Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

Butch Cassidy

Butch Cassidy had a knack for trains. Between 1896 and the early 1900s, he, along with at least eight other members of the "Wild Bunch" gang, robbed dozens of trains, including a June 2, 1899, holdup in which thousands of dollars were taken from a Union Pacific railcar's safe. With the authorities hot on their heels, Cassidy (real name: Robert LeRoy Parker) escaped to South America with his partner, the Sundance Kid. They either died in a Bolivian shootout in 1909, a Uruguayan shootout in 1911 or not at all — one version holds that they escaped to Alaska (or perhaps Nevada or Wyoming) and lived peacefully in obscurity until the 1930s. The Bolivia story is likely the most accurate; detectives from the Pinkerton Agency, charged with tracking down the outlaws, considered it the truth.