Even those who have never seen the classic Paul Newman and Robert Redford film interpretation, or read a biography of Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid and their Wild Bunch gang, will recognise these legendary names of the Wild West.
Born Robert LeRoy Parker, Cassidy was encouraged into crime by the deprivations of his Utah homestead youth and strict Mormon upbringing. Although he became one of the most notorious outlaws in American history, Chatwin repeats the claim that Butch 'never killed a man,' - at least not until he got to Argentina. The Wild Bunch also formed part of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, named after the remote Hole-in-the-Wall Pass in Wyoming where they would retreat to after robberies.
The 1969 film, with Newman as Cassidy, did much to cement his iconography in the popular imagination, not least with the startling freeze-frame final still of his disputed death in Patagonia.