Billy the Kid


Billy the Kid
1. (William H. Bonney) 1859-81, U.S. outlaw.
2. (italics) a ballet (1938) choreographed by Eugene Loring, with musical score by Aaron Copland.

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orig. William H. Bonney, Jr., or Henry McCarty

born Nov. 23, 1859/60, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died July 14, 1881, Fort Sumner, N.M.

U.S. criminal.

As a child he migrated with his family to Kansas, then lived in New Mexico from с 1868. His career of lawlessness throughout the Southwest began early; by the time he was captured by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1880 he had allegedly killed 27 men. Convicted in New Mexico in 1881 and sentenced to hang, he escaped from jail, killing two deputies, and remained at large until Garrett tracked him down and killed him.

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▪ American outlaw
byname of  William H. Bonney, Jr.,  original name  Henry McCarty?  
born Nov. 23, 1859/60, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died July 14, 1881, Fort Sumner, N.M.
 one of the most notorious gunfighters of the American West, reputed to have killed at least 27 men before being gunned down at about age 21.

      Born on New York City's East Side, Billy as a child migrated with his parents to Kansas; his father died there, and the mother and her two boys moved to Colorado, where she remarried. The family moved to New Mexico, and, in his early teens, Billy fell into a career of thievery and lawlessness, wandering throughout the Southwest and northern Mexico, often with gangs. In December 1880 he was captured by Sheriff Patrick Floyd Garrett (Garrett, Pat) and stood trial for murder in Mesilla, N.M., in April 1881; he was found guilty and sentenced to hang. He escaped jail on April 30, however, killing two deputies, and remained at large until tracked down and ambushed by Garrett, who shot him dead on the evening of July 14 at the ranch home of Pete Maxwell. Billy the Kid's grave is in Fort Sumner, N.M.

      As a child, Billy the Kid went under the name of Henry McCarty. Scholarly opinion is divided over whether that or William H. Bonney, Jr. (the name he used later, as in the trial), was his true name. Another hypothesis is that Billy the Kid was in fact Ollie L. “Brushy Bill” Roberts, who escaped, lived in Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, rode in Wild West shows, and died in 1950 in Hico, Texas.

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Universalium. 2010.

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