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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 Beginning in 1930 with Arthur Chapman's article in Elks magazine, Phillips had seen Butch Cassidy depicted as everything from a western Robin Hood to a monster of criminal depravity in a literal flood of newspaper dailies, magazine articles and pulp publications of the National Police Gazette variety, each purporting to give a true account of the bandit's exploits. Unwilling to risk exposure of his true identity, Phillips used the third- person narrative in relating the life of Butch Cassidy. in the entire manuscript, only twice did he slip into first person. The ploy also gave him more lattitude in justification of Cassidy's criminal career. From the advantaged perspective of a close friend of the outlaw "since his early boyhood," Phillips was best able to cultivate the Robin Hood image he felt Butch Cassidy deserved. His "crusade" in crime for the sake of the oppressed is intimated in the manuscript's dedication. Viewing his certain death, Phillips had to believe his life was not lived in vain. He had to justify his existence. He had to demonstrate how his sometimes nefarious actions had tried to make a point. Over half of his manuscript is devoted to details of Butch Cassidy's deeds of human kindness and to rationalization of his outlaw career. The manuscript written in 1934 described people and places at the turn of the century with an accuracy attainable only through first-hand experience. Only a person who had actually ben in the places described and had known the people discussed would have been able to provide such intimate detail. What discrepancies occur can be attributed either to distortions of memory or to Phillips' qualifying preface in protection of those who took an actual part. Although Phillips avoided discussion of Cassidy's criminal career before his 1894-1896 term in the Wyoming Territorial Prison, of the seven major robberies commonly attributed to Cassidy and his Wild Bunch thereafter, all but one are related in intimate detail. Only the April 21, 1897 holdup of the Pleasant Valley Coal Company mine payroll at Castle Gate, Utah, was not described. The "Bandit Invincible" manuscript will long be a document of intrique for western historians. Historical record of four robberies in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado are not of record. Also, some of the details of the narrative have yet to be verified. When George A. Kennard of Bariloche, Republica Argentina, wrote under date of August 29, 1984, to A. C. Ekker recounting some of Butch1s exploits in South America, checked with some points in the Phillips' manuscript, it was time to take a good look at what we had. Pearl Baker, January 3, 1985 -4-
Format application/pdf
Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-23
Date Modified 2005-03-23
ID 317800
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