It sometimes takes the lens of a historian to separate fact from fiction.

The Friends of Tiverton Libraries is sponsoring a lecture on Bonnie and Clyde by historian/author/presenter Christopher Daley at Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave., on Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

The Friends offer this free presentation in memory of the late John Fitzgerald. The timing of this presentation coincides with the birth month of Fitzgerald, a history enthusiast known to many over the years as the face of the Tiverton Public Library. Space is limited and registration is recommended by signing up at the library or by calling (401) 625-6796 (ext. 1).

According to Daley, the public has long been fascinated by the story of the Dustbowl Romeo and Juliet. However, much of what people know is mainly from the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde" and more recently a highly fictionalized made-for-TV movie on the History Channel, according to a news release.

"Myth, conjecture and outright lies have grown up about the two Texas bandits, but when one delves into the true story a more interesting and human story emerges; better than Hollywood was able to depict," the Friends said.

This one-hour lecture will tell that story through the use of period photographs and contemporary videos shot by Daley, who traveled through the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri “On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde." The videos feature the sites of their homes, murders, robberies, shootouts and hideouts.

Along the way Daley met characters such as L.J. "Boots" Hinton, the son of lawman Ted Hinton, a member of the posse that took down Bonnie & Clyde in 1934; and the mayor of dusty Kemp, Texas, who related a fascinating story of Bonnie's incarceration at the Kemp Calaboose.

Daley drove more than 4,000 miles in search of the real Bonnie and Clyde.