1962 – Graham Young is arrested for murder

Graham Young was only 14 years old when he was arrested for murder – and the murder in question was that of his stepmother, Molly. He had also been trying to poison his father, sister and a friend of his from school.

Young was convicted on three counts of attempted murder (the murder of his stepmother could not be verified, as she had been cremated) and served nine years in a prison for the mentally unstable. After his release, he poisoned at least another seventy-two people, two of them fatally. He was once again arrested, and this time sentenced to life in prison. He eventually died in prison at the age of 42.

Referenced in:

Poison — Macabre
Taste the Pain (Graham Young) — Church Of Misery

1934 – Bonnie and Clyde’s criminal career ends in a hail of gunfire

After a killing, shooting and robbing spree that had lasted for more than two years by that time, Bonnie parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed not far from their hideout in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, by a posse of six police officers. Only two of the police were Louisiana officers, the remaining four were Texas officers who been tracking the couple for some time. Two nights before the event, they had learned of the couple’s likely whereabouts while in nearby Shreveport, and had set up the ambush on the 22nd, lying in wait.

In the space of less than fifteen minutes, the variously armed sextet of police fired over 130 rounds into the car. Parker and Barrow were each hit at least 25 times, and died before firing halted. There was consierable controversy about this at the time, not least since the couple were folk heroes of a sort. In particular, there were no warrants in Bonnie’s name for any violent crime (although Clyde was a suspect in ten murders, in addition to numerous other crimes).

Referenced in:

B&C – Utada Hikaru
Bonnie & Clyde – Big Japan
’97 Bonnie and Clyde – Eminem
’97 Bonnie and Clyde – Tori Amos
Bonnie and Clyde – Belinda Carlisle
Bonnie and Clyde – Martina Sorbara
Bonnie Und Clyde – Die Toten Hosen
Demolition Lovers – My Chemical Romance
Bonnie Parker’s 115th Dream – Johnny Boy
Legend of Bonnie and Clyde – Merle Haggard
Bonnie and Clyde – Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde – Georgie Fame and His Blue Flames