12 Good Reasons Why I Liked Billy, The Kid
The only photo (tintype) of Billy, The Kid in existence
I’m not getting into the ongoing argument is Billy, The Kid alive today or not. I do admit that there are some legitimacy to (some) of the points of those saying he “is” still around and living at a very old age. Then there are those on the opposing-side saying they have concrete proof that he was killed by legendary sheriff, Pat Garrett.
This, to me, is where I see the controversy starting. History states that Garrett and Bonney, Billy The Kid’s not Billy’s real name, (but a name he took from his stepdad as his alias), were close friends in Garrett’s latter years. And without sorting out the endless what if’s, or’s, and maybe’s, I pose this question, “If Garrett “did” shoot Billy, why did he shoot a close friend?” Or, since controversy knows no boundary, did Garrett “shoot” Billy, but not in a life-threatening wound, as a way for Billy to escape and never be chased again?
Official wanted poster for Billy, The Kid
Clu Gulager played Billy, The Kid in the television western, The Tall Man
Barry Sullivan played Pat Garrett in The Tall Man
How television portrayed Billy, The Kid
Don’t get up in the air about my questions, I am just a casual-observer. But I am not the only bystander who shares the last question. Many who knew Billy were always in awe of his charismatic personality that was always in the “on” position, so he had many fans and friends. History also says that he had “a way” with the ladies, mostly Spanish ladies whom he loved dearly.
Another interesting fact about Billy’s persona is that if a person did him a favor, he would remember the good turn for what seemed like forever—as those who knew him spoke of his sharp memory. What amazes me is the fact that Billy never drank liquor, smoked, but loved to gamble. He loved books and was a talented singer. This doesn’t sound like a “blood-thirsty” gunslinger, thief or outlaw, but like you, I am entitled to my opinion.
For one of America’s most-deadly outlaws, more than 1000 books have been published about Billy, The Kid’s life and over 60 films have been made bring this American icon to the big screen. And on it goes.
Emilio Estevez was Billy, The Kid, in the film, The Young Guns
Billy, The Kid's 1873 Colt
Call me foolish, but I like Billy, The Kid
Alive? Deceased? I do not know. Neither do the groups arguing both ways. If you want me to join you, simply “show me the proof.” This reminds me a lot of the long-lasting controversies surrounding Sasquatch and if “it” is real or not.
Sue me, hate me for saying this, but since my teenage days, I have always rooted for the “underdog,” no matter what match, game, street fight or drag race. I feel this way because “I” have always felt as if I were an underdog in most of the places and situations I have been through.
So when an “underdog,” upset the sports world and set it on its ear by defeating a bigger, more-powerful boxer, it was like “I” and my fellow “underdogs,” had won the boxing match too. And we were sharing in the real underdog’s applause that he was enjoying in the ring.
So that being said, I have to share this with you . . . here are . . .
“12 Good Reasons Why I Liked Billy, The Kid”
Billy, The Kid at a glance--
William H. Bonney (born William Henry McCarty, Jr. c. November 23, 1859 – c. July 14, 1881), better known as Billy the Kid and also known as William Antrim, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. According to legend, he killed 21 men, but it is generally believed that he killed 8 people. He killed his first man in April 1 1877 at the age of 18.
McCarty (or Bonney, the name he used at the height of his notoriety) was 5'8" (173 cm) tall with blue eyes, blond hair or dirty blond hair, and a smooth complexion. He was described as being friendly and personable at times, and as edgy as a cat. Contemporaries described him as a "neat" dresser who favored an "unadorned Mexican sombrero". These qualities, along with his cunning and celebrated skill with firearms, contributed to his paradoxical image as both a notorious outlaw and a folk hero.
Billy was relatively unknown during most of his lifetime but was catapulted into legend in 1881 when New Mexico's governor, Lew Wallace, placed a price on his head. In addition, the Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, New Mexico) and the New York Sun carried stories about his exploits. Other newspapers followed suit. Several biographies written about Billy the Kid after his death portrayed him in varying lights.
1.) Billy, The Kid had "that way" with most of the women he met.
2.) Billy never ran from anyone--bullies, loudmouths, or know-it-all's.
3.) He never sang with a quartet because it might have weakened his image.
4.) Billy, The Kid wasn't a big fan of opera or ballet.
5.) No his credit, Billy hever had his face slapped by any woman--even those he loved.
6.) Billy never partook in public baths.
7.) Of the things Billy, The Kid loved, designing curtains for the home was not one of them.
8.) Billy, The Kid was never accused of selling second-quality goods from the back of a wagon.
9.) Billy had a good eye for matching his clothes.
10.) Among his many gifts, Billy, The Kid was only an average cook.
11.) Tap dancing never appealed to Billy, The Kid even as a cover for his outlaw image.
12.) Billy never was known to wear a raccoon skin cap.
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