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Title The Bandit Invincible: The Story of the Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Subject Criminals; History
Spatial Coverage Wayne County (Utah); Wyoming
Personal Names Cassidy, Butch (1866-?); Sundance Kid; Logan, Harvey
Description Historical account of Butch Cassidy's exploits
Creator Phillips, William T.
Publisher Rocky Mountain House Press
Contributors Dullenty, Jim; Baker, Pearl
Date Digital 2004-07-09
Date 1986
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Format Creation Scanned at 400ppi on an Epson Expression 1630XL flatbed scanner. Files saved as uncompressed TIFF and re-sized to JPEG using PhotoShop CS.
Source Original booklet: The Bandit Invincible: The Story of the Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2004, Green River Public Library. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution Green River Public Library, 85 South Long St., Green River, UT 84525
Source Physical Dimensions 66 p. : ill., ports. ; 30 cm.
Scanning Technician Nima Rakhsha
Metadata Cataloger Denice Hoffman
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Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317865
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Description PEARL BAKER'S ANALYSIS OF WILLIAM T. PHILLIPS' MANUSCRIPT "THE BANDIT INVINCIBLE" INTRODUCTION: Early last year Pearl Baker, author of The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost Robbers Roost Recollections, and other books, wrote a short, concise paper on her recollections associated with the Phillips manuscript. As can be seen from her recital, it was Mrs. Baker's research in Wyoming that led Jim Dullenty to Ben Fitzharris, who had accompanied Bill Phillips to Wyoming on the famous 1933 trip. Fitzharris has since died, but he confirmed in detail all of the aspects of that trip. It was that return by Phillips which gave rise, more than any other event, to stories Butch Cassidy had returned from South America. Fitzharris and his mother, Ellen Harris, themselves believed Phillips was Cassidy and were not surprised when old-timers in Lander greeted Phillips as the long lost Cassidy. By Pearl Baker Jim Dullenty of Spokane, Washington, had done some research into Butch Cassidy and found my tracks in Lander, Wyoming. He got in touch and we enjoyed sharing our material. He was coming to Salt Lake City, so I set up a meeting at the home of Dr. Ralph Montgomery and a bunch of us sat up all night discussing Butch Cassidy. Jim was sitting next to me and very early in the meeting he mentioned that he was looking for one "Ellen Harris." I told him that Ellen Harris was dead, but her son, Ben, with whom she had spent the summer of 1933 in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, lived in Los Angeles, although I had been unable to get down and do any research and my family had made only a half-hearted effort for me. The son had changed his name to Fitzharris, which was the name of the person giving the vital statistics on Ellen Harris1 death certificate. Los Angeles was just over the ridge to Jim and he made a trip down, located Ben Fitzharris, who had changed his name to get into the movies. Jim had located a bunch of written material in a trunk in Spokane belonging to William R. Phillips, the adopted son of William T. Phillips, who claimed to be Butch Cassidy, but the son said that Mrs. Harris was supposed to copy the material and her family might have some claim to it. When Jim located Ben Fitzharris, he thought the South American part of the manuscript was sheer fiction and said if there was something Jim could use, he laid no claim at all to any part of it. Jim returned to Spokane and obtained the material. In 1934, William T. Phillips wrote this unpublished manuscript, a biography of Butch Cassidy, "The Bandit Invincible." The manuscript, written in third person, was William Phillips' attempt to set the record straight on the life of Butch Cassidy, notorious leader of a sometime band of outlaws, the Wild Bunch, or Hole-in-the-Wall gang -- once the most effective predator upon the financial institutions of the frontier before the turn of the century. The "Bandit Invincible" manuscript was written by the Spokane businessman Phillips following a 1934 pack trip into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. It was during this Wyoming visit that Phillips was recognized as the infamous Butch Cassidy by area pioneers, sparking a heated controversy over the outlaw's alleged death at the hands of a troop of Bolivian rurales in 1909. Accompanying Phillips on the Wyoming visit was Mrs. Ellen Harris, a Spokane socialite who, with her teenaged son, Ben, financed the pack trip. The "Bandit Invincible" manuscript apparently had its beginings in conversation around the campfire during their stay in the Wind River Mountains. As he recounted episodes -1-
Format application/pdf
Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317797
Reference URL