JOPLIN, Mo., For sale-- a cozy, two bedroom, one bathroom apartment above a two car garage, with a page from the past that put the home on Oak Ridge Drive in Joplin in the history books.
For 13 days during the depression, it was the hideout for two of America's most infamous outlaws: Bonnie and Clyde. "These people were not good people," explained the owner Phillip Mcclendon.
Mcclendon is reluctantly selling the house. The history lover wanted to turn it into a bed and breakfast. "It failed at the city council twice, and after the tornado we decided we didn't want anymore issues in our life."
The house will be put on eBay with the starting bid at $139,000. Mcclendon thinks the next buyer will have better luck turning the property into a tourist stop. "Right now we have a new city council. A more progressive positive city council so we have a good possibility of that passing now," he said.
The site already draws history buffs from all over the world because of what happened there on April 13, 1933. Neighbors had tipped off police after they grew suspicious of the Barrow gang, which comprised of Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Buck and Blanche Barrow, and a driver. The outlaws kept the curtains drawn and wouldn't allow anyone inside except for one young boy who lived nearby. "He was 5 years old when Bonnie and Clyde were here, and he was probably the only person that was invited in."
Police suspected they were bootleggers and "had no idea what they were coming into," Mcclendon said. A patrol car pulled right in front of the garage, Mcclendon explained, where Clyde and the driver were moving some guns; the two men started shooting at the law enforcers. Buck bolted through a door in the garage that lead right up to the apartment so he could alert the women; they all dashed down the stairs to get to the car.
When the shootout was over, a detective and a constable were killed and the Barrow gang escaped. In their rush to elude authorities, though, they left behind film of themselves. When it was developed, the pictures became front page news across the country. "After this they were wanted everywhere," explained Mcclendon.
And the house forever became a part of history. Mcclendon said his realtor will be putting the home on eBay soon.