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Last Survivor of Bonnie And Clyde Gang Dies

March 17, 1993 GMT

DALLAS (AP) _ Ralph Smith Fults, the last survivor of the Bonnie and Clyde gang that gained notoriety in the 1930s, has died of cancer at 82.

Fults, who began his life of crime by stealing candy at age 14, died Monday at his home.

Fults spent time in a Texas reform school for robbing stores and was later sentenced to prison for two years for burglary.

He escaped, was recaptured 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 and went to Denton, where they teamed up with Bonnie Parker and started robbing banks, gasoline stations and oil company payrolls.

Parker and Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush on 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.

He spoke to young people about his conversion to Christianity and encouraged them to avoid crime.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a son; and two daughters.

A funeral service was scheduled today in Dallas.