The Colt .38 Detective Special snub-nose revolver found taped to the inside of Bonnie Parker’s thigh after she was killed is going up for auction at RR Auction. The action is expected to reach $200,000.
The son of the police Captain who lead the famous ambush said in a notarised letter…
“My father removed this gun from the inside thigh of Bonnie Parker where she had it taped with white, medical, adhesive tape. My father said that one reason she had the gun taped to the inside of her leg was that, in those days, no gentlemen officer would search a woman where she had it taped
Because the serial number had been removed from the pistol, the ATF had to issued a special serial number so that the auction could go ahead. The new serial is stamped on the butt.
Captain Frank Hamer took personal possession of many of the guns that Bonnie and Clyde had with them at the ambush. In 1934, upon learning that Hamer possessed her daughter’s shotgun, Bonnie’s mother unsuccessfully requested it be returned to her. It was a very different era back then when police officers could collect valuable trophies from criminals they killed!
[ Many thanks to Joseph for the tip. ]