The History of Notorious Female Criminals in the United States

Bonnie Parker, born on October 1st, 1910 in Rowena, Texas, is perhaps the most notorious female criminal in United States history. She’s one half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo, and there have been countless movies and even songs written about them. My favorite song being Bonnie And Clyde by Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot. It’s a classic!

Now, all though Bonnie Parker is the most memorable, there have been countless other high-profile female criminals over the decades. Perhaps you’ve heard of Patty Hearst and Diane Downs? These two and many others are the focus of this colorful, illustrated, historical overview.

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No one likes being the victim of crime. As a society, most of us have come to the conclusion that stealing, killing, and any other number of universally immoral acts just aren’t good for progress. However, that’s not to say that stories about these criminals aren’t exciting.

As I mentioned earlier, Bonnie and Clyde were the inspiration behind numerous movies, songs, and books, and they’re not the only criminals that have gotten the star treatment. As a society we publicly condemn their often savage acts, but privately (or perhaps not so privately) we love to live vicariously through the characters on the screen and in the pages of the books we read.

Maybe one day we’ll figure out why…



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