Interviewed in his 90's , he says he rode with Butch to the Hole in Wall. First of all he is almost an unknown.I have no record of him being in Wyoming or riding with any of the gang. And since Butch never rode to the Hole in Wall then how did this guy do it. And Hanks has to be the source for Lula thinking that Butch died in Salem ,Oregon 1935 per these letters. Clearly this is Phillips not Cassidy. I think this is the source of alot of the stories and myths surrounding Butch.
Pat, You put your finger on the underlying question, is the entire Butch Cassidy surrender story nothing but folklore? -- to which the so-called "amnesty Colt .45" is window dressing? At this point... more
I have 2 sheets now of errors in this supposed provenance. For now just look at the docket again and on right hand side where Moyle signed as JP. Look at the date Jan 2, 1??? .Someone has blotched... more
The text at the bottom of the March 6, 1973, Colt/Larson letter is on a slip of paper pasted on (perhaps by Larson, he was the one who gathered most if not all of these documents) as an annotation of ... more
Jams, Oops, the "amnesty Colt .45" was shipped to J.P. Schmelzer & Sons in Leavenworth, Kansas, in January 1895. But the story is the same, the trail ends there. There is no indication of where the... more
James, Folk wisdom from appraisers & auction-house mavens over the years: If a gun has an famous outlaw's name scratched on it, that's proof it wasn't his. An artifact can have too much paper. Too... more
Frank Melbourne was the Rainmaker , who swindled farmers and ranchers out of their hard earned money claiming to be able to make it rain during an extended drought in the west. In 1891 Cheyenne, WY... more
You have a wonderful way with words. Thank you.In my inarticulate way I was trying to explain the same. And it is also ironic that the short letter from Monte in 1998 the "expert" mispelled Cassidy... more