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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Manuscript Found -Where did Butch die?
In the recent news a rare book and manuscript collector, Brent Ashworth, of Utah states he has obtained a manuscript-containing evidence that Butch Cassidy did not die in Bolivia, but in the state of Washington, living peacefully for almost another thirty years.The name of the manuscript is the same as a novella written in 1934. It's about 200 pages long which is twice as long as the original.
The photo below is a copy of the Wild Bunch taken shortly after they robbed the Einnemucca, Nevada Bank in 1900. A thank you note along with the picture was sent to the bank.
Wild Bunch Gang
Did Butch Cassidy Live in Washington?
An unpublished novella manuscript written about Butch Cassidy is named “Bandit Invincible: The Story of Butch Cassidy” dated 1934. The author, William T. Phillips, wrote this story in 1934, and claims to have known Cassidy as a boy. William T. Parker died in 1937. His novella is half as long as the newly discovered manuscript by the same name.
Of course, there are numerous opinions on the validity of this new manuscript. Some historians state there isn’t a great deal of similarity to Cassidy’s life. Others, including the owner of the new manuscript, state there are facts included in this new manuscript that are not well known and they believe this manuscript is indeed accurate.
Robert Redford and Paul Newman
agree that Butch Cassidy was born as Robert LeRoy Parker in Beaver, Utah, 1866,
as the oldest of 13 children in a Mormon family. In his youth he was known as a nice young man. His first bank robbery was in 1889, in Telluride, Colorado, after
which he hid out with some cattle rustlers.
He did serve 3 yeas in the Wyoming Territorial Prison after being caught
with 3 stolen horses. Butch and Cassidy rode together for several years.
Butch Cassidy and Sundance also rode with a gang of four other men known as the Wild Bunch. They held up banks and trains all across the West and in South America for twenty years. One of the other gang members was Harvey Logan, known as “Kid Curry” who was on the most wanted list. He was captured two days later after wounding two Knoxville police officers. A posse of farmers caught him. He was convicted, but broke out of jail when his appeal was denied. Approximately a year later, he was wounded while robbing a train in Colorado and shot himself to death.
1934 Novella Author
Manuscript Written in 1934
An unpublished novella manuscript written about Butch Cassidy is named “Bandit Invincible: The Story of Butch Cassidy." The author, William T. Phillips, wrote this story in 1934, and claims to have known Cassidy as a boy. William T. Parker died in 1937. His novella is half as long as the newly discovered manuscript by the same name.
Stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford
Paul Newman and Robert Redford are the stars of the great western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made in 1969. This is a great western that most people have enjoyed, as it is action packed and filled with light comedy, which glamorized the outlaws fleeing from the law.
This film is based loosely on fact and was written by William Goldman, who won an Academy Award for his writing. In the movie the outlaws flee to Bolivia where they both get killed. The film was selected in 2003,” for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This song, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” played in this film also won an Oscar. The box office income of $100 million take was phenomenal in 1969.
The Bicycle Scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Americans seem to
love Westerns, especially movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If the newly discovered manuscript is real,
it changes history, but other than that it doesn’t matter, as the man has met
his demise. I presume people will be trying to find evidence in Washington of his last years. We may end up with a sequel to the original Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Movie as Hollywood seems to big on redoing old movies at this time.
© 2011 Pamela Oglesby