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But seriously, I suspect survivor-ship bias. Most people in Perez's position would in fact continue to be locked up, treated as likely deserters / in league with the devil, and generally lost to history. On a given day, if you just made up a story about the governor being killed, what are the odds you would be right? Probably much closer to win-the-lottery odds than entropy-reverses-itself odds.

Well, this assumes the guard actually existed. The Wikipedia article could just be based on an imaginative kid telling a made-up story to his brother (although the kid would have to be quite knowledgeable to know about the historical events, as well as the details like differing uniforms); the story has spread that it's become, as the article says, folklore.

There are churches in the world that's been built because some people (usually young girls) said they saw the Virgin Mary...

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