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Doris Edwards, 96

Police officer's widow

Doris Edwards, who is believed to be among the last surviving widows of nine policemen killed during Bonnie and Clyde's notorious crime spree in the 1930s, has died. The Dallas County, Texas, medical examiner's office said Mrs. Edwards died June 10.

Her husband was fatally shot while approaching the famed outlaws' parked car near Fort Worth, Texas, in 1934.

Edwin "E.B." Wheeler was a highway patrolman when he and another officer investigated a car parked on a side road. A prison escapee named Henry Methvin, who was inside the car with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, shot the officers when Barrow said "Take 'em," according to L.J. "Boots" Hinton, manager of the Bonnie and Clyde Museum in Gibsland, La.

The Wheelers had been married less than two years. The killing came during Bonnie and Clyde's bank-robbing spree from 1932 to 1934, Hinton said.

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