Bonnie and Clyde’s gruesome end was captured in black-and-white photos showing their bullet-riddled corpses being paraded by the police officers who killed them.
The loved-up murderers began their terrifying two-year crime spree in 1932, ruthlessly robbing banks and shops, and killing anyone who stood in their way.
As their notoriety grew, the public became enamoured by the lovestruck pair who were catapulted to fame during the “public enemies” era of the US Great Depression.
But after evading police countless times, their luck ran out in 1934 when they were ambushed and shot dead by officers who fired 107 bullets in less than two minutes.
More than 80 years later, a previously undeveloped black-and-white photo has emerged showing the couple kissing, along with snaps of lawmen standing over their bodies and the public looking at bullet holes in their stolen car.
Images of legendary Bonnie Parker, 24, and Clyde Barrow, 23, were on display at the Photographs Do Not Bend (PDNB) Gallery, in Dallas, Texas, in addition to a copy of Clyde’s criminal record, his fingerprints and a warning reading “This man is very dangerous and extreme care should be taken when arresting him”.
Gallery director Burt Finger, 74, said: “There are certain outlaws that become iconic, like Billy the Kid, Al Capone and others, who live on forever.
“Bonnie and Clyde were certainly that, they were both handsome people, were nobodies, and they robbed banks at a time when banks were not loved by everyone.
They had eluded capture for many years, their apprehension was strategic and tactical, it worked like a military operation.
“It was planned out to the letter, officers didn’t want Bonnie and Clyde to get away and to potentially go on to kill other police officers and civilians.”
Mr Finger said the previous owner had acquired the photos from her uncle, who worked at a local newspaper in Louisiana, where the couple were gunned down by a posse of lawmen hiding in bushes on a motorway near the town of Gibsland.
The town now hosts the annual Bonnie and Clyde Festival and has set up a museum in the former cafe where the couple had their final meal.
Mr Finger said: “The images are like a storyboard to a movie, but it reminds you that these were actual people aside from the portrayals and preconceptions.
“Some of the photographs are gory, they were killed in a horrible manner, but they were killers too – I’m like a doctor and look at them in a clinical way.”
The photos were on show at the gallery up until recently when they were bought by private collector Thomas Yurkin.
The 55-year-old creative director has displayed some of the snaps in his home in Dallas.
He said: “I see them as historical photographs, I am their owner and custodian, they are an important part of American, Texas and local Dallas history.
“My favourite photograph is the two of them embracing, which they had taken while they were in Joplin, Missouri.
Shortly after they were discovered in the area, so had to escape pretty quickly – there was film that had been unprocessed, I believe this was one of the photos from then.
“The other photos show Clyde’s arrest warrant, his record, another shows the officers and individuals that ambushed them in Louisiana and I have a couple of the car that they were driving.
“As they were dragged into the city towed by a car, people were cutting off their hair and clothes, one guy was trying to cut off Clyde’s ear, another tried to cut off his finger.
“I have one image that shows some of their clothing and when they were killed as well as other pictures of them lying on the gurney table.”
It wasn’t long after loved-up pair met in 1930 that Clyde was imprisoned for stealing a car and lovesick Bonnie helped him to escape from prison by smuggling him a gun.
He was captured and released two years later, marking the beginning of the crime spree with gang members including Clyde’s older brother Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche.
Public opinion turned against Bonnie and Clyde after two young police officers – including one on his second day of duty – were murdered by their gang in present-day Southlake, Texas, on Easter Sunday in 1934., just weeks before the ambush.
Bonnie and Clyde’s love story was adapted into a film in 1967, and the unseen images are now keeping their legend alive.
Mr Yurkin said: “It explains the whole public enemy era, a little bit of their love story and that there were a lot of victims, as well as delving into what was happening during the depression era.
“It was like they could never get caught and always seemed to just about escape, they were always really lucky.”