Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Death of a gangster

Now this one is a very interesting postcard. Here you see the French police carrying away the still alive body of the notorious Jules Bonnot. He met his end on April 28th 1912, after a shootout. The house he was hiding in had been surrounded by 500 police officers, soldiers, fireman, military engineers and a lynch mob. After firing for sometime the powers that be decided to dynamite the building, Bonnot was badly wounded and the police shot him 10 times in the upper body and once in the head. HE WAS STILL ALIVE when they removed him from the building (see card), the lynch mob was told that he was already dead.

What had he done to deserve such an end? He was a member of the notorious Bonnot Gang a band of anarchists who make Bonnie and Clyde look like angels. They were also the very first gang to use a getaway car! I got all of this information from Wikipedia so if you’d like to read the story in depth read Jules Bonnot and the Bonnot Gang.

8 comments:

supermom_in_ny said...

These post cards are beautiful. I enjoyed your site.

:)

Anji said...

supermom_in_ny: Thank you; I'm pleased that your enjoyed them.

tom said...

cool story!! I love wikipedia although I'm not sure it's always completely accurate (-:

Anji said...

tom: Glad you enjoyed the card. I enjoy browsing through wikipedia, in fact I spend too much time on it. I have details of the story from French sources too.

Willow said...

Was he importal or were the 500 gunmen just extremely lousy shots???

Anji said...

Willow: good question!

Worldman said...

Thank you very much for being such an "assidu" visitor to my blog. I do appreciate this. And I wish you a very pleasant day. Peter.

Anji said...

worldman: Thank you for your kind words. I always enjoy visiting your site.