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New book sheds new light on the deaths of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Salt Lake City (ABC4) – A famous outlaw may have died here in Salt Lake City, but his partner, who was born in Beaver, also lived beyond previous thoughts.

That’s the discovery of local author Dr. Steve Lacy, who claimed that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid didn’t die in South America in a shootout with Bolivian forces.

In his latest book, Last of the Bandit Riders … Revisited, Again, Lacy believes from his interviews, research, and documents that two men returned to the United States after staying in Bolivia for seven years. said he did.

“There was no official identity of the man killed,” Lacey said.

His fascination with two notorious outlaws began in 1961 while still in elementary school. “I loved the pictures and thought they were unique,” Lacy said. “I had no idea who they were.”

He was looking at a pamphlet sent to him. It belonged to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

At the time, he was writing his school paper and received a photo of a famous outlaw.

“Later I found out that Butch was my distant cousin and that my grandfather ran into the Sundance Kid,” he said.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were brought to life in the 1969 film named after them. The Sundance Kid was played by Robert Redford and Butch Cassidy by Paul Newman.

But the film is lax on the facts, including their deaths, says Lacy.

Cassidy’s real name is Robert Leroy Parker. He was born in Beaver and his family later moved to a small farm near Circleville.

He met the Sundance Kid, whose real name was Harry Longbow, in the late 1800s in Colorado.

Lacey claimed the two men had never robbed a bank together while in the United States, but fled to South America in search of new opportunities.

“They tried to go straight there at first, but Sundance decided to start robbing again,” he said. “But they didn’t do much robbery in South America.”

Lacy got the chance to interview Joyce Warner before she died. She was the daughter of another famous Utah outlaw, Matt Warner.

At the time, Warner was part of a group that included Butch Cassidy, and together they were robbing a bank in Colorado.

“Matt Warner is the person who made Butch Cassidy famous,” Lacy said.

In 1939, a man named Frank Ervin visited Joyce Warner at Price. According to Lacy, Irvine is the name Butch Cassidy took after leaving South America.

“Matt was telling Joyce stories about Butch that he didn’t put in the book[of his autobiography]. They shared those stories back and forth that day, November 21, 1939.” Lacey said.

Lacy said Joyce Warner spoke about their common birthday. Lacy said she told him Joyce Warner had the same birth date, and “Irvin” told her how they celebrated together on those occasions.

They also talked about a bank robbery that Ervin (Butch) and Matt Warner once carried out in Denver.

“She knew right away that he was Butch,” Lacy said.

After leaving South America, Irvin traveled to California and held various jobs throughout the West, including serving in the military.

“He was also in the army in 1918,” Lacey said. “When he was in the army, he was a section crew worker, so he had experience working on the railroad.

Lacy claimed to have helped maintain railroad lines between army bases in California.

This all came out of a conversation with Joyce Warner.

According to Lacy, Frank Irvin died and was buried in Fresno, California in 1956.

On Friday, as The Justice Files continued the story of two famous outlaws, Lacy claimed that the Sundance Kid had indeed returned to Salt Lake City and was buried in a pauper’s grave.