Mar 16, 2016
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Of Criminals and V-8’s – The History of the “Bonnie and Clyde Death Car”

(Photo Courtesy Of The Dickinson County Historical Society & The Jeffcoat Photography Museum)

(Photo Courtesy Of The Dickinson County Historical Society & The Jeffcoat Photography Museum)

It would have been nice to think that they didn’t see it coming. The hail of bullets, the crash, the gun smoke, the blood. After all, there was a lot in life that they DID see coming. But the end, particularly this end, they saw coming a mile away.

Hell, she even wrote poems about it.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down in 1934 on a country road in Louisiana as they paused to see if an old man needed help with his car.

Don’t get me wrong. They didn’t pause for any old man they might see on the side of the road. They weren’t those sorts of outlaws.

Usually an old man on the side of the road was an easy mark, and if Clyde Barrow were willing to lend a hand, he would only be more inclined to steal the car as soon as it was road worthy.
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Feb 25, 2016
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Noir Factory Podcast Case #10: Bonnie and Clyde – American Outlaws

Noir Factory Episode 10 Bonnie and ClydeLetter to Henry Ford on April 10, 1934…

Dear Sir,

While I still have breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car make. I have driven Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car skinned and even if my business hasn’t been strictly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8.

Yours truly,
Clyde Champion Barrow


Clyde Chestnut Barrow was the fifth of seven children born to a poor faming family in Telico, Texas on March 24th, 1909. To describe his parents, Henry and Cumie Barrow as “poor” would be charitable. They were tenant farmers who could barely make enough money to feed their children. In his youth, Clyde and his siblings were often sent to live with other relatives just to survive.

The family moved to West Dallas when Clyde was twelve due to lack of work and resentment from nearby land owners against tenant farmers. The family spent their first months in Dallas living out of their horse-drawn wagon until Henry could save up enough money to buy a tent to live in.
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Feb 12, 2016
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Noir Factory Podcast Case #09: Dame Agatha Christie

NF Case #009 Agatha Christie“Women are the ones who knows what’s going on,” she said quietly. “They are the ones with eyes. Have you not heard of Agatha Christie?” – Alexander McCall Smith, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

Agatha Christie was the bestselling author of all time, and living in the days of Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, that means something. In literature, it goes the Bible, Shakespeare, and Christie.

In short, she is what legends in mystery writing aspire to be.

But it wasn’t always like that for her.

When you look at Agatha Christie’s story, is helps to know something about her mother, Clara Boehmer. Clara was the only daughter of a military man and an Englishwoman. She had older brothers, one of which died very young, but they had left home to join the armed forces or to make their own way in the world.

But Clara was the youngest and she stayed behind at the family’s home in Belfast, Ireland. At least, as long as she could.
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Feb 1, 2016
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Colombia Deals With the Weighty Legacy of a Crime Lord – The Hippos of Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar HipposAt the height of his power, Pablo Escobar controlled over 80% of the cocaine flowing into the United States. His organization spent over $1,000 dollars a week on rubber bands to hold the cash it stored in warehouses, and over a million dollars was written off every year as “spoilage” due to the rats that chewed the pallets of money he housed in dark, damp warehouses of Colombia.

He owned houses all over the world, was the center of the richest criminal empire that ever existed, and at his prime he was listed as one of the wealthiest men in the world, with an organization worth over $30 billion dollars.

He was known as the “King of Cocaine” and is considered to be the most successful criminal in history. He was also killed by the Colombian National Police on the rooftop of a middle-class barrio with a bullet hole in his leg, another in his chest, and a third in his ear.

But this story isn’t about Pablo Escobar’s success or his sins. It is about the wages of those sins.

In this case, thousands of pounds of wages, and all in African Hippopotamus flesh.
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Jan 21, 2016
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Noir Factory Podcast Case #008: Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Noir Factory Podcast“Break the rules and you go to prison. Break the prison rules and you go to Alcatraz.”-Anonymous

Sitting about a mile and a half off San Francisco in the middle of a bitter, inhospitable California bay, Alcatraz Island is a lot like many other pieces of bay area real estate. Many have claimed ownership and many court battles were waged over ownership.

But unlike other prime pieces of San Francisco real estate, few have wanted to call it home. The Island, Alcatraz Island, is also known as “The Rock.” And those who did call it home didn’t care for the experience.

The island, one of a group of small islands sitting in the bay, was known to the Native American population of the area but was not inhabited by them.
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