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Stick ‘em up: Clyde Barrow bank robbery re-enactment draws a crowd

September 30, 2011

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Theatre Lawrence actor Shawn Trimble, left, playing bank robber Clyde Barrow, coerces Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell, playing the president of First National Bank, to open the bank vault. The re-enactment Friday of a supposed 1932 robbery began at the Eldridge hotel and progressed to Teller’s, 746 Mass.

Theatre Lawrence actor Shawn Trimble, left, playing bank robber Clyde Barrow, coerces Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell, playing the president of First National Bank, to open the bank vault. The re-enactment Friday of a supposed 1932 robbery began at the Eldridge hotel and progressed to Teller’s, 746 Mass.

Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell learned firsthand Friday evening there are things more menacing than mudslinging political opponents.

Playing the part of the president of First National Bank, Cromwell had cold steel pressed to his chest as part of a re-enactment of a 1932 robbery.

The robbery was said to have been orchestrated by Clyde Barrow and partner Ralph Fults. Fults told his biographer it was the job that got Barrow into the bank-robbing business, though no other evidence proving the robbery happened is known to exist.

Cromwell was walking near the intersection of Eight and Massachusetts streets when he was accosted by Shawn Trimble, who played Barrow, and Ray Remp Jr., who played Fults.

They ordered Cromwell to unlock the door to the bank, where Teller’s restaurant now stands. The men retreated inside for a few minutes, as the famous bank robbers’ voices boomed through the Teller’s sound system, narrating to the crowd outside the robbery as it happened.

“Well we sure have appreciated doing business in your fair city,” Trimble said. “My name’s Clyde Barrow. I have a feeling you’ll be hearing more from me.”

After pretending to take $33,000, the robbers made their getaway in a 1933 Ford sedan, which had been used in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

The audience cheered. “We’re in the Money” played.

Though Barrow’s famous partner and love interest Bonnie Parker was not involved in the robbery, a member of Theatre Lawrence was on hand to play her. She could be seen in the crowd, as could other actors decked out in 1930s clothes. One played Barrow’s other accomplice, Ray Hamilton, and several others played bank tellers.

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Beth Ennis 2 years, 6 months ago

how much of history do we know only because someone passed it on? Fults told someone what he had done when they were writing a biography of him. Why would he lie? What purpose would it serve? I'm guessing the guy writing the biography asked him how they got started and he told him. Does it make sense that a bank in those days wouldn't say anything? Of course it does. Otherwise, the citizens of Lawrence may have had a run on the bank and most would have lost their money and the bank would have gone under. It certainly can't be proved otherwise, and since the story came from someone who was actually involved, and not from a 2nd hand source, I say go with it. It was fun, downtown was packed last night because of it (and homecoming) and I think everyone had a great time watching it. What's so wrong about bringing business to downtown where folks who may not have gone down there might spend some money at a restaurant or one of the bars? On top of which, right from the start, it has been told that this cannot be proved, there was never a robbery reported in Lawrence around that time, etc. What do you get out of being so negative? Beatnik, if you don't like this website, why read it? You are wasting your time.

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irvan moore 2 years, 6 months ago

we are rehashing an imaginary event just like this website keeps rehashing old man on the street crap instead of hiring someone qualified to run it

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 6 months ago

The Lawrence earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake that struck Lawrence, Kansas, and Northeast Kansas at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906 It ruptured along the Lawrence Fault both northward and southward for a total of 296 miles (477 km).[5] Shaking was felt from Lawrence to Wichita. The earthquake and resulting fire are remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States[7] alongside the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. The death toll from the earthquake and resulting fire, estimated to be above 3,000,[8] is the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in Kansas history. The economic impact has been compared with the more recent Hurricane Katrina.[9]

Interesting.

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 6 months ago

The Battle of Antietam ( /ænˈtiːtəm/; also known as the Battle of Kansas, fought on September 17, 1862, in Lawrence, Kansas, as part of the Bleeding Kansas Campaign, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Northern soil. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties.

