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Brian Mida Bleecker
Robert and Harry were long-time friends
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:03pm


The New Evidence proves that Robert Parker and Harry Longabaugh were close associates by June of 1889. They likely met in 1885 or 1886 in Southwest Colorado, while Harry lived and worked at his cousin George's ranch near Cortez.

Patterson notes that Butch and Sundance had many opportunities to meet in those days : trading horseflesh up at the mines, racing events featuring Matt Warner's prize mare Betty, brief wrangling jobs around the Four Corners region, etc.

Think about it, guys. If you were Butch, a wanted outlaw fleeing to South America in 1901, would you go with anybody less than a long-time friend? No - you wouldn't. Butch and Sundance knew and trusted each other since early adulthood.


  • Bob, let's choke this chickenPat, Thu Dec 21 9:02am
    As many of you know Bob and I have worked privately for many many years. Hopefully some day he will publish it all. And today let's blow up some myths . There was no Wild Bunch per se. That was... more
    • Robert and Harry were long-time friends — Brian Mida Bleecker, Thu Dec 21 7:03pm
      • No ProofBob Goodwin, Fri Dec 22 5:57am
        Brian, "New Evidence" is no proof at all, just that two random men had their picture taken together in the late 1800s. Nothing on the photo or where it was found gives evidence other than that. Now... more
        • Re: No ProofDaniel Buck, Fri Dec 22 1:21pm
          Bob, as well, the idea that Cassidy and Longabaugh might have met in the 1880s is not "new evidence" either. Donna Ernst first raised the idea 25 years ago, in Sundance My Uncle (1992) and repeated... more
          • Re: No ProofVince Garcia, Fri Dec 22 5:46pm
            "None of this, as you point out, has any real bearing on Brian Meda Bleecker's photograph, which anyone this side of Helen Keller can tell does not depict Cassidy and Sundance. Dan" Haha, for some... more
          • Crook County not Cook.Pat, Fri Dec 22 2:54pm
            Crook Co is in extreme northeast WY on Mt border. Butch was in Fremont Co hundreds of miles away in 1888 .Tax records prove where Butch was at.
            • Re: Crook County not Cook.Daniel Buck, Sat Dec 23 10:39am
              Par, thanks, that was my typo. Is the Fremont tax record 1889 or 1888? Dan
              • Taxes paidPat, Sat Dec 23 10:48am
                the 1889 tax is listed in 1890 records for previous year. But other records show him listed in Fremont Co in 1888. He had purchased cattle and horses and he also is listed in store receipts for... more
                • Longabaugh time frames. Mark, Sun Dec 24 9:32am
                  Everything I have read coincides with both Pats and Dans statements. That Cassidy was in Colorado and also in Wyoming during this time period. Possibly rustling and transporting stock back and forth. ... more
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