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A Bonnie-and-Clyde boom
Legend boosts Louisiana parish where pair died
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GIBSLAND, La. - The day after police gunned down Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in north-central Louisiana, 20,000 gawkers and souvenir-hunters overran the nearest town.
Seventy years after that ambush in rural Bienville Parish, ‘‘the Southwest’s most notorious bandit and his gun moll,’’ as The News-Star of Monroe described them at the time, are again packing them in.
‘‘We’ve got people calling from everywhere trying to get here,’’ said Sharon Martin, a coordinator for the Bonnie & Clyde Festival in Gibsland, 8 miles down U.S. 80 from Arcadia, the nearest town to the ambush site. ‘‘Because of the anniversary and some Internet sites, we are expecting a lot more participation.’’