Siringo (February 7, 1855—October 18, 1928),
was an American lawman, detective
and agent for the Pinkerton in the
19th/early 20th century.
Siringo was born in Texas to an Irish immigrant mother
an Italian immigrant father from Piedmont.
He attended public school to age 15
when he started working as a cowboy.
He wrote the book,
"A Texas Cowboy; or Fifteen Years on the
Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony."
It was published to wide acclaim
and became one of the first true looks into life as a cowboy.
In 1886, Siringo moved to Chicago and joined the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
In the late 1890s, he infiltrated Butch Cassidy's Train Robbers Syndicate.
For over a year,
he hampered the operations of Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang.
After they committed the now famous train robbery near
in which they robbed a Union Pacific train,
he was assigned to capture the Wild Bunch.
Several members of the gang were captured
as a result of information Siringo gathered.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fled to South America.
Siringo retired in 1907, and wrote
another book entitled Pinkerton's Cowboy Detective.
The Pinkerton Detective Agency held up publication for two years,
feeling it violated a confidentiality agreement.
Siringo deleted their name from the book title,
instead writing two separate books, entitled
"A Cowboy Detective and Further Adventures of a Cowboy Detective."
He moved to Los Angeles, where he became somewhat of a celebrity
due to his well publicized exploits.