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Billy the Kid: Beyond the Grave by W.C. Jameson

By W.C. Jameson

Billy the child: past the Grave lines the lifetime of this well-known desperado via his position within the Lincoln County warfare, the alleged killing by way of Sheriff Pat Garrett, Billy's get away, and his existence for the subsequent sixty-nine years. In 1948, an previous guy named William Henry Roberts used to be faced with facts that he used to be Billy the child. at the beginning he denied his id, yet reluctantly admitted who he used to be. in response to taped interviews with Roberts, new proof found within the Nineteen Nineties, and complex photograph comparability expertise through the FBI, the belief that Roberts used to be Billy the child earnings help.

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I rustled some cattle from the Murphy herds when I could find them so we could eat and make a living the only way that was left for us. I had wanted to settle down and live in that country, but they wouldn’t let me. They made outlaws of us. ” For the next few months, while ranging from Fort Sumner to Portales, Roberts and his companions earned their living by rounding up stray cattle in the area and selling them to anyone who would buy them. During this time, Roberts was blamed for the killing of Indian agent Morris Bernstein, a killing he denied.

A member of the Missouri Historical Society, Morrison enjoyed reading and researching history when time permitted. He claimed to be a descendant of Ferdinand Maxwell, the brother of Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell and uncle of Pete Maxwell, in whose bedroom Billy the Kid was supposedly shot and killed by Pat Garrett. Morrison, familiar with aspects of New Mexico history, had a passing knowledge of the Lincoln County War. In 1948, Morrison’s employer, a legal firm in Beaumont, Texas, sent him to Florida to investigate the case of Joe Hines, whose brother passed away in North Dakota.

Now and then, Roberts encountered old-timers, veterans from the Lincoln County War who remembered him as a participant during that long ago time and recognized him as the outlaw Billy the Kid. Unless he was with close friends, however, the old man denied the identity and found reason to excuse himself from further conversation. During the late 1940s, a man named William V. Morrison was employed part-time by a law firm to conduct investigatory work relative to wills, deeds, inheritance claims, and related matters.

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