A History of a Clyde Barrow Shotgun and Related Artifacts
by Robert E. Davis
Clyde Barrow was wanted on criminal counts out of Waco, and he was arrested in Denton County on March 2, 1930. He was transferred to Waco by officers Holt and Hatt on March 3 and on March 5, Clyde pleaded guilty to a total of seven criminal charges filed in McLennan County, including a charge of stealing W.W. Cameron’s automobile. (Cameron’s name is synonymous with Waco history due to his decision to donate hundreds of acres of land to the city of Waco in memory of his father, William Cameron; the land was named Cameron Park in his honor.)
Clyde was sentenced to serve two years in the state jail at Huntsville. While awaiting transfer, he shared a cell with two petty criminals named Willie Turner and Emery Abernathy. Together, they hatched a plan for a daring escape, but for it to succeed they would need someone on the outside. Bonnie fit the bill perfectly.
In the Spring of 1995, I was called by my son-in-law, Allen Chick, of Waco, Texas to come over to his house and look at a gun that was owned by a friend. When I looked at the gun, it was a "sawed off" 16 guage shotgun. The gun had been wrapped in a pink blanket, cinched with a large black leather belt. After looking at the gun and the artifacts (explained later) I negotiated for the gun, and finally inOCtober 2000, I bought the entire collection. The following information is based on research concerning the "Barrow Gang" and the Shotgun. - Robert Davis