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"Who was Billy the Kid? That is a question that no one has ever answered for sure. There have been a lot of speculations and �facts� that have been printed, but nothing that anyone seems to want to hang their hat on. Most historians and authors seem to think his real name was Henry McCarty and that he was born in New York in 1859."
"One thing that most people seem to agree on is that William Bonney was killed by Pat Garrett the night of July 14, 1881 at Pete Maxwell�s house at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. But, was he?"
"Over the years, since the supposed killing of Billy the Kid by Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881, there have been many old time cowboys that have claimed to be Billy the Kid. Somehow, according to these claimants, Billy was able to escape death, and lived and died in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Old Mexico, or even England."
�Pat Garrett, in the company of his deputies, McKinney and Poe, learned the kid was in Fort Sumner, holed up at the house of Pete Maxwell. They sneaked up to the house in the dead of night, and Garrett knocked on the door. A Mexican youth with a gun in his hand answered the knock and queried, �Quien es?� Sheriff Garrett pushed the door open and fired. The Mexican youth fell dead, and Garrett told the Kid and his girl who was there with him, to pack and leave Lincoln County forever.�
"What a cast of characters we find in 1880 Georgetown. Coincidence? You be the judge. Could this 21 year old William McCarty be Henry McCarty as in William Henry McCarty alias Billy the Kid?"
"As the story goes, �Joseph and Garrett sat alone in the establishment and talked for almost two hours; they rose from their chairs, shook hands and departed. Later, someone asked Joseph what happened. Joseph remarked that he now had a better understanding of what happened." What was it that Joseph better understood?"