The infamous Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett On This Day in 1881 at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico. Billy the Kid, infamous gunslinger of the Old Wild West, escaped from prison three months prior to his fatal altercation with Sheriff Garrett.
He was one of the most wanted criminals in the West. By the time he was 18, he had committed at least 17 murders, including Sheriff William Brady.
History.com provides his real name as Henry McCarty. An article in Lancaster Intelligencer, dated 12 August 1881, lists his birth name as Billy M’Carthy and states he was born in
just 22 years prior. The Cheyenne Transporter states his real name
was Wm. Bonney and he was not quite 21. New York
As a young child, his family moved to Grant County, New Mexico.
“Billy the Kid is shot to death”. History.com
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015