Ambush: The Real Story of Bonnie and Clyde

Ambush: The Real Story of Bonnie and Clyde

by Ted Hinton, Larry Grove

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Overview

The story of Bonnie and Clyde—their love, their desperate killings, and their destruction in an explosion of gun fire—has fueled an American legend more than seventy years. But it is only with this book by the last surviving officer of the six who shot Bonnie and Clyde that the full story of their capture has been told.

Ted Hinton's description of a secret, illegal police trap—hidden at the time from the press and public—is one of many revelations he draws from his intimate knowledge of the greatest manhunt of the 1930s. As a Dallas lawman he spent seventeen months, night and day, on the trail of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. He knew the notorious criminals personally from the seamy, hoodlum-ridden Dallas neighborhoods where they all grew up. He shared their code of toughness and genu­inely admired the extraordinary courage, skill, and loyalty that made Bonnie and Clyde stand out almost as heroes in the public imagination. Hinton admired them, but he never doubted that they had to be stopped. The long trail could only end in a shootout and their deaths-or his.

Hinton's experiences as a green young sheriff's deputy and his compassion for outlaw lovers give Ambush an unusual dimension of humanity. Twenty-seven photographs underscore the book's vivid au­thenticity. And the author's meticulous research, using sources avail­able to no one else, makes this the definitive work of fact.
The result is a powerful human drama of crime and the law: the real story of Bonnie and Clyde.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162859864
Publisher: Eakin Press
Publication date: 03/05/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 411,763
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

TED HINTON, born in 1904, was a rookie sheriff's deputy when he tracked down Bonnie and Clyde in 1933-34. As a lawman he worked on other famous cases of burglary, kidnapping, and murder as well. He had learned to fly in 1929 and left police work to train pilots during World II. Later he worked as a pilot himself and owned a trucking company and a motor lodge. In October of 1977, shortly after finishing the manuscript of Ambush, Hinton died at the age of 73.

LARRY GROVE, now deceased, was a free-lance writer and instructor in journalism at Southern Methodist University. He was a writer for the Dallas Morning News, WBAP-TV, and Dallas Times Herald, and he published numerous magazine articles. Grove transcribed Ted Hinton's story in the lawman's own style using tapes, notes, and recorded conversations.

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