Butch Cassidy, one of the American Wests greatest mysteries. I believe it is safe to say that most people have heard of Butch and what he was famous for, robbery. But what happened to Butch? History would have you believe that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid packed up and headed to South America where, in Bolivia, in 1908, they were gunned down and killed.
For the sake of history, this would be the most simple explanation, however there is more to it than that. whether new evidence that is brought to light is fiction or fact, several accounts suggest that Butch and Sundance returned to the United States after being "killed" in Bolivia.
Here are some facts about Butch:
1. Butch Cassidy's real name was Robert LeRoy Parker.
2. He was born on April 13, 1866 in Beaver Utah.
3. Butch was a bank and train robber who was wanted in several states.
4. Butch, Sundance and Etta Place did in fact move to South America at some point.
At this point is where history turns and becomes mystery. In Michael Rutters book "Outlaw Tales of Utah" He states about the outlaws being killed in Bolivia "The outlaws were probably glad to have this rumor spread-indeed, they probably started it."(Rutter, 13)
He goes on to say that some historians believe that the outlaws came back to the U.S. around 1910-1913, split up and led separate lives. Rutter says that Butch most likely moved to Spokane, Washington and worked as a business man and that he reportedly died in the Pacific Northwest in 1937. (Rutter, 13-14)
In his latest book "Butch Cassidy the Untold Story", Kerry Ross Boren seems to have his own ideas about where Butch Cassidy lived after 1908 and where he died. Boren states that "Butch Cassidy did not die at San Vicente, Bolivia, on 6 November 1908, nor did he die at Johnnie, Nevada, on 16 March 1944. Butch Cassidy died at Leeds, Utah, on 12 December 1956, at the age of ninety..."(Boren, 671). His reasoning for his conclusion stems from a long story in the his book prior to the statement i just quoted.
If anything, give these two books a read, they are entertaining at the very least.
Chances are, Butch and Sundance died in Bolivia, but i would like to believe that there is more to the story than this.
(Alway remember, if you have a mysterious story you would like to submit to Mystery History the Paranormal and More send it to Paul Workman at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "spooky story")