Billy the Kid didnt make it all the way to New Mexico. People in Hico, Texaspopulation 1,780 and home to the Billy the Kid Museumtell a slightly different version. Our editors will review what youve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Updates? I now believe without a doubt that Billy the Kid was not killed by Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner. We unsaddled here, got some coffee, and, on foot, entered an orchard which runs from this point down to a row of old buildings, some of them occupied by Mexicans, not more than sixty yards from Maxwells house. The Kid was catapulted into legend due to the $500 bounty - then a staggering amount - on his head. I wont put a price on it, quite frankly its priceless. Billy the Kid was born Henry McCarty to Irish immigrants in New York City around 1859. As he descended into criminality and fled from town to town to evade the law, he regularly changed his name, eventually becoming known as Billy the Kid. This time however, he was sentenced to hang for the death of Sheriff Brady. Garrett claims that he stayed in Maxwells house with his men for the entire night. Now these are strange things for someone that is a fraud to focus on. Garrett delivered Webb and Davis to the sheriff of San Miguel County and rode on to Puerto de Luna. Thereafter, Garrett was a rancher near Roswell, N.M. (188296), deputy sheriff and then sheriff of Dona Ana County, N.M. (18961902), and collector of customs at El Paso, Texas (190206). So, why is the notorious Billy the Kid up for this pardon, you ask? Garretts body was left on the side of the road. Garrett and his men laid siege to the Dedrick ranch at Bosque Grande on November 30th, expecting to find Billy the Kid. New Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett and his posse captured Billy the Kid at a place called Stinking Springs on December 23, 1880. Please refer to the appropriate style manual or other sources if you have any questions. As Currys inauguration was not for a few months, Garrett returned to El Paso to look for work. Financially, Garrett was a failure. At this point also calling himself William Bonney, he took up honest work as a cowboy for a rancher in Lincoln County named John Tunstall. Billy the Kid, that heasked Sheriff Kimball to appoint him deputy sheriff until his term officiallybegan in January of 1881. Before resigning in disgrace, federal judge William Story preceded the more celebrated hanging judge Isaac Parker in Arkansas Western District. But he came up with a plan to get himself off by providing Governor Lew Wallace with information about the murder of a prominent lawyer that hed witnessed recently. At about age 21, Billy the Kid was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett. John Miller, an Arizona man, also claimed he was the outlaw. At almost precisely the same time, Garrett woke Maxwell up; his friend was understandably annoyed at being disturbed. For starters, Billy the Kids name wasnt Billy and he wasnt born in the western United States. In December 1880 he was captured by Garrett and stood trial for murder in Mesilla, New Mexico, in April 1881; he was found guilty and was sentenced to hang. An experienced outlaw (even at a tender age) would surely have recognized two deputies standing on the porch. Omissions? He Was a Fast-Rising Judge in Arkansas. About two months later with no amnesty forthcoming, Billy realized hed been had and they were going to hang him instead. However, the Kid later escaped, shooting dead two deputies and riding out of town Brushy Bill Roberts, who died in 1950, claimed that he was the Kid. Does Billy the Kid Deserve the Pardon He was Promised? The one that counted the one who still counts was variously known as Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim, William H. Bonney, Billy Bonney, and sometimes just The Kid. Billy the Kid was free for just three months before his final encounter with Pat Garrett. Billy the Kid was a late 19th-century thief and gunfighter. There were various men in the American Southwest who went by the moniker "Billy the Kid." These absences got longer and more common as McCartys mother got sick with tuberculosis and became more dependent on the men in her family to look after her. The photo of the Kid discovered in 2015 has since been estimated to be worth $5 million. In New Mexico, Garrett worked as a cowboy for Pedro Pete Maxwell but quit to open a saloon. Following Billy the Kids death, the media turned him into a folk hero and made Garrett out to be the bad guy. Garrett and his men had received information that the outlaws were coming and set up an ambush. History tells us that the outlaw known as Billy the Kid (aka Henry McCarty, aka William Bonney) was gunned downat the ripe old age of 21by Sheriff Pat Some believe that the Kid lived on as Brushy Bill Roberts, but others believe that the Kid was in fact buried the next day in the Fort Sumner cemetery. She writes, A promise is a promise and should be enforced. Garrett related his side of the story in his The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid: I then concluded to go and have a talk with Peter Maxwell, Esq., in whom I felt sure I could rely. He was a gambler and heavy drinker andoften deeply in debt. Garrett succeeded in capturing Billy the Kid and a few other outlaws at Stinking Springs on December 23, 1880. Somewhere on his ride, he was surrounded by Apaches who took his stolen horse and left him to walk through the desert for miles back to civilization. Richardson is a known Billy the Kid aficionado, and is considering the pardon because of an alleged promise by Governor Lew Wallace. He got in trouble for petty thefts of things like food and clothing, but things got worse when stole some pistols from a Chinese laundry in 1875 and was sent to jail. Mysteries of the Old West: Did Pat Garrett Kill Billy the Kid? Sheriff Pat Garrett shoots Henry McCarty, popularly known as Billy the Kid, to death at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico. WebBut he never did like to talk about it all that much. Garrett had hoped to apprehend the men while they were asleep, but Lee and Gililland set themselves up as lookouts on the roof of the bunkhouse. Memorial marking spot where Pat Garrett was killed. He was sentenced to hang and was then transferred to the