"Billy the Kid, His Real Name Was ..." by Jim Johnson, Allen, TX
About the Book
Everyone knows that William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid, was killed by Pat Garrett around midnight on July 14, 1881 at Fort Sumner, NM. Or, was he?
Authors like William V. Morrison and W. C. Jameson wrote that he escaped death that night and died as an old man by the name of Brushy Bill Roberts in Hico, Texas in 1950. In fact, the folks at Hico have a celebration every year called the Billy the Kid Days. They even have a museum and a statue of Billy. They are so sure that Brushy was Billy the Kid, that their Chamber of Commerce offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove that Brushy was a fake. Well, the truth eventually must come out. Author, Jim Johnson, has uncovered undeniable proof that Brushy Bill was just another old man seeking fame.
On the otherhand, author, Helen Airy, wrote about a man by the name of John Miller whose family claimed that he was Billy the Kid. John Miller himself never really claimed he was Billy the Kid until he was under the influence of alcohol, only to deny that he wasn't after he sobered up. Author, Jim Johnson, again, found significant proof that John Miller was not Billy.
But , who was William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid? Most authors and historians have said that his real name was Henry McCarty. Again, Jim Johnson disagrees and provides some insight as to why he doesn't believe his real name was Henry McCarty. In his book, Mr. Johnson provides a lot of new information on Henry McCarty, William Bonney, Brushy Bill Roberts, and John Miller, as well as, Buckshot Roberts and Johnny Ringo.
About the Author
Author Jim Johnson has been intrigued with the Old West, its lore, and its legends all of his life. His interest began with the old black and white western movies in the 1940s and 50s. Over the years he has collected and read thousands of nonfiction books and magazines on western outlaws and lawmen. Today, his library overflows with these nonfiction western books and magazines.
Mr. Johnson read these books and magazines thoroughly and very cautiously. He never took anything as fact, and in many cases, he actually found the 'facts' to be incorrect and contradictory. His research over the last 35 - 40 years has taken him all over the southwest, including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, and the midwest, including Kansas, Illinois, and Indiana. He has copies of thousands of documents from archives, government records, and internet records.
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