Partners in Crime

Friends cover a significant part of our lives. There are many ways to pass time with them. Some love to go shopping together, some prefer to bond over baking, and others may even enjoy a nice quiet day fishing together. These partners, however, bonded in the most unexpected ways.

Bonnie and Clyde

 Ah yes, Bonnie and Clyde. They became the most infamous American outlaws, carrying out one of the biggest crime sprees in U.S history. Together, the gun-toting couple and their fellow gang had travel throughout the United States, - robbing countless of gas stations, banks and supermarkets along the way.

These two lovers received an unprecedented amount of national attention due to their criminal activities that would leave even the smartest of cops dumbfounded. Despite having being surrounded with the type of company, Bonnie had reportedly never shot a bullet or dared to murder anyone; a contradictory personality to her lover, Clyde, who had killed nine police officers and numerous civilians with the aid of his gang.

Alas, their reign of outsmarting the police came to an end on May 23, 1934, when they were ambushed by the authorities and killed instantaneously.

Robert Thompson and Jon Venables
Unlike Bonnie and Clyde, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were not lovers. They were only young children at the time of their infamous ways, notoriously known as two of the youngest murderers in the history of the world. In 1993, the two ten year olds abducted and murdered two year old James Bulgar in Liverpool, Engalnd. The two were reported to have lured the little boy away from a shopping mall mom whilst James’ mom was busy looking through clothes, unaware of the soon demise of her two year old son.

Robert and Jon had took James for a long walk around Liverpool until they came across a railway line, where the two soon tortured and beat the naive and innocent James. James had suffered several blows to the head and was sexually abused by Robert and Jon. As if insatiable, the vindictive and malicious boys then abandoned James’ mutilated body on the railway tracks, with the sole purpose of having James to be cut in half by the upcoming train.

Their plan had unfortunately and brutally worked, and the remains on James Bulga would have made even the strongest of people quiver in fear of what these boys would be capable of when they came of age. However, the two boys were caught on mall video tapes and were trailed in an adult court, where they were both found to be guilty and were sentenced to detainment for an indefinite amount of time.

The Menendez brothers

In 1998, brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez shot their parents at their home in Beverly Hills. The murderous duo meticulously planned and prepared the soon attack, intending of disposing their strict father and putting an end to their mother’s agony. During the night of the murder, the Menendez brothers had returned to their mansion and shot their father in the back of the head, all the while gunning down their mother.

They hid their shotguns and bought movie tickets to be used as an alibi. Lyle called that night to report that his parents had been murdered. The Menendez brothers began to spend their inheritance on expensive items and started up fake businesses. People in the neighbourhood later raised suspicions of them being involved in their parents’ murders, due to their lack of mourning for their mother and father’s demise.

Erik, consumed with guilt, eventually confided in his psychologist and confessed about the murders. The brothers were taken into custody and were convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They were both sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

 From lovers to children to brothers, friendships can be created in the most unpleasant ways a person can think of.


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