June 29, 2019

4 - Brushy Bill Roberts

4 - Brushy Bill Roberts

On the night of July 14th, 1881, the infamous outlaw Billy The Kid was killed in Ft. Sumner New Mexico. Sheriff Pat Garret was questioning Pete Maxwell as to Billy’s whereabouts when the kid walked into the darkened room. Realizing he...


  

On the night of July 14th, 1881, the infamous outlaw Billy The Kid was killed in Ft. Sumner New Mexico.

Sheriff Pat Garret was questioning Pete Maxwell as to Billy’s whereabouts when the kid walked into the darkened room. Realizing he wasn’t alone, Billy spoke his final words “quien es?” who is it? Garret, recognizing the Kid’s voice, drew his revolver and shot twice, the first bullet struck Billy in the chest, just above the heart. Thus ending the short, yet bloody, career of Billy The Kid. 

But did things really go down like that? Did Pat Garrett really kill Billy The Kid?

In 1950, 69 years after Billy was supposedly killed, a man known as Brushy Bill Roberts met with the governor of New Mexico, claiming to be Billy The Kid and requesting the pardon he was promised decades before. 

The 90-year-old Roberts spoke fluent Spanish and like the kid, he too was ambidextrous. He had 4 signed affidavits from people who actually knew Billy The Kid back in the day swearing that he was, indeed, Billy.

And he had every bullet wound Billy was said to have. And then some.

Was Brushy Bill really Billy The Kid? And if not, who the hell was he?

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