Buck Barrow, Clyde's older brother, showed up at the gates of Huntsville
prison, two days after Christmas, on December 27, 1931, and voluntarily
surrendered, to the prison officials.
He told them, that after escaping earlier, He had gotten married and that
after telling his new wife, that he was a fugitive from justice, she demanded,
that he return to prison again, to serve out his time.
After his pardon from prison, he swore that he would, "stay out of trouble".
But, despite protest from his wife Blanche, and her family, Buck joined Bonnie,
Clyde and W.D. Jones, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. Blanche reluctantly went along
with him, to visit her new brother-in-law Clyde.
After traveling to Joplin Missouri, they set up housekeeping in a rented bungalow.
Clyde, posed as a Mr. W. J. Callahan, a visiting civil engineer, from Minnesota.
He booked the limestone apartment house at 3347 1/2 34th Street. The apartment
had a large comfortable livingroom, two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen.
It sat on the corner of 34th Street and Oak Ridge Drive, on a quiet tree-lined
road on Freeman Grove, and had a double garage in which they could stow away two
of their three vehicles. Along with the apartment, he also rented a garage at 3339
Oakridge Drive, to keep their third motor car out of sight.
Things were quiet at first, But after a while, the locals became suspicious of
their visitors from Texas and called in the police. As a result of the gun battle
here, two peace officers died. Constable Wes Harryman age 41 and father of five
children died on the spot, as a result, Mrs. Harryman was forced to sell the small
family farm to continue feeding the family.
Detective Harry McGinnis died later that evening in St. John's Hospital in Joplin.
He was three weeks away from marrying his fiance' Nellie Gager.