Outlaw Stories of the Wild West-Click here to CONTRIBUTE!
Outlaw Stories of the Wild West-Click here to CONTRIBUTE!
We dug up a grave in rural Utah....Guess who was in it?? The Sundance Kid! Learn more....
We dug up a grave in rural Utah....Guess who was in it?? The Sundance Kid! Learn more.... Read more
About this project
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?"
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?
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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