Hmm. I guess something did happen here.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 6 months ago

"Your little fantasy world seems like an interesting place. Do you offer tours?"

Oh, wee wee, mon sewer, he do tours.
'tis a nice respite.
u definitely need a guide, tho.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting . . . While doing a little research I ran across this site.

http://tinyurl.com/6gjpp57

What makes it interesting, at least to me, is a story my father told me over 40 years ago. When he was very young his father died so he and my uncle quit school to take jobs to help Grandma keep the home. He said one night at the roadside cafe where he washed dishes, gunfire erupted in the motel across the street. Patrons and employees of the cafe all lay on the floor as a few stray bullets broke windows overhead. They were later told it was a shootout with Bonnie and Clyde by the Pratt City, Mo. police chief. My dad was born in 1920, would have been 13 at the time so as a young 20 something I dismissed it as just a story my dad made up about his youthful adventures. According to this site it may very well been as he described.

Well it seems the tiny.url doesn't work so the site was Google Books "My Life with Bonnie and Clyde By Blanche Caldwell Barrow, Esther L. Weiser")

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

What next? The re-enactment of the time Henry Hudson sailed a ship up the Kaw?

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 6 months ago

Like Quantril's "Raid", this never happened. Why do people have to rewrite history to glorify this town? Absurd. If you really resarch the history, Quantril's raid was nothing more than a bar fight. There was a popular watering hole in this town, perhaps the only one. Some rednecks from MO came over to drink and start trouble, but that's all they did. There actually used to be a bar called Quantrill's on the very spot. The story just grew over the years. That's it.

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woodscolt 2 years, 6 months ago

I find it ironic that tellers would want to reenact a quite likely "never happened" piece of questionable history when Tellers original owners played the part bonnie and clyde when it came to not paying many of the local craftsmen who worked to make the restaurant what it is today. Their very real scam reenactment would go something like this. Even though you haven't been paid, if you don't keep working so the restaurant can open, we will never have the money to be able to pay you for your work. Then once the restaurant was open, it turned to hiding and avoiding the local people instead of paying them. Then it turned into who had more money to pay attorney fee's, Tellers or the people they didn't pay. So to this very day, tellers robbed the very people who worked to make the restaurant you see today. The tale of one very real reenactment and one very questionable reenactment.

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lunacydetector 2 years, 6 months ago

why didn't mayor cromwell play dress up portraying the thief? great to immortalize a murdering criminal though i'm surprised it wasn't done on three dollar bill night....what's next, play dress up and reenact william burroughs shooting his wife in the head? city's got a park named after him....then there is quantrill...now that would be almost as good clean fun as the bank heist.

some guy told a guy i sort of know that charles manson stopped in to lawrence and bought some l.s.d. on his way across the country...sounds like a great story to reenact as well, mayor cromwell.

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demonfury 2 years, 6 months ago

So that's what $100,000.00 gift to Theater Lawrence gets you? A simple re-enactment of a crime that can't be proven even existed? The real crime was coughing up 100 large to an organization, that as of today, still remains unclear as to whether or not the free 100 grand was even enough to get them to the necessary goal in order to fund their project. According to the LJW, they needed a boatload of more $$$ to qualify to keep a grant that would have made their project possible. Did they make it? If they didn't do they have to return the 100 thousand? How about giving me that news story?

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BruceWayne 2 years, 6 months ago

Would have been even better if it was Compton playing Clyde telling Cromwell to open the vault door. Oh wait, that happens every tuesday night at city hall.

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Caller Hunsaker 2 years, 6 months ago

I agree with poolside, I was having dinner at Teller's and it was fun as far as ibrown3's comments. What's the difference between a golfer with an arm growing out of his a$$ and a blogger with his head up his a$$? Give up? The golfer can still look around and see the world and is not in the dark all of the time! LOL LMBU!

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Ian Brown 2 years, 6 months ago

You know what else could draw a crowd? A golfer with an arm growing out of his a$$.

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