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Billy the Kid
aka William H. Bonney | 1889 - 1881
In legend, Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty) was an American Old West gunfighter who earned a reputation in the New Mexico Territory (NMT) as being a ruthless cold-blooded killer. In truth, the Kid wasn’t the vicious murderer he’s been portrayed as, but rather he was just a young man who lived in a violent dog-eat-dog world, where knowing how to use a gun was the difference between life and death.
Below are a few uncommon tidbits of information about the Real Billy the Kid that I dug up on the web. Some of these “facts” are difficult to verify with any kind of authenticity, but certainly make the legend of this 19th century outlaw and his caprid counterpart all the more intriguing.
• The Real Billy the Kid spoke fluent Spanish.
• Caprid Billy the Kid bleated fluent Spanish.
• The Real Billy loved to sing and was reputed to have a beautiful tenor voice.
• Caprid Billy also loved to “sing,” but there’s not a single account of anyone referring tto his voice as beautiful.
• The Real Billy the Kid loved to play pirates with his friends as a child and fancied the idea he was an actual descendant to Anne Bonney, the infamous woman pirate.
• Caprid Billy the Kid loved to play safari with his friends as a child and fancied the idea he was an actual descendant of the Boer goat, a hearty South African breed now raised throughout central West-Texas and New Mexico.
• The Real Billy the Kid tintype is really a reverse image, which gave the illusion that the Kid was a left hand draw. In reality he was holding the rifle in his left hand and the revolver was positioned on his right. It was an observant historian who noted the Winchester 1873 didn’t have loading gate on the left side - it’s only manufactured with the loading gate on the right side.
• Caprid Billy the Kid was illustrated by Erinaceus Rex, who made sure she did her research so you can have a truly accurate representation of the Wild West’s most