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Clearly, 2009 is The Year of Bonnie and Clyde. Seventy-five years after their deaths by ambush, you've got two new books on shelves at this very moment: former Star-Telegram books editor Jeff Guinn's Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde and Paul Schneider's Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend, both of which follow the West Dallas bank robbers from anonymity to immortality. Three Broadway stage productions are in the works; it's a race to the big finish. And, starting this summer in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana (alas, not Texas, not for one second), Tonya S. Holly will begin directing The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, starring Lizzie McGuire as the outlaw buried at Crown Hill Memorial Park in Northwest Dallas. (Clyde, of course, is buried next to brother Buck at the Western Heights Cemetery on Fort Worth Avenue.)
This morning's Washington Post has a lengthy piece on the twosome's lasting legend, including a stopover at the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, Louisiana, which is owned by Dallas historian Ken Holmes and run by L.J. "Boots" Hinton, son of former Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Ted Hinton, who was among those who contributed a few bullets toward the gruesome end of Bonnie and Clyde. Says Hinton of the couple's enduring appeal so close to the anniversary of their May 23 deaths, it's simple: "It's a love story."