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Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid - The Hole In The Wall Gang


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Although they had several aliases, the two bandits who committed great robberies in North and South America were famously known as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The 1969 film was based on the real lives of the outlaws during the days of the wild west. They were part of The Hole in the Wall Gang, which was named for a passageway in Wyoming that was concealed from authorities. The group was a mix of different outlaw gangs that used the spot as a meeting point and hideaway.

Butch and Sundance robbed banks and trains, getting away with large amounts. As wanted fugitives, they had to continually flee state to state, and later country to country because of the grand reward for anyone who caught them dead or alive.

A boat took them to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they stayed until a family told them about Patagonia, which offered familiar scenery. They left by train and settled in the vast lands. Butch and Sundance bought a ranch and slowly gained the trust of others in the area as simple farmers raising livestock. Their ranch log-home is still present in the small town of Cholila. Nonetheless, records of robberies reveal that they could not leave their daring past.

Their lives were disrupted once people figured out that they had fled to Argentina. The two went back and forth across the Chile-Argentina border. Continuing to run in fear of being arrested, they eventually ended up in Bolivia trying to lead a regular life until word spread again.

Butch and Sundance stayed in a miner's house in San Vincente, Bolivia only to be caught that night after the miner notified a small group of military and police. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in an overnight shooting. However, theories suggest they may have survived and returned to the United States.

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By Allison Carlton

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21 Sep 2010

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