courthouse and jail in Lincoln, but on April 28, 1881, he killed deputies James Bell and Robert Olinger and escaped. The Kid was convicted and sentenced to hang, but the following April, he made an audacious escape from prisonand killed deputies James Bell and Bob Olinger in the process. McNew and Carr were the first to be arrested. Lets get the issue of imposters out of the way quickly. They were acquitted of the Fountain killings, and the charges for killing the deputy were dismissed. When Notorious Outlaw Billy the Kid Briefly Joined a U.S. Garrett decided to seek out Peter Maxwell, an old friend who lived in the area, in the hope that he could receive some details about the fugitives whereabouts. Morrison approached Roberts who, perhaps sensing the end of his life was near (if he had been Billy, hed have been 90 at the time), made a confession. The Old Man Who Claimed to Be Billy the Kid. On April 15th, Judge Warren Bristol sentenced Billy the Kid to hang, but he escaped before the sentence was carried out. Tim Sweet, owner of the Billy the Kid museum, previously said that he was 95 per cent sure that Garrett is in the photo. The men inside were pretty tough and the battle started to turn against the lawmen, but then reinforcements arrived from a nearby army base. He talked the guard into letting him out to use the outhouse and then on the way back in he slipped his chains and beat the guard to the ground. The image could be the last known picture of Billy the Kid, who was born Henry McCarty. After the shooting, Garrett claimed the Kid had a .41 caliber pistol in his hand, Poe said it was a .38 caliber. It was a game of two, Billy said, and I got there first.. He was celebrated for his gun skills and, according to popular legend killed 21 men - one for each year of his short life. McCarty, a member of the Regulators, vowed to avenge Tunstall's death. contains daily features, photo galleries and over 25,000 articles originally published in our nine magazines. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). Nevertheless, it says a lot about the continued American fascination with Billy the Kid that a mere photo of him would be valued at $5 million some 135 years after his death. What you may not know is that the long dead Kid may be up for a pardon from current New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. Subscribe to receive our weekly newsletter with top stories from master historians. But this time it was a U.S. Pat Garrett (2nd from right) with friends on the porch in Roswell, New Mexico. But before Garrett could get his prisoners to jail, he had to defend them from a lynch mob that formed around the train on the route to Santa Fe. President Roosevelt supported Garrett as complaints piled up and went so far as to invite him to a reunion for the Rough Riders in San Antonio in April of 1905. There are different accounts regarding the tip-off that brought the lawmen to Fort Sumner, the encounter at the orchard, and the moments before and after the shooting. He tried to work straight jobs (hotel worker, ranch hand) but quickly found himself on the wrong side of the law. He headed west with his family as a youth and had his first brush with the law in 1875 when he was arrested for stealing clothes from a Chinese laundry in Silver City, New Mexico. US Marshal Service How Much Did It Cost to Find Billy the Kid? One of Bonneys men was killed; Bonney and the rest of his men were captured. On July 12, 1898, Garrett and his men encountered Oliver M. Lee and James Gililland at Wildy Well near Orogrande, Texas. 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The Regulators were able to ambush and kill Brady, but that didnt put an end to things. Once more, Sheriff Garrett was sent after the Kid. Meanwhile, Billy encountered Poe and McKinney and apparently said Quien es? which means who is it? in Spanish. This man was Billy; he was lounging around the orchard at the same time the lawmen entered. 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And that included his last escape, from the custody of Sheriff Garrett. Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid. His parents were Irish immigrants who came to America and married just after turning 20. Garrett gets word that the Kid is hiding out near Maxwells place. The comments below have not been moderated. He said that he had theories as to why McCarty would have taken a photo with the man who eventually killed him, pointing to the cigars as signs that Garrett and his lawmen were celebrating capturing McCarty. He wore a broad-brimmed hat, a dark vest and pants, and was in his shirtsleeves. Even by frontier standards, he was young. He murdered two deputies, James Bell and Bob Olinger, during the escape. McGinn also says that Wallace assured Kid that he had the authority to exempt him from prosecution should he cooperate and share his knowledge, but that Wallace never held up his end of the deal. 'I told him "The biggest thing you could do right now is get the picture out and let people look at it and give you feedback",' Stahl said. He added: 'People ask me all the time, what do you think its worth, what do you think its worth. Garrett did not seek re-election as sheriff of Lincoln County the year after McCarty's death. Stealing his gun, Billy shot him dead and hobbled in chains to the wardens office where he grabbed a shotgun and perched in the window. Did Blues King Robert Johnson Sell His Soul To The Devil To Become The World's Greatest Musician? Bonney woke up and went into the kitchen, presumably to get something to eat. Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. Garrett was correct in his estimation of The Kid Billy was legendary, a man who had managed to escape incarceration more than once. Quien es? (Whos that? However, the true figure is believed to be somewhere between four and nine. Now, the stories of what actually happened next seem to clash, so suffice it to say that the Kid ended up in custody. Circa 1879-1880. After three years on the run and several other murders, Pat Garrett finally arrested Billy in early 1881. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. August 10th, 2010. Webliverpool v nottingham forest 1989 team line ups; best crews to join in gta 5. jay chaudhry house; bimbo bakeries buying back routes; pauline taylor seeley cause of death