The lives of the last great American outlaws of the 19th century, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, have achieved mythological proportions, and it is difficult to parse fact from fiction. Multiple movies and books have been based around the story of the Wild Bunch, and the fact that the demise met by Butch and Sundance remains a mystery makes their tale even more fascinating. This original A&E special delves into the true story of these daring outlaws, following their outrageous exploits robbing banks and trains and forever eluding the authorities. Butch was known for his charm and big heart, and he and his gang fancied themselves as bandits of the Robin Hood variety, giving their spoils to members of the community who the banks had mistreated. Retiring to Argentina to become sheep herders, Butch and Sundance lived in relative peace until being recognized by a Yankee sheriff passing through. The outlaws were reportedly killed eventually in a shootout with the Bolivian Army, but much evidence supports the claim that Butch returned to the U.S., living out his days under an assumed name in Spokane, Washington. These and many more legends surrounding the Wild Bunch, a great American symbol of daring and excitement, is covered in this riveting program.
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