DEAD: Billy the Kid

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Billy the Kid (aged 21)
American cattle rustler, gambler, horse thief, outlaw, cowboy and ranch hand

Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881, also known asWilliam H. Bonney) was an American Old West outlaw and gunfighter who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at age 21. He took part in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War, during which he allegedly committed three murders.

DEATH: Accounts vary as to the course of events; according to the canonical version, as he entered the room, Bonney failed to recognize Garrett due to the poor lighting. Drawing his revolver and backing away, Bonney asked “¿Quién es? ¿Quién es?” (Spanish for “Who is it? Who is it?”). Recognizing Bonney’s voice, Garrett drew his revolver and fired twice.The first bullet struck Bonney in the chest just above his heart, killing him.

A few hours after the shooting, a local justice of the peace assembled a coroner’s jury of six people. The jury members interviewed Maxwell and Garrett, and Bonney’s body and the location of the shooting were examined. The jury certified the body as Bonney’s, and according to a local newspaper, the jury foreman said, “It was the Kid’s’ body that we examined.”Bonney was given a wake by candlelight; he was buried the next day and his grave was denoted with a wooden marker.

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