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gun moll was the female companion of an American gangster of the
1920s and 30s. Gun is an obsolete English slang word, deriving
from "ganef", itself a Yiddish borrowing meaning
"thief". Moll, from Molly a diminutive of Mary, was a
euphemism for whore or prostitute. These women for the most part
were unremarkable except for their association with some of the
most notorious killers of the times and organized crime mobsters.
. The word "gun moll" can also mean a female companion
of a robber or terrorist, and not only just a gangster. Bonnie
Parker and Blanche Barrow were notable because of their active
participation in the criminal activities of the Barrow Gang.
Elizabeth Parker was born October 1, 1910, in Rowena, Texas, the
second of three children. Her father, Charles Parker (? -
c.1914), a bricklayer, died when Bonnie was four, prompting her
mother, Emma Krause Parker (c.1886 - 1946), to move with the
children to West Dallas, where they lived in poverty. An honor
roll student in high school where she excelled in creative
writing, she won a County League contest in literary arts, for
Cement City School, and even gave introductory speeches for local
politicians. Described as intelligent and personable yet strong
willed, she was an attractive young woman, small at 4 ft 11 in.
and weighing only 90 pounds.
Fowler of the Dallas Observer noted, "although the
authorities who gunned down the 23-year old in 1934 conceded that
she was no bloodthirsty killer and that when taken into custody
she tended to inspire the paternal aspects of the police who held
her ... there was a mystifying devolution from the high school
poet, speech class star, and mini-celebrity who performed Shirley
Temple-like as a warm up act at the stump speeches of local
politicians to the accomplice of rage-filled Clyde Barrow :."
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