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Published: Saturday, Feb. 16 2013 2:00 p.m. MST

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Beaver Native
Garland, UT

Being from Beaver, Butch's birthplace, I developed an interest in whether or not Butch was killed in Bolivia. Not having read the book reviewed in this article and believing from previous research that Butch died in Bolivia, I decided to search for other reviews and I found a review from the Center for Colorado & the West at Auroria Library. This review seems to indicate that the book was poorly researched and/or documented. Jameson either was unaware or ignored information that William T Phillips, whom relatives claim was Butch Cassidy was a pseudonym for William T. Wilcox who served time in prison with Butch and borrowed his name from time to time. The book might make a good story, but it should be considered fiction.

Butch was born in Beaver while his mother was visiting relatives. He grew up in Circleville which is on the opposite side of the Tushar Mountains. A few sources assume that since his family was from Circleville, he was also born there. Such sources are incorrect.

The Artful Codger
Washington, DC

Beaver Native, you are correct. Jameson's poorly research argues the long discredited idea that William T. Phillips was Butch Cassidy. Not too surprising, because Jameson wrote not one but two books asserting that Billy the Kid was not killed by Pat Garrett, and resurfaced under a new name. Jameson's speciality is resurrecting dead outlaws. Dan

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