The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

By Thom Hatch

The outdated West was once coming to an end.
Two mythical outlaws refused to compliment it.
As leaders of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance child carried out the main bold financial institution and educate robberies in their day. For numerous years on the finish of the Eighteen Nineties, the 2 neighbors, in addition to a revolving band of thieves, eluded legislation enforcement whereas stealing from the wealthy bankers and jap railroad enterprises who exploited Western land…until they rode headlong into the 20th century.
In The final Outlaws, Thom Hatch brings those memorable characters to lifelike by no means prior to. From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia, Hatch draws on a wealth of clean research to go past the parable and supply a compelling new examine those legends of the Wild West.

 Includes Photographs

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The next spring, notified that Cassidy and Hainer have been noticeable in Lincoln County, Chapman took off after the 2 males, bringing alongside a deputy sheriff named Bob Calverly, who had the popularity of being hell on rustlers. The two-man posse arrived in Auburn, and acquired a tip that Butch and Al have been hiding outdoor of city. extra, the rustlers had engaged a lady named Kate Davis to run errands into city for them. Chapman and Calverly situated the lady, and both persuaded her to take them to the ranch the place the fugitives have been holed up or just her available in the market. sixteen The rancher and the deputy—in the corporate of neighborhood legislations enforcement officers—rode out to the ranch hideout of Butch Cassidy and Al Hainer on April eleven, 1892. they discovered Hainer operating at a small sawmill at the estate, and simply took him into custody. An unwitting Butch Cassidy used to be acknowledged to were lounging in regards to the bunkhouse, and was once instantly on excessive alert whilst he heard footsteps drawing close. Calverly shouted that he had a warrant for Butch’s arrest, and Butch known as again, “Well, get to taking pictures! ” Calverly burst throughout the door together with his six-gun drawn, pointed the weapon at Butch’s belly, and squeezed the set off. The. 45-caliber revolver misfired. Butch grabbed his six-shooter, yet earlier than he may perhaps get off a shot he used to be smothered via the opposite lawmen who had entered the bunkhouse. Calverly had endured snapping the set off of his gun. at the fourth snap, the gun discharged and the bullet struck a glancing blow to Butch’s brow. The surprised Butch Cassidy was once disarmed and positioned in handcuffs and shackles. the 2 accused horse thieves have been taken again to Lander and put in penal complex. 17 A criticism dated July 15, 1892, charged George Cassidy and Al Hainer with counts of grand larceny for stealing a horse worth 40 money from the gray Bull farm animals corporation, in addition to one other horse worth fifty money from Richard Ashworth. Bail was once set at $400, yet neither had the money and remained within the Fremont County reformatory for 2 months, till neighborhood voters prepared bail. 18 strangely, the case was once behind schedule for a 12 months because of witnesses being absent and not able to testify. until eventually they have been required to show themselves in to face trial, Butch Cassidy and Al Hainer have been loose to trip concerning the nation-state. Butch determined to maneuver from his Horse Creek ranch to a cabin on Owl Creek, a few seventy miles north of Lander. He instantly mixed into the group and befriended the locals, as had regularly been his customized. One targeted buddy used to be Christian Heiden, who was once approximately fifteen years previous. Heiden’s father owned a saloon close to the M-Bar Ranch, and Butch and Al Hainer have been common shoppers. younger Christian had bought a role riding a degree at the Greybull River street. Butch may journey shotgun along with his “wicked-looking Colt. forty five with a major wood deal with” and a bottle of combined whiskey—his favorites have been stated to were Mount Vernon and outdated Crow—in his hip pocket. The boy loved the corporate of the outlaw, remembering him as being quick-witted and a enjoyable better half to have alongside at the monotonous experience, let alone being a able defend if hazard awarded itself.

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