Billy the Kid

American cowboy and outlaw (1859–1881)

William Henry McCarty, Jr. (November 23, 1859July 14, 1881), better known as Billy the Kid, but also known by the aliases Henry Antrim and William Harrison Bonney, was a 19th-century American frontier outlaw and murderer who was a participant in the Lincoln County War.



  • I don’t blame you for writing of me as you have. You had to believe other stories, but then I don’t know if any one would believe anything good of me anyway.
  • People thought me bad before, but if ever I should get free, I'll let them know what bad means.
    • in an interview with a reporter from the Daily New Mexican after his capture at Stinking Springs.
    • The West of Billy the Kid, by Frederick Nolan, page 323. ISBN 0-8061-3082-2

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