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Bonnie and Clyde movie puts spotlight on Texoma

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Clyde Barrow killed an Atoka County deputy in a shootout in 1932. (Archive) Clyde Barrow killed an Atoka County deputy in a shootout in 1932. (Archive)
Atoka Museum director Gwen Walker next to a memorial honoring two Atoka County lawmen involved in a 1932 shootout with outlaw Clyde Barrow. (KTEN) Atoka Museum director Gwen Walker next to a memorial honoring two Atoka County lawmen involved in a 1932 shootout with outlaw Clyde Barrow. (KTEN)
Atoka County Sheriff C.G. Maxwell (left) was injured and Deputy Eugene Moore was killed in a 1932 shootout with Clyde Barrow and his gang in Stringtown, Oklahoma. (File) Atoka County Sheriff C.G. Maxwell (left) was injured and Deputy Eugene Moore was killed in a 1932 shootout with Clyde Barrow and his gang in Stringtown, Oklahoma. (File)
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow pose for a photo in the early 1930s. (Archive.org) Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow pose for a photo in the early 1930s. (Archive.org)

It's a story many people weren't familiar with. 

The Netflix movie "The Highwaymen" recounts the efforts of a pair of Texas Rangers who caught up with the infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.

The film puts Texoma landmarks front and center, and also portrays former Grayson County Sheriff Lee Simmons.

But the ties of Clyde Barrow and his sidekick Bonnie Parker don't end there.

Across the Red River and north on US 69 sits Stringtown, north of Atoka. The town was changed forever on August 5, 1932.

It was early in Barrow's criminal career, and Paula and Ron Pierce know the story better than anyone. They are family members of former Atoka County Sheriff C.G. Maxwell, who -- with help from Deputy Eugene Moore -- tried to arrest Barrow and his gang outside a dance hall.

"The sheriff and the deputy walked to the vehicle and they started shooting them," Ron Pierce said.

Moore was killed; Maxwell survived, but was seriously wounded by seven shots.

Historian and Atoka Museum manager Gwen Walker took us out to a memorial along US 69 documenting that grim day.

"Our Sheriff, Mr. Maxwell, and his deputy and other law enforcement officers were all there that night, and no one knows of Mr. Maxwell had a feeling that maybe the guys were in this area," Walker said.

Bonnie Parker was not with Barrow on that night. Walker believes the Stringtown shooting was one of Barrow's first murders.

"It was a tight-knit community, and they were just down there having fun, and never expected someone to die that night and cause such turmoil," Ron Pierce said.

The Pierces have seen "The Highwaymen" and say for the first time, the sacrifice of Deputy Moore was honored, while Bonnie and Clyde were portrayed accurately.

"They were ruthless killers, and that's all they were," Paula Pierce said.

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