Is Bonnie and Clyde’s Last Stop in Gibsland Really Haunted?
We're about to enter the unofficial "Halloween Season" and with that comes all things eerie. After reading a story from pelicanstateofmind.com, it occurred to me that residents of Northwest Louisiana don't have to travel far at all to wander into one of the creepiest, most eerie places in America.
Gibsland, Louisiana is only about 45 miles east of downtown Shreveport, and this quaint little country town is home to what some would say is one of the darkest days in American history.
In the event you aren't familiar with the historical moment I'm referencing, Gibsland is the place, where, on May 23, 1934, the infamous duo of Bonnie and Clyde were shot to death in an ambush by officers, after what the FBI calls, "one of the most colorful and spectacular manhunts the nation had seen up to that time."
When I say "ambush", we're talking about a major shoot out. An article from cultofweird.com, says there were a total of 167 bullets that struck the stolen Ford vehicle driven by the duo. The article goes on to reveal, "“Each of us six officers had a shotgun and an automatic rifle and pistols. We opened fire with the automatic rifles. They were emptied before the car got even with us. Then we used shotguns,” officers Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn stated afterwards.
According to their Facebook page, the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, sits in the same exact spot where Clyde Champion Barrow and his companion, Bonnie Parker had their very last meal at Ma Canfield's Cafe.
The Facebook page goes on to say,
Here, you will experience a trip back to 1934 when the most notorious outlaw couple of all time met their bloody fate in a deadly ambush.
So, how does this all relate to eerie? The article I initially referenced from pelicanstateofmind.com, tells it all.
Visitors and residents claim that if you go to the site of their death, located on Route 154 about seven miles south of the Ambush Museum, the ghosts of Bonnie and Clyde make themselves well-known. They say you can spot their ghosts lingering in the woods and ghostly apparitions will appear in photographs taken in the area.
Eerie enough for you? Just imagine you're out after dark in the woods around this area and the ghosts of Bonnie and Clyde made themselves "well known."
I'll never know if this place is haunted or not, because I'm too chicken to chance it, but if you're up to the dare, I'll be here, all ears, waiting to hear your story!