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Prairie Dog
12-07-2013, 12:23 PM
Premieres Dec 8th & 9th at 9pm e/p

Bonnie & Clyde retells the fascinating tale of the legendary couple whose crime spree enraptured the American public. Rumored to have a sixth-sense to see events before they happened, Barrow was always able to stay one step ahead of the law as they escaped capture time and again. His one blind spot was Parker, who was intent on becoming famous and fed on the alluring media attention, pushing Barrow to commit riskier and more dangerous crimes to generate bigger headlines and make them the most famous criminals of the modern era.

http://www.history.ca/bonnieandclyde

Previews look good.

Strewth
12-07-2013, 09:55 PM
I'm glad the History Channel is playing something historical, maybe a change for the better from what I've been hearing? Although they're playing "District 9" right now?
The blurb on the side of the site looked good, they should make a show about that:


Today in History

Dec 7
1837 About 1000 government loyalists marched from Toronto to Montgomery's Tavern, where they easily routed Mackenzie's rebels.
Dec 7
1863 Sixteen Confederates seized the American coastal steamer Chesapeake off Cape Cod and diverted it to Saint John, NB.

lone-wolf
12-07-2013, 09:58 PM
The Chesapeake Affair was an international diplomatic incident that occurred during the American Civil War. On December 7, 1863 Confederate sympathizers from Canada’s Maritime Provinces captured the American Steamer Chesapeake off the coast of Cape Cod. The expedition was planned and led by Vernon Guyon Locke of Nova Scotia and John Clibbon Brain.[1] George Wade of New Brunswick killed one of the American crew. The Confederacy had claimed its first fatal casualty in New England waters.[2] The Confederate sympathisers had planned to re-coal at Saint John, New Brunswick and then head south to Wilmington, North Carolina.[3] Instead, the captors experienced difficulties at Saint John, which required them to move further north and re-coal in Halifax, Nova Scotia. American forces violated British sovereignty by trying to arrest the captors in Nova Scotian waters, which further escalated the affair. Wade and others were able to escape through the assistance of prominent Nova Scotian and Confederate sympathiser William Johnston Almon.

The Chesapeake Affair was one of the most sensational international incidents that occurred during the American Civil War.[4] The incident briefly threatened to bring Great Britain into the war against the North.[5]

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At the beginning of the American Civil War approximately 20, 000 Canadians, almost half of them Maritimers, went to fight, primarily for the North.

Crazy stuff.

Mad Hatter
12-08-2013, 12:11 AM
The fedoras are all wrong.

hercster
12-08-2013, 09:44 AM
I'm going to watch because I'm fascinated by "bad guy" stories. I suspect it's because there's usually guns involved and I play a game trying to identify them. I watch all the current mobster series without fail. These always end up framing those bastards for what they were; despicable scum bags that caused enormous harm to honest people. I hope the B & C special doesn't glorify them as has happened with other crime stories which cast the bad guys as folk heroes.

Xtreme
12-08-2013, 10:42 AM
I'm going to watch because I'm fascinated by "bad guy" stories. I suspect it's because there's usually guns involved and I play a game trying to identify them. I watch all the current mobster series without fail. These always end up framing those bastards for what they were; despicable scum bags that caused enormous harm to honest people. I hope the B & C special doesn't glorify them as has happened with other crime stories which cast the bad guys as folk heroes.

Wait, do you mean to say that the media sensationalizes violence?? And here I always thought Billy the Kid was such a nice guy, and not a total psychopath.

hercster
12-08-2013, 10:56 AM
Wait, do you mean to say that the media sensationalizes violence?? And here I always thought Billy the Kid was such a nice guy, and not a total psychopath.

Yep, exactly my point and there are many other examples. The fact is there were no real Robin Hoods out there. Even robin was likely a scumbag if he did exist at all.

Xtreme
12-08-2013, 11:06 AM
Yep, exactly my point and there are many other examples. The fact is there were no real Robin Hoods out there. Even robin was likely a scumbag if he did exist at all.

Yup, agreed, on all fronts. Natural Born Killers was such a fantastic example of the phenomenon.