A documentary filmed in Mabank that tells the story of a botched burglary attempt there by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow will air on the Travel Channel on Monday.
"Time Traveling with Brian Unger" features the arrests of Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and Ralph Fults after their failed attempted robbery of the H. Bock Store on Market Street in Mabank.
According to the April 20, 1932, edition of the Athens Review."A bandit chase in Mabank section, which started Tuesday morning and ended Tuesday night at 7:00 o'clock when officers finally captured a man and a woman after an exchange of gun shots in which the man was wounded in the arm. A third bandit escaped."
The newspaper accounts states Bonnie, Clyde and Ralph thought they were breaking into the Henry Eubanks Hardware Store to steal guns and ammunition.
The Kaufman County Historical Commission says, "It was after Bonnie, Clyde and Ralph Fults had made off with a doctor's motor car, a failed burglary of a store and the theft of some mules in order to escape the law, that a brief gun battle erupted. During the skirmish with the law, Clyde made good his escape. Ralph however, was wounded, and he and Bonnie captured. They were immediately detained in a small, one-room, dirt-floor jail — ‘The Kemp Calaboose.'"
Unger visited Mabank and Kemp in February to recount the story. The series airs Mondays at 9 p.m.