Vikki and Vance were "master criminals" before the Great War.
While not as widely known as the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, Vikki and Vance began their crime spree two days before them in 1932. Although, Primm Slim's account of the couple is less impressive, implying that Vikki and Vance were, in fact, only small-time white-collar criminals, perpetrating "a narrow swath of shoplifting, check-cashing fraud, and gas pump drive-offs." Their crime spree came to a halt in Plano, Texas when they accidentally drove their car through a crossfire between law officials and a gang of bank robbers, tearing both them and the car to pieces. The Plano Police Department released an official apology for their wrongful deaths.
Casino and museum
Despite their lackluster reputation, the duo were considered notable enough to have an establishment dedicated to them, the Vikki and Vance Casino in Primm. The casino features their death car, 9mm submachine gun and replica clothing items. All but the vehicle is missing, despite Primm Slimm's insistence. The plaque next to the empty gun case reads:
There are mannequins that had once displayed replica clothing items belonging to Vikki and Vance, but the items are no longer displayed. A plaque describes the clothing and correlation with each part of the crime duo. Vikki's outfit plaque reads:
Converse to Vikki's approach to fashion, the plaque located on the opposite side of the death car describes Vance's fashion sense as attempting to mirror how he imagined gangsters would look and that the items on display were merely articles of clothing that were found in the car's trunk. It reads:
Vikki and Vance are mentioned only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
Vikki and Vance are a reference to the real life crime duo Bonnie and Clyde, who died in a shoot out with police on May 23, 1934. This date is reflected in the password to Sammy Wins' safe. The real world death car is based on the 1934 Ford Deluxe V-8 the couple were driving when ambushed and killed. The real world car is currently on display in a museum located within Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino in Primm, Nevada.
- The Courier: "Tell me the whole story of Vikki and Vance."
Primm Slim: "Yahoo! I ain't had a chance to tell their tale in a mess of years. First things first: any bosh you've heard about Vikki and Vance being copycats ain't nothing but ill-tempered slander. Fact is, they begun their crime spree two days before Bonnie and Clyde robbed their first bank - so who was copying who? Now true, Vikki and Vance didn't exactly cut a wide swath of murder and bank robbery across the central U.S., like Bonnie and Clyde did. It was more like a narrow swath of shoplifting, check-cashing fraud, and gas pump driveoffs - but crime is crime! They drove reckless, too. Having lived by the gun - well, Vance owned one, anyway - it was only fitting that the duo of desperados would die by the gun. Perhaps it was fate itself that accidentally drove them into a crossfire between police and a gang of bank robbers in Plano, Texas. Or maybe they just didn't notice until it was too late. It's been said that Vikki would have tried to cash a bad check in that bank, had she lived. We'll never know for sure. All we know is that the crossfire tore the car and both occupants to pieces, and the police issued an official apology. You can put your eyes on the genuine Death Car just over yonder, and there's Vance's machine gun in the case next to it!"
(Primm Slim's dialogue)
- The Courier: "What's your plan?"
Pauline Wins: "Sammy and me got our hands on a powerful weapon not too long ago: Vance's gun. You know - Vance, of Vance and Vikki? That gun's our "shot" at the big-time. We're gonna sneak it onto the Strip and rob one of the casinos. Maybe all of them! We'll be known as the greatest gunslingers to ever terrorize the wastelands!"