Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Nellie" Stamps-- A Bonnie & Clyde Mystery No Longer

According to Bonnie & Clyde scholars and seemingly everyone else-- she was known as Aunt Millie Stamps.  However according to Billie Parker, Millie (as she's been inexplicably called for so long)-- was none other than Aunt Nellie, her father Charlie Parker's sister.  This curious contradiction surfaced within Billie's handwritten journal-- where she chronicled in detail, traits and idiosyncrasies concerning a whole slew of Parker family members.  

Although some have been critical of Billie's recollections (I believe "just" to be critical)-- in somehow doubting the person perhaps closest to Bonnie & Clyde, who "was there" at key times during this history-- and who knew Bonnie & Clyde's inner workings likely better than anyone-- I've sided with those who've had the unique privilege to know Billie, in choosing to believe in her accounts without much reservation.  And now "low and behold"-- when the resting place of Mrs. Stamps is located-- her given name of Nellie is indeed engraved on her headstone.  How about that!!  Now maybe Billie's account of the Sowers ambush attempt, will be taken more seriously.  You mean the Lawmen lied re: Sowers??  Say it ain't so.

Anyway, as can happen around here-- sometimes I'm approached by some with interesting historical info concerning Bonnie & Clyde.  With many "thanks" to James-- he has provided important info concerning Nellie Stamps, from sources in New Mexico. So whatever happened to Nellie??  Was she killed as rumored, by Bonnie & Clyde or Ray Hamilton for betraying them-- as Deputy Johns reported they discussed and which he apparently discouraged??  Apparently not.  According to her obituary-- Nellie passed from this world on October 5th, 1944 at age 63.  She is buried in the Carlsbad Cemetery.   

I'm working to obtain clear images of vintage news articles provided me, concerning the Nellie Stamps incident and kidnapping of Deputy Sheriff Joe Johns in Carlsbad on August 13th, 1932.  Again my thanks to James-- for being of valuable assistance to this blog and Bonnie & Clyde History.

Vintage pic of D.M. and Nellie Stamps property as it looked at some point after the Bonnie & Clyde Carlsbad incident. This photo was apparently taken from a Southeastern vantage point-- with the main house facing West.

A similar view of the old Stamps property in a recent photo.  Although the main house was thought removed in the 1970's or '80's-- the pumping station visible in the vintage photo, still stands off camera to the right.       

Another angle of property showing the original pumping station still hanging in there.

As more has been learned from credible sources in recent years-- in many instances, Bonnie & Clyde History has needed to be revised to accommodate knowledge lost for so long.  I can't say, why a wrong identity has been associated with Nellie Parker Stamps??-- although the families' portrayal of Bonnie & Clyde History within the book Fugitives comes to mind.  However I feel confident-- that now Nellie's true identity is indeed correct.  

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Dallas Bonnie & Clyde Exhibition, Aims at Greatness Beyond 2001

For some time behind the scenes, Dallas Historical Society Curator and friend Alan Olson-- has had "big plans" on tap.  Plans to recreate the renown 2001 Bonnie & Clyde Exhibition held at the Hall of State in Dallas.  That Bonnie & Clyde extravaganza (remembered fondly to this day)-- ran that year for nearly 3 weeks during the State Fair of Texas, and featured the largest number of Bonnie & Clyde artifacts ever assembled under one roof.  

So how to top that Bonnie & Clyde "Plum" of an event??  Do it again!!  No small feat, considering Alan's daunting challenge of once again assembling B&C treasures-- many of which have have changed hands, been lost within Estates or who's whereabouts are now less than understood.  But as good fortune would have it-- in addition to well established Bonnie & Clyde treasures, a number of newly unearthed Bonnie & Clyde artifacts have surfaced within that past decade, which allow for new life to be breathed into this renewed effort at "historical bliss".

With many thanks to Alan, here's what I know at this point.  The Dallas Historical Society plans the new Bonnie & Clyde Exhibit to again be housed at the Hall of State-- Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.  With date TBA-- the exhibition will commence in May of 2013 and run through the end of the year or early into 2014.  So a good long run, for those interested in Bonnie & Clyde History-- to enjoy viewing rare Bonnie & Clyde artifacts.  And despite the proliferation of fakes, which plague this and other histories-- offered by charlatans to unsuspecting buyers within an age of "I don't care" mentality-- let me assure you, "true" Bonnie & Clyde artifacts are few and far between.  So a collection of Bonnie & Clyde historical wares of this magnitude, will be a "quite remarkable" thing to behold.  

As this is not an event to be missed if at all possible to attend-- I would encourage those who can, to keep a spot clear on your calenders, and make plans for what is sure to be an "unforgettable" wingding of a Bonnie & Clyde historical bash.  Alan has kindly asked many who own Bonnie & Clyde artifacts, to make loans to The DHS for this exhibition.  As such, I plan on providing a number of my Bonnie & Clyde artifacts for this "wonderful" cause-- and know of others who've most graciously offered to share their Bonnie & Clyde historical vestiges with Bonnie & Clyde aficionados for this remarkable event.    

Besides the Dallas Historical Society's request for artifacts of known location-- the search is on for whatever authentic Bonnie & Clyde pieces may be available for loan.  Thus an admittedly shameless plug towards aiding this search, in posting a DHS flyer aimed at finding authentic Bonnie & Clyde artifacts.  I would think nothing too small or at all remarkable-- concerning the outlaws or related history, would fail to be considered for exhibition.  So here's that info.

