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History knows Harry Longabaugh as the Sundance Kid’s real name. (It was so stated in the Academy Award movie of 1969 also.) Our family members are smiling often right now because, History is about to be changed!


Our project of discovery, is to document the “true identity of The Sundance Kid”. It all started in 2004 when the first “major clue” surfaced at a family reunion in a rural ranching community of Fremont Utah.

 
While visiting with family members and a great deal of story telling of our ancestors, “a single picture” surfaced from one of the great nieces of our Great Grandfather, Bill Long. The picture was passed around for all to see.


It wasn’t until the picture was viewed by Jerry Nickle, (a great grandson of Bill Long), that “something came over” Jerry! It was more than a warm feeling of seeing his great grandfather's face for the first time, more than a cold chill down his spine and far more than a hunch; it was more like, “a voice from the past grabbed Jerry and yelled, “it’s time boy, who am I?"

This is the actual photo that started it all! Bill Long 1890
This is the actual photo that started it all! Bill Long 1890


Everyone in our family knew that our great grandpa Long was an outlaw of some sort; nobody really knew for sure what grandpa Long’s outlaw doings, really were.


Jerry seemed flabergasted. He couldn’t seem to put the picture down, he couldn’t shake the image. His mind was racing because he had seen a much circulated Picture of 5 cowboys from 1900 and one of them looked just like our great grandfather.

This is how the quest to find the real "The Real Sundance Kid" started. Jerry took the Picture home with him to Arizona and compared it, to the Historic Record Picture of the famous Fort Worth Five. (Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and 3 other Cassidy gang members.


Jerry was, to say the least, way past excited with questions; is this possible, could it be, is that my great grandfather sitting with Butch Cassidy? 

The Law was the first to use this Photo to identify some of the Wild Bunch Gang and, our Forensic Examiners used it 112 years later to identify the real Sundance Kid.
The Law was the first to use this Photo to identify some of the Wild Bunch Gang and, our Forensic Examiners used it 112 years later to identify the real Sundance Kid.

Jerry didn't just wonder about it, he took the bull by the horns and set out on a mission to prove his hunch!

 
He took both pictures to forensic scientists in Salt Lake City Utah for analysis. There he got his first real life altering support. The preliminary reports came back from the lab, “the pictures MATCHED”!

What has happened to date:


Great Grandpa Bill Long's remains have been exhumed for DNA and Forensic facial identification not only once...but twice over the past 5 years! Both times with court approval.


Reports from leading antropologists concured that pictures, of Bill Long and pictures of The Sundance Kid are the same person! (“The testimony alone of these expert witnesses on facial and photographic evidence, can send a man to prison. How’s that for nailing down an identification?) And they said, “Bill Long is The Sundance Kid”!


Needless to say we were excited however, we didn’t stop there. We started on an "all out man hunt" to gather DNA samples from known descendants of Harry Longabaugh. (The plot thickens).

 
We hired private investigators in several states to track down his descendants. Once we located them, we had to convince them to give us DNA samples! Not so easy in this day and age of identity theft!

I would love to tell you that the DNA testing put the whole mystery to bed but, it couldn’t be farther from the truth! The DNA proved…….well, your just going to have to wait for the TV show and Documentary.

 
This is why we posted our project on Kickstarter; we are asking for your genrious support to put this amazing discovery into an ongoing TV series; "Outlaw Stories of the Wild West" and a full disclosure Documentary to share with the world!

 
One last thing from the forensic reports on Bill Long’s death.........HE WAS MURDERED ! What the….? Yes, that’s the kind of suspense, drama, and intrigue that has kept our investigation team going for the past 8 years! 

Forensic guys doin what they do at the Duchesne Utah cemetery. Yes you are lookin at the remains of The Sundance Kid!
Forensic guys doin what they do at the Duchesne Utah cemetery. Yes you are lookin at the remains of The Sundance Kid!


We have in our possession, all of our research, detective files, video and photo evidence ready to share including, over 60 hours of professional film ready for editing which we plan to use in the "pilot" episode of our TV series and documentary.


