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*HISTORIC REMINGTON MODEL 8 RIFLE USED TO KILL BONNIE & CLYDE. This lot also incl. an affidavit by Reves Jordan, brother of Sheriff Henderson Jordan, who was in charge of the ambush. Jordan states that this is the gun that was used by Prentis Oakley in the shootout. This notarized document was executed Sept. 21, 1980. Another notarized document, executed Dec. 18, 1967, is signed by HN Davis, Sheriff of Bienville Parish following the retirement of Prentis Oakley, attesting that this is the gun by which they were killed. Cal. 35 Rem. SN 48990. Standard rifle with 22″ shrouded bbl, silver bead front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured American walnut with uncheckered semi-schnable tipped forearm & semi-pistol grip stock with serrated steel buttplate.

This is the actual rifle used by Bienville Parish, Louisiana Deputy Sheriff Prentis Oakley to kill Clyde Barrow & possibly Bonnie Parker also. On morning of May 23, 1934, Bonnie & Clyde were traveling down Ringgold Road in the Parish, allegedly headed for Arcadia, Louisiana to rob the bank there. Bienville Parish Sheriff Henderson Jordan had received a tip of the pair’s planned activities & had contacted Capt. Frank Hamer & Manny Gault from Texas who had warrants for their arrests for murder. Both these men traveled to Bienville Parish & brought along Deputies Bob Alcorn & Ted Hinton of the Dallas County (TX) Sheriff’s Dept. to participate in the arrests. Sheriff Henderson & Deputy Oakley wanted to try to capture the pair but the Texas law enforcement people dissuaded them, stating that Clyde would never surrender. They set up an ambush on the Ringgold Road where they waited continuously for a day & a half until about mid-morning on the 23rd when one of the Texas Deputies spotted the gray Ford that the pair had stolen several days before up in Kansas. He notified the other posse members who were concealed near a truck they had commandeered to partially block the road. When Bonnie & Clyde stopped to ask if they could help the truck driver the posse opened fire & killed them instantly. Bienville Parish Deputy Oakley inadvertently fired before the signal stating that he had a bead on Clyde’s head & fired the first two rounds before the rest of posse opened up. It is well documented that Clyde was shot in left side of the head, as was Bonnie. It is almost certain that Deputy Oakley killed Clyde & may have also killed Bonnie.

Deputy Oakley was using this rifle that he had borrowed from his friend, a local doctor by the name of Shehee. Oakley had apparently previously borrowed this rifle for hunting in previous years & when he was notified he was to participate in the posse, not having a high powered rifle of his own, he borrowed this one from Dr. Shehee. This rifle remained in the Sheriff’s vault for many years afterward, apparently being taken out occasionally for display & hunting. It was purchased by the consignor in late 1960’s. Accompanied by several 1960’s pulp renditions of the story of Bonnie & Clyde, copies of numerous newspaper articles of their deaths, a paperback book, Bonnie and Clyde a Twenty-First-Century Update, Knight & Davis, published in 2003, a 33 rpm record titled, The Truth About Bonnie & Clyde, a hardback book, On the Trail of Bonnie & Clyde Then and Now, Ramsey, published in 2003. Also accompanied by a copy of a notarized statement by Reves Jordan, brother of Sheriff Jordan, telling of Deputy Oakley borrowing the rifle from Dr. Shehee; a notarized letter also from Reves Jordan identifying this rifle, by model & serial number, as the one owned by Dr. Shehee & used by Deputy Oakley when Bonnie & Clyde were killed. There is another identical statement by someone named Williams, who was the brother-in-law of Dr. Shehee.

The evidence affirms that this is the exact rifle which Deputy Oakley used during the ambush of Bonnie & Clyde & almost assuredly is the rifle that killed Clyde Barrow & probably killed Bonnie Parker. This rifle has been displayed a number of times but most importantly was part of the Remington exhibit at The Cody Firearms Museum in 1997 & is pictured on p. 278 in the book, The Guns of Remington, Madaus. Two pieces of museum label copy for this rifle are also included. CONDITION: Good. Very little orig finish remains, only in sheltered areas with most of surfaces being a blue/gray patina. Stock has numerous light nicks & scratches & a crack in wrist and retains a hand rubbed patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-57943 (50,000-150,000)

Auction: Firearms - Spring 2006
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