Billy The Kid Essay

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Billy The Kid


Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid is one of the most famous outlaws in American history. He has been a widely
told figure in American history as well as folklore. The have made movies from his history
and have also wrote many books on him. Most of Billy the Kids life remains a heated
controversy throughout America.

Billy the Kid was born in New York City on November 23, 1859 to William and Kathleen
McCarty Bonney and given the name William H. Bonney (There are other stories of his birth
but this one is the most reliable). The first recorded killing committed by Billy the Kid
was on August 17, 1877. This is also where he got his nickname 'Kid';. The story has it
that he got in a fight with a blacksmith in a saloon where the blacksmith slapped him and
threw his to the floor. Knowing that he was no match for the much bigger and older
blacksmith he drew his gun and shot the blacksmith who died the next day. He was arrested
but the escaped and began running from the law, something he did all of his life.

Billy the Kid eventually moved to Lincoln County, New Mexico were he began working for
J.H. Tunstall. Tunstall was a rich farmland owner who had an ongoing feud with L.G. Murphy
and J.J. Dolan over farmland and grazing rights. Billy the Kid looked at Tunstall as a
father and would do anything for him. But on February 18, 1878, Tunstall was gunned down
by a group of deputies who were under the authority of Sheriff William Brady who was a
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