Legend of Bonnie and Clyde topic of talk

By Sharon Adams

Step back in time and immerse yourself in history at an exclusive event presented by the Dallas Historical Society and the Texas Rangers Association Foundation. This unique occasion marks the 90th anniversary of the infamous end of Bonnie and Clyde. Featuring an esteemed panel of guests, including David Born (Sheriff Jordan) and Dean Denton (Deputy Bob Alcorn) from the acclaimed Netflix Original Film, “The Highwaymen,” alongside Mike Gault, the great-grandson of Texas Ranger Maney Gault, and Dr. Jody Edward Ginn of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame/Museum. Guiding the discussion is Justice Ken Wise, host of the popular Wise About Texas podcast.

Photo of Bonnie and Clyde courtesy of Thoughtco.com/American Stock

The panel will delve into the true Bloody Legacy of Bonnie and Clyde, exploring the enduring impact of their story across various mediums, notably feature films. Gain insight firsthand as “The Highwaymen” co-stars recount their experiences filming the iconic ambush scene at the very site of Bonnie and Clyde’s demise.

It’s all happening at the Hall of State at Fair Park on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. Parking is free. CPE credit is available for educators.  

As an extra treat, there is a VIP Meet and Greet beginning at 6 p.m. prior to the lecture for $30 per person. Light snacks and refreshments are available. 

Dr. Ginn will explore the careers of the notorious outlaw couple, emphasizing the impact of their crimes on the victims and families affected by their crime spree. Dr. Ginn is a former law enforcement investigator/administrator and U.S. Army veteran who has worked for over two decades as a public historian. He is the author of “Palmito Ranch: From Civil War Battlefield to National Historic Landmark” and “East Texas Troubles: The Allred Rangers’ Cleanup of San Augustine.” 

Most recently, he served as historical consultant for publicity on the blockbuster new Netflix original film, “The Highwaymen” (starring Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens) and has been quoted in USA Today, Time Magazine, the UK Daily Mirror and Bustle.com.

While you are at the Hall of State, don’t miss the interactive massive diorama of the Alamo, Texas Liberty Forever, and use the iPads to hear the sounds of the battle, see close-up images and hear brief explanations of the different scenes. The app can also be downloaded to your own cell phone to experience this fabulous diorama.  

Karl Chiao is the executive director of the Dallas Historical Society, and Dr. Roy Washburn is board chair. Visit dallashistory.org for more information.