While in Joplin, James R. Knight had a very nice visit with DeWayne Tuttle who owns the property where the Bonnie and Clyde shootout and killing of the two officers occured. Mr. Tuttle has owned the property since 1968, and drew Mr. Knight a diagram of the apartment's original floor plan. It has since been remodeled inside. He also told him how the garage doors worked, explaining how they rolled to one side on an overhead track. He graciously allowed Mr. Knight to take some photos of the inside of the garage layout where the shots came from that had killed the officers. Mr. Knight tells the Hideout, that DeWayne Tuttle is a "salt of the earth" kind of guy, but he does get abused from time to time, by those taking pictures and being rude in general, and who don't have any manners, knowledge or sense of history about the place. He gets tired of that, and that's understandable. He also gets a little tired of folks who go on and on about Bonnie and Clyde, without acknowledging that two good policemen were shot down there in the line of duty. When Mr. Knight was first there a couple of years ago, he had made a point of knocking on his door and asking if it would be ok to take some pictures, and tried to be on his best behavior. A pilot himself, Mr. Knight found common ground for conversation with Mr. Tuttle who is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and a former Flight Engineer on B-17s and B-29s. They both talked airplanes for a while, and when Mr. Knight returned again this time, he was remembered. Mr. Tuttle agreed to have his picture taken in front of the apartment and kindly allows me to share Mr. Knight's findings with the visitors to the Hideout.
THE JOPLIN APARTMENT GARAGE, AS VIEWED FROM THE REAR, AGAINST THE WEST WALL AND FACING THE DOORS
In this photo, you are standing against the back wall, near the west side, and looking toward the doors (south). The staircase to the second floor is to your front right. This would be approximately the position of Clyde Barrow and/or W.D. Jones at the beginning of the shootout with the Joplin Police. It was almost certainly from this position or a little to the left, that Constable Wes Harryman was shot and killed to open the fight. Harry McGinnis being mortally wounded a few seconds later. W.D. Jones was wounded in the side very near this spot also, by a bullet from either Harryman's or McGinnis's gun. This garage is not large. Most modern automobiles will not fit through the doors, so it is now used as a store room, as you can see by the boxes. As the shooting began, there was a Ford Roadster and a Ford Sedan in the garage. That left very little room to maneuver - only very narrow lanes between the cars. The actual opening for each door is only 7'6". The entire front of the apartment measures 26'6". The garage doors were where the paneling is now - just behind the lawnmower. Looking at the old photo in the Hideout, you can see that the original doors had two panels per opening. The panels were hinged in the middle, and moved on an overhead track towards the center post, turned the corner, and ran back towards the rear. You can see the center post in the picture. You can also see, resting on the top of the post, a steel beam running down the center of the garage, from front to back. There is a second post in the middle of the garage, just out of the picture to the left. The track the doors traveled on ran down each side of this beam. Knowing how the doors worked, you can now visualize Harryman running up and trying to stop the door from being closed, being shot, and McGinnis firing through the glass panes before being hit as well.
This photo was taken from just inside the extreme right edge of the right hand garage door, and is looking across the front of the garage towards west. The door you can see, is the door that opens onto the landing at the foot of the stairway that goes up to the second floor. This is how the women got into the garage and into the getaway car without being exposed to much gunfire.