As I've also been asked to participate in this event, seems soon it will be time for a follow up to my 2007 talks at The DHS.  I surely look forward to that renewed experience.  For those who've not had the pleasure of visiting the Dallas Historical Society Museum, you're in for an exceptional treat.  The magnificent Art Deco Age building which houses their collection, is a work of art unto itself-- and "grand" locale for any historical viewing!!  Built in 1936 for The Republic of Texas Centennial, this exceptional building sits amongst a wonderment of 1930's structures perhaps unequaled anywhere.

So as the Beatles sang-- "Grab your coat and grab your hat"-- and plan your trip to Dallas in 2013 for what's bound to be a "gem" of a Bonnie & Clyde historical event-- the new Bonnie & Clyde Exhibition at The Dallas Historical Society Museum/ Hall of State, Dallas.  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde Rumors-- Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex. Did I Mention Sex??

The news clipping above could well be real, as when those interested in Bonnie & Clyde surf the Net-- they're often armed with a variety of questions concerning America's most iconic outlaws.  And when visiting sites such as this-- sometimes those queries can be elevated to "burning questions" status.  It's usually apparent from keywords or phrases entered, which path of interest people wish to explore. Sometimes these keyword entries are poignant, sometimes insightful-- and sometimes seem laced with humor, whether intended or not by those who write them.

Bonnie & Clyde sexual rumors have captured the imagination of many over the years, who feel there may be something to them (or wish there was)-- even though seemingly no true evidence exists, to support lurid Bonnie & Clyde promiscuity in one form or another. As I respect fairness-- I surely won't pale from this issue or dismiss it, as some needless exercise which lives only within the minds of some.  But at the same time, I feel it important to stay focused in promoting factual Bonnie & Clyde history-- especially in dealing with unfounded rumors, which include Bonnie & Clyde sexuality.  

With that in mind-- every so often I'll poke some good natured fun at memorable keyword entries, to highlight unusual questions and comments made-- by those hoping to turn water into wine within their searches for Bonnie & Clyde sexcapades.  When true historical questions are asked-- I'll usually smile, and think "bless you".  However, you've gotta hand it to those "hellbent" on exploring Bonnie and Clyde sexual issues-- until by God, they learn the "sordid truth"-- and for the creative ways they phrase things.  

For research into this subject, more likely to "be" true-- please view the August 8th, 2009 post "Sordid Rumors and Innuendos Exposed" (link in Popular Posts << blog left, now re-edited.  I plan a follow up to this oft-read piece at some point, with newly researched info which could shed additional light on the source(s) of Bonnie & Clyde sexual rumors.  Some sources may surprise you-- and some may not.  But for now, please enjoy some Bonnie & Clyde keyword slings and arrows (aimed every which way)-- within a seemingly "insatiable" quest for Bonnie & Clyde sexual insights.  

Bonnie & Clyde couldn't perform sex    
"Finally" someone who knows for sure.

Was Bonnie a homosexual?  
So if Bonnie & Clyde were both gay??--  
"hell"-- it's B&C rumors overload!! 

Bonnie and Clyde no sex
"Nope, that's it"-- "No sex for you".

The Bonnie & Clyde effect.                       
Not a sexual comment-- but I like it.

Clyde Barrow impotent or gay?   

Blanche Barrow's dog Snowball
Blanche & Snowball would thank you.

Bonnie & Clyde movie gay                 
But some people liked it.

Bonnie and Clyde have sex
"That's better"-- more encouragement please.

Bonnie & Clyde bi-sexual
Someone knows their Statistics--
the most subsets.

What was wrong with Clyde Barrow sexually?     
I don't know-- but I'll leave it to you to ask him.

Bonnie Parker and Frank Hamer photo               
Don't believe everything you see in movies.       

Tijuana Bible-- Passionate Mother
I'm.. "not" goin' there.

Bonnie Parker was stripped nude.
Something we can all count on, when we pass.

Luckiest cop alive patrolman Polk Ivy 1934         
I want this person to title a book for me.  

Did Clyde Parker have sexual problems?               
"My new favorite"!! 

Buddy and Clyde
Eh-- ah-- "Oh".

Clyde Barrow sex preferences truth
Seems a "key" question in all the world 
for some.

Jeff Guinn Bonnie and Clyde movie
"No, no-- a thousand times no!!" 

Bonnie and Clyde du sexe                                    
Looks so much cooler in French. 

Bonnie Parker Moon's drive in 
Not sure what this means-- 
but didn't know that. 

Bonnie & Clyde sex movie                                    
"OMG"-- You Tube's gonna crash.

Bonny and Clide sex
Too many double entendres.

Bonnie Parker W.D. affair 
Most of these come from California,
but this one came from Texas.

Why couldn't Bonnie have sex with Clyde?
Why couldn't Clyde have sex with Bonnie?
Posted 10 minutes apart and from 
2 different places-- it's true!!

So there you have it.  Proof positive, the fascination with Bonnie & Clyde sexual rumors is alive & well. My challenge of many years-- remains as vital now as ever concerning this topic.  I've challenged anyone, to please produce real evidence (not innuendo or supposition)-- to support any Bonnie & Clyde sexual rumor.  You'd think after so long-- someone somewhere, would've been able to back these rumors if true.  The more time that passes, with accounts of those closest to Bonnie & Clyde still standing as testimony to these rumors being false-- the less likely it seems, scurrilous Bonnie & Clyde banter may ever be supported.  

I and others familiar with this history could be wrong-- but I still say "show me some evidence"-- or likely consider these rumors just that.  Keep those questions and keyword phrases coming in-- and seek "truth" in Bonnie & Clyde History.