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* Ralph Smith Fults; Last Survivor of Bonnie and Clyde Gang

March 21, 1993

Ralph Smith Fults, 82, the last survivor of the Bonnie and Clyde gang, who late in life turned to religion. Fults, who began his life of crime by stealing candy at age 14, spent time in a Texas reform school for robbing stores and served two years for burglary. He escaped, was captured and returned to prison, where he met Clyde Barrow, according to John Neal Phillips, author of a book about the Barrow gang. In 1932, Fults and Barrow were paroled, teamed up with Bonnie Parker and started robbing banks, gasoline stations and oil company payrolls. Parker and Barrow were shot to death by police May 23, 1934, in Bienville Parish, La. In 1935, Fults was sentenced to nine years in prison in Mississippi. He received full pardons from Texas and Mississippi in 1954. From 1964 to 1984, Fults worked as a security guard at the Buckner Baptist Children's Home in Dallas, where he spoke to young people about his conversion to Christianity and encouraged them to avoid crime. In Dallas on Monday of cancer.

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