We have been asked by "The Network Guys"; that's cowboy for, the Cable TV Networks. They want us to put together our story for a "pilot episode" that is ready for broadcast. Not something for Youtube, a real, professional, edited, spit and shine TV Pilot!

After they get the Pilot and, a "deal" is reached, we're off to a full season of Outlaw Stories from the Wild West! (Needless to say, we are very excited for some local Utah cowboys to be rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood types!) 

Some of the guys from Extreme Outlaw Rides! They played way to easy into robbing trains and banks...just sayin :)
Some of the guys from Extreme Outlaw Rides! They played way to easy into robbing trains and banks...just sayin :)


What is needed to complete the Pilot and Documentary:

We have been filming all the details/events as we progressed for the past 8 years.We have a few more weeks of filming to complete the pilot episode, all the shots that tie everything together now that we know how this ends, then we are off to post production.

There is still a lot of editing that is needed to show the forensic data as it relates to the skeletal remains of Bill Long aka The Sundance Kid.

At the completion of this Kickstarter project we will finally be finished with a very long 8 year journey to solve, the 120 year mystery of the true identity, of The Sundance Kid. 

Additionally, Jerry Nickel has written a book,

Bringing Sundance Home-The Real Sundance Kid - My Great Grandfather

You can purchase Jerry's book HERE... OR get one for  by contributing to Reward #8

(Jerry also has a complete Movie Screenplay completed).

Thanks for reading our request for your support.

Please feel free to contact us at any of the below media sites...and again Thank YOU! Thank YOU! Thank YOU!

West Taylor……… and all of the descendants of the Sundance Kid.

Facebook page-Outlaw Stories of the Wild West

Outlaw Stories of the Wild West Blogsite

Extreme Outlaw Rides....the guys that did all the horse stuff for us.

Jerry Nickle's website

Kami Taylor Art-Commissioned artist for Outlaw Project

All of us that are involved with Jerry's discovery wanted to provide a reward to the contributors that would really be, a great value. The below video is some footage of our "Once in a lifetime Reward". the Trip to Robbers Roost!

The Reward, of all Rewards...A trip to Robbers Roost!!

see video below! (Thanks again.)

Authentic Sand and Spring Water from Robbers Roost.

If your somehow are not overly excited about the opportunity to spend some time out "in the Roost" just yet; watch the video below and schedule your time off to spend in the Roost with, Wild West Taylor!



This is the first "pilot" (below video) episode me, my wife, and my two sons Vance and Swade put together to send to the "Network Guys" that started the whole TV show idea...Video was all shot with GoPro camera and IPhones...My family had a bunch of fun filming this...The part where I am riding my horse through the brush and snow the GoPro camera was suctioned cup to the passenger side window of our old farm truck (91 dodge diesel pick up), my 15 year old son Vance was driving...I told him to keep me in his view out the window and not run me over!  

The Pinkerton Reward, Giccle print on canvas
The Pinkerton Reward, Giccle print on canvas
Winemucca Bank Robbery Reward, commissioned wanted poster of you.
Winemucca Bank Robbery Reward, commissioned wanted poster of you.
Reward #3  A window decal for your vehicle
Reward #3 A window decal for your vehicle
#8 Bill Long Reward has an 11X14 and the #5 Cowpuncher Reward has an 8X10 gallery wrapped Faux Canvas Photograph of stunt cowboy from filming. It will look something like this.
#8 Bill Long Reward has an 11X14 and the #5 Cowpuncher Reward has an 8X10 gallery wrapped Faux Canvas Photograph of stunt cowboy from filming. It will look something like this.

Risks and challenges

Well, most of our risks and challenges have been handled at this stage in the project. From court orders to exhuming a body for DNA and Forensic evidence to exploring the most remote hideouts used by these outlaws....handled!

Right now getting our project into post and final editing is at hand. We have all our evidence, nearly all of the filming completed. Our production/filming partner has been with us from the start in 2007. Our only challenge now is obtaining the funds to put the final sizzle into the Pilot and the editing!

