Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker pose for the camera. The criminal lovers' 21-month crime spree ended in a hail of bullets 80 years ago, on May 23, 1934.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – An FBI wanted poster warns authorities to use "extreme caution," as the duo were known to kill anyone who got in their way.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – In this circa 1932 image, Parker points a shotgun at Barrow. Despite their romanticized reputation, they robbed small-town banks and gas stations across a number of states, killing at least 12 people.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – Barrow poses with two firearms on the bumper of a car. Barrow was sent to jail not long after he and Parker met in 1930. He escaped, using a gun Parker smuggled to him. He was later recaptured, but returned to his criminal life after being paroled in February 1932.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – Parker was 19 when she met Barrow, and was married to an imprisoned murderer at the time. She had no criminal record herself until the pair joined forces.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – Barrow poses with a small arsenal, including a handgun hanging from the car's hood ornament.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – The lovers' criminal activity garnered the attention of the FBI as well as other authorities, which tracked them to a remote area of Louisiana. Early on the morning of May 23, 1934, a posse of polce officers from Lousiana and Texas laid in wait among the bushes along a dirt road near Gibsland, Louisiana. Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and when they tried to drive away, the officers opened fire.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – The two never made it out of the car. It is believed that 167 bullets were fired into the car, killing them nearly instantly, according to the FBI.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – Bullet holes riddle the tan Ford Bonnie and Clyde were driving when they were ambushed.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – Four members of the six-man posse that took part in the ambush are pictured near Gibsland, Louisiana. Left to right: Dallas County Sheriff's Deputies Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton and former Texas Rangers B.M. "Manny" Gault and Capt. Frank Hamer.
Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde – The pair's end made national headlines. Their 21-month crime spree crossed Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois.