By Daniel A. Edwards
In 1882 a infamous outlaw and a formative years good friend of Billy the child used to be published from felony the place he have been serving time for killing a Texas Ranger. His freedom ultimately secured, the outlaw disappeared and was once by no means heard from back. by no means, that's, until eventually 1948 while he got here out of hiding after virtually 70 years. during proving his id to a court docket of legislation the outlaw printed that his buddy Billy the child used to be now not killed by way of Pat Garrett yet used to be nonetheless alive even to that day. After a interval of analysis and patience the younger legal professional was once eventually ended in a destitute outdated guy in Texas who used to be named now not William H. Bonney yet William H. Roberts, even if Bonney have been an alias that he had used. Roberts agreed to bare himself as Billy the child if the attorney may support him receive a pardon so he might die a loose guy. you notice, the child was once nonetheless sought after for homicide so that you could come ahead was once to danger being sentenced and placed to loss of life, yet this used to be a danger that William H. Roberts used to be prepared to take. He informed his tale just one time, to 1 guy. this is often his tale, now awarded for the 1st time with new photographic proof and learn that helps his declare that he was once the only real Billy the child of legend.
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Additional resources for Billy the Kid: An Autobiography: The Story of Brushy Bill Roberts
During this period he was known as “Kid Roberts,” since he was small for his age. The only good thing that could be said for old man Roberts was that he made his son proficient in roping, riding, and shooting. I was a pretty good rider for a kid, riding most of the yearlings that they would run up. From that I began riding the two-year-old colts that the older boys would run up from the range. That was great sport to my boy friends. ” He was a Baptist preacher from Arkansas. My father told him if he didn’t want his boys around where his boys were learning to ride, that he could keep them at home.
44. We got out on bond, but he said he didn’t have that one six-shooter. 44 with wooden handles. He still had the warrants and I knew he was still looking for me. He was a Murphy man and had some tough boys on his list of deputies. ” “In the forenoon of April 1, Brady, his deputy, Hindman, and County Clerk Billy Matthews- I believe there was someone else, too- were coming down the street from Murphy’s store to the old courthouse when we spied them. Henry Brown, John Middleton, and Fred Wayte were with me behind the adobe wall alongside of Tunstall’s store.
I had to black their boots, clean up their saddles, and anything they said to do. They beat me, they banged me, they swore they would hang me if I didn’t do it. ” “They were fixing to beat up on me one day when I took a shot at a big rowdy, grazing his temple. My friend who had given me the gun stepped up and said, “Here, here, you have beat that boy enough. ” “The boss also liked me. He told me, ‘Son if you can ride that buckskin hoss in there in the corral, I’ll give him to you. Also the pick of them saddles in the shed.