To protect the family name, Robert took on
the name of Cassidy and eventually became Butch Cassidy. Butch worked in Telluride for about five years without getting into serious trouble. During those years in Telluride, Butch became friendly with Matt Warner and Tom McCarty. They had a horse named Betty that was frequently challenged but never beaten in a race. For a period of time, the three of them made a good living racing Betty and gambling on her wins. Eventually, they ran out of people who would bet against their horse and their income dried up.
Warner convinced the other two to
help him rob the Telluride bank. In
doing so, he introduced Butch Cassidy to the excitement and rewards of becoming
a bank robber. During the next twelve
years, Butch would participate in many robberies, spend some time in a Wyoming
prison, and become the leader of the Wild Bunch..
Other links in this web site discuss some of those robberies and more of the Wild Bunch story.