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    Reward #1

    Super secret access to our blog site (BTW... this is free to the public), access to digital copies of our awesome stunt cowboys during filming for you to use as you please (which you could find similar pictures and steal off our pages anyways). and the best of all... your name will be posted to our Blog and facebook page as a contributor to this awesome project (which you can not hack our pages and do this for free, Just sayin...)

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    Exclusive Outlaw picture from our filming on your own personal mouse pad! I wonder what the Outlaws would have pictured when they heard "Mouse Pad"..hmmm Plus Reward #1

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    A window decal for your vehicle, not like those ones that have the stick figures...our window decal is of one of the stunt cowboys from Extreme Outlaw Rides as rider and Mustang traverse down the mountainside like The Man From Snowy River :) . Plus awesome Rewards 1 and 2. (see image at bottom of this page)

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    You will receive a DVD of your choice, the documentary "Bringing Sundance Home or the pilot episode "Outlaw Stories of the Wild West" TV show. These are not instructional DVDs of "How to be an Outlaw" so in the event you learn some tricky ways to rob banks and trains, we are not responsible :)

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    DVD of finished Documentary Bringing Sundance Home plus a way cool hat with Outlaw logo. Plus awesome Rewards 1 and 2.

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    Horseshoe Canyon Reward

    DVD of the Documentary Bringing Sundance Home, PLUS a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West, Plus I (West Taylor) will personally get you a small bottle of sand from Robbers Roost Outlaw Campsite! And I will also personally get you a bottle of spring water from the Outlaw Spring at Robbers Roost!!! (none of your friends will have any of these, unless they contributed as well :) Plus Rewards 1,2 and 3!
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    Producer Reward

    Have your name listed in the credits as Producer of either the Documentary or the Pilot Episode!!
    DVD of the Documentary Bringing Sundance Home, PLUS a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West, Plus I (West Taylor) will personally get you a small bottle of sand from Robbers Roost Outlaw Campsite! And I will also personally get you a bottle of spring water from the Outlaw Spring at Robbers Roost!!! (none of your friends will have any of these, unless they contributed as well :) Plus Rewards 1,2 and 3!
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    Fortress Trail Reward

    Coffee Table book of behind the scenes filming. This will be a major conversation piece in any home,office or jail cell :) Plus, a hard copy of the book, "Bringing Sundance Home-The Real Sundance Kid, My Great Grand Father by Jerry Nickle, Plus Plus, a DVD of the Pilot Episode Outlaw Stories of the Wild West, Plus Plus Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3, and 4!

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    Cowboy Movie Star for a day

    Join me (West Taylor) as we film the pilot episode, you will even be in the pilot episode, not sure what you will be doing...it will be something super cool and fun...we will figure it out on the fly :)
    Also get a DVD of the Documentary Bringing Sundance Home, PLUS a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West, Plus I (West Taylor) will personally get you a small bottle of sand from Robbers Roost Outlaw Campsite! And I will also personally get you a bottle of spring water from the Outlaw Spring at Robbers Roost!!! (none of your friends will have any of these, unless they contributed as well :) see video below :) Plus Rewards 1,2 and 3! Transportation, lodging, meals not included.

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    Bill Long Reward

    Coffee Table book autographed by the Great Grandson of the Sundance Kid..Jerry Nickel, and 11X14 gallery wrapped Faux Canvas Photograph of stunt cowboy from filming..(see image below). We will also add autographs from the crew, this will make their day! Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3, and 4! BONUS REWARD also receive a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West!

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    Winnemucca Nevada Bank Reward

    Commissioned wanted poster of you! This one of a kind piece of art will be completed by our commissioned outlaw artist, Kami Taylor. Your face will be in the wanted poster as a known associate of The Wild Bunch and Sundance Kid! How cool is that!! Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3, and 4! BONUS REWARD also receive a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West!

