4 Bizarre Details Left Out In Famous Crime Biopics

In real life, however, Bonnie and Clyde weren’t the Robin Hood-types who stole from banks on the brink of foreclosing on poor farmers during the Great Depression. The pair was way more nefarious and self-serving, according to Nate Hendley who wrote Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography. “In reality, they never robbed banks. They hit up low-hanging fruit. They robbed small-town grocery stores and gas stations, where working people or poor people would (shop).”

The movie was clearly a product of its time, with the ‘60s being a decade of rebellion and a new gear for civil rights movements. Having a young, loved-up couple “freedom” their way through counties while stealing rich people’s cars and richer people’s money was a sure way to get audiences all riled up. Only, the romanitizing of the story of Bonnie and Clyde reminds one of that other star-crossed lovers story … that romanticized suicide. Clearly there’s a pattern here. 

There’s also the fact that Bonnie and Clyde were part of a much larger gang, and no one’s even sure if they were really romantically involved or simply traveling together. Both of them had also been captured and imprisoned during their careers of crime — quite different from pretending like they got away with their crimes for the most part.

Of course, there’s also the horrible aftermath following their death, where people literally tried to cut off pieces of Bonnie and Clyde’s bodies as souvenirs because that’s what this story should really be about.

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile Left Out How Terrible Ted Bundy Was Toward His Girlfriend

Even though the movie in which Zac Efron plays Bundy was based on Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer’s memoir, the film only portrays the two of them as a normal, happy couple, with Bundy doting on Liz and their child like your average American Dad. According to Liz, however, there were many red flags that she didn’t understand at the time, but were far from a doting nature, nonetheless. “We would be getting along fine and then a door would slam and I would be out in the cold until Ted was ready to let me back in. I’d spend hours trying to figure out what I had done or said that was wrong. And then, suddenly, he would be warm and loving again and I would feel needed and cared for.”


His controlling nature was evident, and it remains a mystery why the movie didn’t choose to show it since they were (sort of) focusing on Bundy’s home life to begin with. Liz wrote about how Bundy would get angry whenever she wanted to do simple things like changing her hairstyle, and the Netflix movie also left out how Bundy, in fact, totally tried to murder her once by closing the chimney flue and putting a towel under her door to keep the smoke from escaping. 

When questioned about why he left out all these cruel details about Bundy, director Joe Berlinger said: “I made the conscious decision to not really show any murder or any criminality on Bundy’s part because the whole movie is experienced through the POV of the people who loved him, especially his longtime girlfriend.” Which, after hearing Liz herself talk about the vile treatment she endured at the hands of Bundy, doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Berlinger also said that he wanted people to almost be rooting for the love relationship until the very end, which again, is totally not what anyone should do when said relationship was as toxic and abusive as the one between Ted Bundy and Elizabeth Kloepfer. 

But hey, maybe that’s just us.

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