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The full biography of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, were the last outlaws of the Old West.
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Cassidy turned the offer down.
In the end the Union Pacific turned to law enforcement to put a permanent end to the Wild Bunch. To hunt Cassidy and the group down, the company hired the famed Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which pushed Cassidy and the Sundance Kid into South America.
As the story goes, the pair continued to rob trains and banks in South America. The conventional account says the pair lost their lives in a shootout with soldiers in southern Bolivia on November 3, 1908.
But the truth about their end has never been fully settled. Some historical evidence suggests that Cassidy faked his death and returned to the United States with a new name: William T. Phillips. Back in his home country, Cassidy lived another three decades, making a living as a machinist before passing away from cancer in Spokane, Washington, in 1937.
The man known as Phillips helped fuel speculation with a book he wrote in the 1920s called The Invincible Bandit: The Story of Butch Cassidy, which included details perhaps only Cassidy might have known.
While the debate lingers over when and where Cassidy truly died, there's little argument that he's considered one of the most revered outlaws to come out of the American West. His life and relationship with Sundance was immortalized in the 1969 Oscar-winning movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman (Cassidy) and Robert Redford (Sundance).
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