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    Green Horn Outlaw Reward

    Two tickets to the premier showing of the Documentary, Plus the Premier of the pilot episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West! Includes dinner for two as well, not just any dinner....Dutch Oven Taters, Mutton and all the trimmings!. Get this...the premier of the documentary is not going to be at some theater in town...nope...were goin OUTLAW style..the premier is on location at Robbers Roost!! Yes you will be watching the premier in the exact area that the outlaws hide out from the law!! Imagine yourself sitting comfortably around a campfire while watching the Documentary Bringing Sundance Home and the Pilot Episode! Look to your right and to your left,,,you may just be sitting next to the great grandson of the Sundance Kid, Yes he will be there to answer any questions and even tell a few outlaw stories! Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3 and 4! BONUS REWARD also receive a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West!
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    The Pinkerton Reward

    Giclee print on canvas (24x36) of the famous Ft. Worth Five. The actual photograph of the Ft. Worth Five was key in our photo/facial investigation and discovery of the identity of The Sundance Kid. We will only make as many copies of this original oil piece as we have contributors, so each Giclee print of the original oil painting will be signed by the artist and numbered 1 through 25! You will also get an autographed hard copy of the book "Bringing Sundance Home The Real Sundance Kid My Great Grandfather" by the great grandson of the Sundance Kid, Jerry Nickel. Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3, and 4! BONUS REWARD also receive a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West!

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    Sheriff George Chappel Reward

    A two day two night driving tour for two of Sundances home town area located in Southern Utah, Fremont Utah to be exact! This is where he had his wife and kids hid out on his small ranch. We will take you to see sites like, Paradise ranch where Sundance was hired to break wild horses, Sundances old ranch homestead, Allred Point, Sundance’s name carved in stone near Capitol Reef National Park, the tour just would not be complete without a day trip out to Robbers Roost! See the trails, mountains and wide open spaces that the Outlaws rode! plus alot more!! Authentic dutch oven dinner provided each night around a campfire at the Wild West Mustang Ranch in Fremont Utah. Transportation to and from area and Lodging not included. Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3 and 4! BONUS REWARD also receive a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West!
    Historical info....George Armstrong Chappel is my (West Taylor) great, great grandfather...So my great great grandfather, as Sheriff of Wayne County Utah was chasing my friend (Jerry Nickle) great grandfather the Sundance Kid...Just to make things right I may have to arrest Jerry the next time he is in Wayne County!!

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    Robbers Roost Reward

    The reward of all rewards....a 3 day 3 night extreme backcountry horse ride for two into the exact winter campsite of the Wild Bunch in 1897! Our research and many trips out into Robbers Roost have uncovered the original outlaw campsite!! Its not listed on any map! The only way you will see this site is being on this ride! See Fortress canyon where the outlaws would jump their horses off a cliff to escape capture from the posse! Sit and have lunch at "outlaw spring" this is the exact spring the outlaws used to survive in this extreme remote region. This reward is for those of you looking for a once in a lifetime adventure, bring your own horse or invite a friend who has horses,,,Dinner is provided around the campfire each evening with plenty of time for outlaw story telling..
    BONUS REWARD also receive a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West!
    Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3 and 4! We wanted to make sure you were properly rewarded!!
    Check out the VIDEO at the bottom of this page for more info on this reward!

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    Wild Bunch Reward!

    Same Extreme Backcountry horse ride as in the Robbers Roost reward...a 3 day 3 night extreme backcountry horse ride Only you get a private experience!! Bring yourself and 3 of your closest friends (if ya have a few more friends I am sure we can work something out) on a Ride of a lifetime into Robbers Roost!! (horses not included, invite your friends who have horses if you don’t have any) Not all by yourself...I mean,, I will be there with ya to tell stories and show you the sites,,,one on one with West Taylor.
    BONUS REWARD also receive a DVD of the Pilot Episode of the TV show Outlaw Stories of the Wild West!
    Plus awesome Rewards 1,2,3 and 4
    Check out the VIDEO at the bottom of this page for more info on this reward!

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