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 Butch Cassidy

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Original Name
Robert Leroy Parker
Birth
Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA
Death
7 Nov 1908 (aged 42)
Bolivia
Burial
Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID
2577 View Source

Wild West Outlaw, Folk Figure. Born Robert Leroy Parker in Beaver, Utah the eldest of Max and Anne Parker's thirteen children. The Parker family established a ranch near Circleville, Utah in 1879, but a local Mormon bishop found against them in a land dispute, leaving the family financially pressed. Parker began dabbling in rustling under the tuition of a shady ranch hand, Mike Cassidy. In 1883, Parker was arrested for stealing a saddle but was never convicted. In 1884, he fled Utah under a charge of horse theft, adopting the alias Butch Cassidy. By 1887, he had fallen in with the McCarty Gang who were responsible for robbing the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride, Colorado in 1889. In 1894, he was arrested for stealing horses and imprisoned in the Wyoming State Prison in Laramie where he served 18 months of a two-year sentence. He was released in January 1896 after promising the State Governor that he would never commit a crime in Wyoming again. After his release, he formed the outlaw gang known as the Wild Bunch which included such men as Harvey Logan, News Carver and Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid. The Wild Bunch robbed trains, banks, and payrolls, building an enduring reputation in less than five years. By 1900, concerted efforts of the railway, the Pinkertons, and other law enforcement agencies had caused the death or capture of several gang members. As was their standard response to pursuit, the gang split up. In 1901, Cassidy and Longabaugh threw off pursuers by traveling to New York City with Longabaugh's paramour, former prostitute, Etta Place. There, they booked passage on a steamship to Argentina where the trio purchased a ranch. The outlaws reportedly tried ranching and mining before returning to robbery. In February 1905, two English-speaking bandits, purportedly Cassidy and Longabaugh, held up the Banco de Tarapacá y Argentino. By May the trio had sold their ranch and fled the encroaching Pinkertons. The rest of Cassidy's life is mere speculation. In November 1908 near San Vicente, Bolivia, the payroll for the Aramayo Franke y Cia Silver Mine was stolen by two English speaking robbers. The pair was cornered and shot to death in their rooming house. The two dead thieves were then buried in unmarked graves in the local cemetery. Claims that the dead men were Cassidy and Longabaugh have never been proved despite modern forensic examination of the remains. Cassidy's sister, Lula Betenson, claimed that he returned to the United States and lived in anonymity for years. In her book, 'Butch Cassidy, My Brother,' she cites several encounters with Cassidy by numerous family friends long after 1908. Though many historians, wild west enthusiasts & scholars accept that Cassidy died in South America, enough doubt still exists so that the debate remains ongoing.

Wild West Outlaw, Folk Figure. Born Robert Leroy Parker in Beaver, Utah the eldest of Max and Anne Parker's thirteen children. The Parker family established a ranch near Circleville, Utah in 1879, but a local Mormon bishop found against them in a land dispute, leaving the family financially pressed. Parker began dabbling in rustling under the tuition of a shady ranch hand, Mike Cassidy. In 1883, Parker was arrested for stealing a saddle but was never convicted. In 1884, he fled Utah under a charge of horse theft, adopting the alias Butch Cassidy. By 1887, he had fallen in with the McCarty Gang who were responsible for robbing the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride, Colorado in 1889. In 1894, he was arrested for stealing horses and imprisoned in the Wyoming State Prison in Laramie where he served 18 months of a two-year sentence. He was released in January 1896 after promising the State Governor that he would never commit a crime in Wyoming again. After his release, he formed the outlaw gang known as the Wild Bunch which included such men as Harvey Logan, News Carver and Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid. The Wild Bunch robbed trains, banks, and payrolls, building an enduring reputation in less than five years. By 1900, concerted efforts of the railway, the Pinkertons, and other law enforcement agencies had caused the death or capture of several gang members. As was their standard response to pursuit, the gang split up. In 1901, Cassidy and Longabaugh threw off pursuers by traveling to New York City with Longabaugh's paramour, former prostitute, Etta Place. There, they booked passage on a steamship to Argentina where the trio purchased a ranch. The outlaws reportedly tried ranching and mining before returning to robbery. In February 1905, two English-speaking bandits, purportedly Cassidy and Longabaugh, held up the Banco de Tarapacá y Argentino. By May the trio had sold their ranch and fled the encroaching Pinkertons. The rest of Cassidy's life is mere speculation. In November 1908 near San Vicente, Bolivia, the payroll for the Aramayo Franke y Cia Silver Mine was stolen by two English speaking robbers. The pair was cornered and shot to death in their rooming house. The two dead thieves were then buried in unmarked graves in the local cemetery. Claims that the dead men were Cassidy and Longabaugh have never been proved despite modern forensic examination of the remains. Cassidy's sister, Lula Betenson, claimed that he returned to the United States and lived in anonymity for years. In her book, 'Butch Cassidy, My Brother,' she cites several encounters with Cassidy by numerous family friends long after 1908. Though many historians, wild west enthusiasts & scholars accept that Cassidy died in South America, enough doubt still exists so that the debate remains ongoing.

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