Billy the Kid Killed

The Story of an Outlaw

On July 14, 1881, gunman and outlaw Billy the Kid was shot and killed.

Billy the Kid shot dead

Though most of his life he was relatively unknown, Billy the Kid’s reputation became legendary. It was said that he had killed at least one man for every year he’d lived. Now it is more widely believed that the number of deaths at his hands was closer to 8.

The Kid

Billy the Kid Dead

As the articles above mention, the Kid—whose real name was Henry McCarty—was eventually shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett. Garrett had been questioning one of McCarty’s friends about the outlaw’s whereabouts when McCarty walked right into the room, unaware of Garrett’s presence. Garrett shot him on the spot, and that was it for Billy the Kid.

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