posted on Aug, 15 2011 @ 02:12 PM
Old Text, New Wrinkles...
Did Butch Cassidy, the notorious Old West outlaw who most historians believe perished in a 1908 shootout in Bolivia, actually survive that
battle and live to old age, peacefully and anonymously, in Washington state? And did he pen an autobiography detailing his exploits while cleverly
casting the book as biography under another name? A rare books collector says he has obtained a manuscript with new evidence that may give credence
to that theory. The 200-page manuscript, "Bandit Invincible: The Story of Butch Cassidy," which dates to 1934, is twice as long as a previously known
but unpublished novella of the same title by William T. Phillips, a machinist who died in Spokane in 1937.
Stories abound of Sundance living long after his time in South America. But they're outnumbered by purported Cassidy sightings. A brother and
sister of Cassidy's insisted he visited them at a family ranch near Circleville, Utah, in 1925. "The majority of those who were there believed that,
believed it was him that came back," said Bill Betenson, who recalled that his great-grandmother, Lula Parker Betenson, used to talk about the visit
by a man she identified as her brother, Cassidy.
This a fascinating story to me and the possibility that he not only may have survived the ambush in South America, but have lived to write an
autobiography, is just amazing.
Here's my problem, though. This article says that he purportedly had plastic surgery done in Europe. But unless they had the technology back then to
alter his entire jaw-line and the space around his eyes; I don't think this is the same guy. How about any of you, do you see a resemblance?
(Sorry about the size of the photo; my photoshop skills still need serious tweeking!
edit on 15-8-2011 by lowundertheradar because: (no
Here are the originals:
Ed Seely- above.
"The Wild Bunch" Butch Cassidy- seated on right.
edit on 15-8-2011 by lowundertheradar because: (no reason given)