Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch

Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch (a.k.a. The Hole in the Wall Gang)

  • The Wild Bunch Gang was founded by Butch Cassidy (Robert Leroy Parker) in a place known as Hole In The Wall, part of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.
  • They were the most successful train-robbing outfit in history.
  • These colorful outlaws were active from 1899-1901.
  • Although they had a large ‘body-count’ between them, these desperados claimed never to have intentionally killed an innocent by-stander.
  • Famous members – aside from Butch Cassidy – included The Sundance Kid (Henry A. Longabaugh), Kid Curry (Harry Logan), News Carver (Will Carver), and The Tall Texan (Ben Kilpatrick).
  • There were a total of 19 train-robbers who branched out into bank, stagecoach, and store heists, as well as cattle and horse rustling.
  • They were often assisted by the Bassett Sisters (Ann and Josie) who supplied them with food, fresh horses, and female company.
  • What differentiated the Wild Bunch from other gangs is their intelligent planning and good-mannered bantering.
  • The gang broke up after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were forced to flee the United States.
  • Their fame and success ultimately attracted too much attention from the law!

Sources:

Nash, Jay Robert, “The Real Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch,” at  http://www.annalsofcrime.com/03-01.htm

Rosa, Joseph, G. Age of the Gunfighter: Man and Weapons on the Frontier, 1840-1900. Oklahoma: U of Oklahoma P, 1995.

Wikipedia, “Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Cassidy%27s_Wild_Bunch