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read & download á eBook or Kindle ePUB á Thom Hatch Entina and Bolivia Butch and Sundance would find that crime wasn't through with them just yet In The Last Outlaws Thom Hatch brings these memorable characters to life like never before Butch the brains of the outfit; Sundance the man of action; and the men on both sides of the law whom they fought with and against From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia author Thom hatch draws on a wealth of fresh research to go beyond the myth and provide a compelling new look at these legends of the Wild West. Well researched history of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid by a noted western historian The book traces the backgrounds of both outlaws from Cassidy’s real name Bob Parker Mormon upbringing in Utah and Sundance’s real name Harry Longabaugh Baptist childhood in Ohio Cassidy gained experience as a cowhand working on relative’s ranches Sundance as a child worked on the Erie Canal leading mules that pulled the towboats Cassidy who worked for a period as a cowboy slid into minor felonious activities like many cowboys who engaged in rustling a few cows or stealing a horse or two as a sideline Cassidy also fell under the spell of a cowhand cum outlaw Mike Cassidy whose name he eventually assumed Sundance was enamoured of the western pulps of the day and yearned for a life of adventure He too had become an expert wrangler and horse breaker The two met mid career in one of the robber hideouts in Utah Robbers Roost Hole in the Wall Brown’s Park They wavered between honest ranch jobs and train or bank robberies and Cassidy became the head of the Wild Bunch as the migratory drifters who inhabited the outlaw hideouts came to be known Both Cassidy and Sundance prided themselves on never having killed a man though certainly many of their compatriots were hardened killers Any attempt to go straight both Cassidy and Sundance had served time in the penitentiary was thwarted by the railroads who employed Pinkerton men to hunt down the criminals An amnesty parlayed by Cassidy and the Governor of Utah with the railroads fell by the wayside when the railroad group were delayed at the meeting and Cassidy thinking he’d been sabotaged promptly held up another train The advance of technology at the turn of the century spelled the death knell for the Wild Bunch as the railroads upgraded their security and townsfolk determined to run down the outlaws Cassidy and Sundance along with his common law wife Etta Place determined to start over in South America with their savings from various robberies After a spree in New York they shipped to Argentina where they bought a ranch and began to prosper The Pinkertons however following the precept of always getting their man traced the pair to their Argentine location After Etta Place returned to the US Cassidy and Sundance were drawn to the newly developed silver mines in Bolivia where they became mule skinners The lust for wealth and adventure led them to plan a holdup of a payroll and again they were the subjects of a manhunt Finally cornered by Bolivian troops they purportedly died in a shootout Their fate has been in dispute ever sincethough it’ s likely they did perish as neither was ever heard from again Hatch does a fine job in describing their personalities Butch the jovial and clever planner Sundance the moody and hot tempered activist Since my father was born and raised in Vernal Utah—and his own father had been killed in a gunfight over a land dispute—his grandfather a rancher in the area I was most interested in the gang’s history in the adjacent Brown’s Park

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The Last Outlaws review î 103 ò The Old West was coming to an endTwo legendary outlaws refused to go with it Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as leaders of the Wild Bunch they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of the day with a professionalism never before seen by authorities For several years at the end of the 1890s the The Old West was coming to an endTwo legendary outlaws refused to go with it Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as leaders of the Wild Bunch they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of the day with a professionalism never before seen by authorities For several years at the end of the 1890s the two friends along with a revolving cast who made up their band of thieves eluded local law enforcement and bounty hunters all while stealing from the rich bankers and eastern railroad corporations who e. Having heard so much about them in the lore of local history it was fascinating to read about the lives of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Due to the nature of their lives on the run there are times when there simply are no sure facts about their actions and I appreciated that the author acknowledges that and gives us the best assumptions that historians have to fill in the gaps Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were complex and interesting people and their story is unlike any other

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The Last OutlawsXploited western land The close calls were many but Butch and Sundance always managed to escape to rob again another day that is until they rode headlong into the 20th century Fenced in range telephone lines electric lights and new crime fighting techniues were uickly rendering obsolete the outlaws of the wide open frontier Knowing their time was up Butch and Sundance along with a mysterious beauty named Etta Place headed to South America vowing to leave their criminal careers behind But riding the trails of Chile Arg. This was a fascinating read about two of the most famous Western outlaws While I know who Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are in basic terms strangely enough I have only watched one movie show or documentary on them the Robert Redford one and that was when I was a child Because I am in no means an expert on these two outlaws or their gang I found this book to be a wealth of information For instance I had no idea Butch Cassidy was raised as a Mormon What REALLYI also found it very interesting that the Sundance Kid also had a very religious upbringing as wellI really enjoyed how the story began with their grandparents and how and why they came to America I appreciated the fact that the author told of heists they are known to have committed but many robberies and possible identities that have been attributed to the outlaws but never confirmed I had never thought of how difficult it must be to historically track down outlaws that made it their business to hide and elude the law Also intriguing is the final outcome of the pair Several different theories were laid out for what happened to Butch and Sundance It was really left up to the reader to decide what you believe to be true The main stream belief is they died in Bolivia Another theory is they survived Bolivia and were able to elude police for the rest of their lives One if the most trustworthy piece of evidence for that belief is from Butch Cassidy's younger sister who said he came to the home to visit A less likely one from a book dealer in Provo was told about and promptly debunked as well PG 13 This is harder to rate than a novel because it is describing real life but is not actually a story There is talk of prostitution saloons drinking gambling murder robbery and clouting people on the head with the back of a gun I don't really believe that being a robber was romanticized though One time a money belt was rubbing on the men so much it made sores as they tried to escape from a posee The food on the trail was bland and the ride was hard The life was a difficult one And once you became an outlaw it was difficult if not impossible to go back to being an honest citizen