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The following newspaper articles are clippings extracted from The Dallas Dispatch.

MRS. PARKER HYSTERICAL AT NEWS OF DEATH

    Mrs. Emma Parker, mother of the slain Bonnie, became highly hysterical at her residence, 232 W. Eighth st, when she heard the news of the killing of Bonnie and Clyde Barrow.  She refused to see anyone and friends and neighbors helped keep curious and inquisitive persons from her.
     Mrs. Parker was advised by telephone of Bonnie's death and fainted.  Altho she knew what would be the end of her daughter - death - and tho she had steeled herself against the tragedy that was sure to come, Mrs. Parker could not control the grief - that of a mother.
     The report that Bonnie had been killed was not a new one to Mrs. Parker.  Often she had been called and informed her daughter was dead by those seeking information and hoping Mrs. Parker would break when told Bonnie had reached the end of her infamous career.  But the Wednesday report bore a ring of truthfulness to it - Bonnie was dead.
 
"Never Killed."
     Mrs. Parker wanted Bonnie to come home and go straight.  "Sure, I want her to come home," she said.  "But she won't.  She couldn't if she wanted to."
     Mrs. Parker is confident the little blond who left here many months ago to lead one of the most spectacular lives in the history of southwestern crime, wound not and did not ever kill a man.
     "Why, Bonnie wouldn't shoot anyone," she had said.  "If she ever had a gun in her hands it was after she went with Clyde.  We never had a gun in our house."
     Bonnie's father died when she was a small girl.  She had a sister, Mrs. Fred Mace, Now under indictment with Floyd Hamilton for the killing of two highway officers.

Billie Parker Sobs in Cell in Fort Worth
     Fort Worth, May 23 - The death of her sister, Bonnie Parker, and Clyde Barrow was no surprise to Mrs. Billie Mace, she sobbed here today in her jail cell.
     "I had been expecting it." she told Sheriff C. D. Little when he broke the news to her.  She gasped, hung her head and then broke into sobs.  In a few minutes she gamely dried away her tears.
     Mrs. Mace is being held under charges of murder in the slaying of two highway patrolmen near Grapevine, Easter Sunday.  Charged with her is Floyd Hamilton, brother of Raymond Hamilton, Barrow's former partner in crime.
Bonnie and Clyde at a clandestine picnic
Bonnie & Clyde at one of the many picnics in Dallas.  In this way they managed a fleeting rendezvous with their families.
GOD HAVE MERCY ON HIS SOUL, SOBS MOTHER
     

"I knew it was coming - I just felt it last night when I stayed on my knees and begged God to let me see my baby alive  one more time - God, please have mercy on his soul....."
     Walking the floor of the bare living room in the rear of the little service station she and her aged husband operate on the Eagle Ford rd., Mrs. Henry F. Barrow, mother of the southwest's No. 1 bad man, wrung her hands and wept bitterly when told the details of the slaying early Wednesday of Clyde and Bonnie Parker.
     Mrs. Barrow, frail, gray and heavily lined, said she "must go at once to my baby - don't care where he is - he's my baby - all I had."
 
"Just a Relief"
     Outside, his gray head bowed and his eyes filled with tears, the old father of Clyde went about his duties of servicing cars that stopped in front of his station.
     "I guess it's a relief - I knew it was coming pretty soon," he said when a reporter for the Dallas Dispatch talked with him.
     "How long has it been since you and Mrs. Barrow talked with Clyde or Bonnie?" he was asked.
     "Oh, some time - a long time, I guess - seems longer, I suppose than it really is." he replied.
     "Clyde's mother --" the reporter started to say---.
     "That's the hard part of it - she's always believed in him - knew he was wrong, but like me, she wanted to stick with her child."
     About that time a crippled boy in a Ford roadster drove up.  "Heard the news?" he asked Barrow.  "Yes, I guess it's so." Barrow replied.  "It's him and her."  The officers didn't give 'em a chance, I hear," the boy continued.   "Shot 'em down without Clyde getting a chance to do a thing."
     In the house Mrs. Barrow continued her walking.
     On the table beside the little iron bed was a Bible and beside it a picture of Clyde and Buck, her other son shot down as a bandit by the law.
     "I wanted to see him one more time - wanted to kiss him and tell him mama loves him," Mrs. Barrow cried.  "He was good - good to me and pa - never abused us like some boys do."
 
Several Cars Stop
     Several cars stopped at the station during the few minutes newspaper men were there.
     None seemed to know the sadness that had suddenly descended upon the little house.
     None seemed to know that old man Barrow's heart was heavy as he filled radiators and gas tanks, thanked purchasers courteously for their patronage and welcomed them back.
     From the house came again the loud weeping of the mother.  "What have done, oh God, to deserve all this?" she cried.  "They killed Buck and now they've killed my baby - oh did ever a mother suffer as I have!"
     Old man Barrow went about his work filling tanks.  "When they bring him back, we want him buried like anybody else," Barrow said.  "We don't want folks to crowd around and look at the boy like he was a show.  He was just a human - went wrong, that's all."
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