Immediately following the murders in Grapevine, Texas of two
highway patrolmen, Bonnie, Clyde and Henry Methvin were on the
run again. Sighted in the Texarkana, Arkansas area, they crossed
the Red River and entered into Oklahoma where heavy rains had been
battering the area for days.
Their Ford had become stuck in the mud, so Clyde and Methvin
attempted to flag down a passing motorist at gunpoint. The
motorist accelerated to safety and notified authorities about
the outlaws. Police Chief Percy Boyd and Constable Cal Campbell
went to the location to investigate, and exchanged gunfire with
The sixty-three year old Campbell fell with a bullet to the
heart and Boyd who was in his thirties had received a head wound
and immediately surrendered. Barrow and Methvin then flagged down
a truck driver and at gunpoint forced him to liberate their car
from the mud.
When the truck driver looked inside of the car, he had noticed
Bonnie Parker calmly smoking a cigarette and a bloody subdued
Chief Boyd. Barrow told the trucker to warn the laws to back off
or the captured police chief would be killed. Clyde gave Chief
Boyd a new shirt to replace his bloody one and then began driving
around the countryside. During his ordeal on the road with the Barrow
gang, he struck up a conversation with the outlaws, bringing up
subjects such as the Grapevine murders.
Clyde denied any involvment in the killings and Bonnie expressed her
dismay at being dubbed a "cigar smoking gun moll". She wanted him to
tell the public that she didn't smoke 'em, saying "nice girls don't
smoke cigars". At a stop near Ft. Scott near the Missouri border they
bought a newspaper and read about the abduction of Chief Boyd, and also
learned of the death of Constable Campbell.
After a carefree picnic in the woods with their captive, they released
him nine miles south of Ft. Scott. Seventy-five miles to the south in
Coffeyville a large search party was scouring the area looking for the
elusive Barrow gang. This included Frank Hamer, Bob Alcorn, Manny Gault
and Ted Hinton. When they had received word of the police chief's release,
they were anxious to learn all of the details of his ordeal with the
notorious Barrow gang.