Have you ever heard of a movie star being buried in her car? Well, it might sound weird but it actually happened. The movie star in question was none other than Bonnie Parker, one half of the notorious criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde were infamous criminals who terrorized the central United States during the Great Depression. They were known for their string of robberies, murders, and other crimes. The duo became so notorious that they were even featured in newspapers across the country.
In May 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by law enforcement officers near Sailes, Louisiana. They were driving a stolen Ford V8 when they were stopped by a group of six lawmen. The officers opened fire on the car, killing both Bonnie and Clyde instantly.
After their deaths, Bonnie’s family requested that her body be returned to them for burial. However, the authorities refused to release her body as they feared that it would become a public spectacle. Instead, Bonnie’s body was buried in Fishtrap Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.
But what about her car? Well, after their deaths, the bullet-riddled Ford V8 was towed to a local funeral home where it was prepared for display. Thousands of people came to see the car and pay their respects to Bonnie and Clyde.
Eventually, the car was sold at auction to Charles Stanley who later toured it around carnivals and fairs across America. In 1940, Stanley decided that he wanted to capitalize on his investment even more by charging people to see Bonnie’s actual burial site inside the car. He placed her coffin inside the car and displayed it at various events across the country.
Final Resting Place
Finally, in 1945 after years of touring around the country, Bonnie’s body was buried in the same cemetery as her mother. Her coffin was removed from the car and placed in a traditional burial plot.
Bonnie Parker’s story is a tragic one, but it’s also a fascinating one. Her death and subsequent burial inside her car are just another part of this story that has captivated people for decades. While it might seem strange to us now, at the time it was just another chapter in the saga of Bonnie and Clyde.