The next morning, Jones did some quick repairs on the car and accepted Clyde's offer to ride with them. In a matter of days, he was involved in his first murder. In Temple, Texas, Clyde spotted a car with the keys left in it and instructed Jones to start it up while he and Bonnie switched their things from their old car to the new one. When the owner showed up and tried to struggle over the door, Clyde shot him in the head and ordered Jones to step on it. From then on, Jones was a member of the Barrow gang and would remain so for eight months.
He was more mechanic or driver than gunman, usually remaining in the car with Bonnie while Clyde and another member would rob gas stations, taking care of the steering while the others took shots at whomever was following them. He was involved in the several shootouts, from Joplin, Missouri to Platte City, Iowa, driving the gang from one town to another in a perpetual quest to avoid capture. Once Clyde's brother Buck was killed and Buck's wife Blanche captured by police, Jones decided it was time to jump ship before he was shot or arrested for something more serious than he could handle.
While the gang was in Mississippi, Jones took off and hitched his way to Houston, where he was quickly recognized and imprisoned. He claimed that he was a victim, a virtual prisoner of the gang, forced to work for them, and tied down at night to prevent his escape; the authorities didn't believe him, but having no evidence of hard crime, could only sentence him to six years in prison. After he served his term, he drifted from job to job, hooking himself on drugs and alcohol. He surfaced in 1968 to sue Warner Brothers over what he felt was a libelous portrayal of him in the movie Bonnie and Clyde. When the suit was thrown out, he gave an interview with Playboy magazine on his time with the Barrow gang, still insisting he was an unwilling dupe, caught up by circumstances. Six years later, on August 20, 1974, Jones was gunned down during a failed drug transaction.
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