By Daniel A. Edwards
In 1882 a infamous outlaw and a early life buddy of Billy the child was once published from felony the place he have been serving time for killing a Texas Ranger. His freedom eventually secured, the outlaw disappeared and was once by no means heard from back. by no means, that's, until eventually 1948 whilst he got here out of hiding after virtually 70 years. during proving his id to a court docket of legislation the outlaw printed that his pal Billy the child was once no longer killed through Pat Garrett yet was once nonetheless alive even to that day. After a interval of analysis and endurance the younger attorney was once ultimately resulted in a destitute previous guy in Texas who was once named now not William H. Bonney yet William H. Roberts, even supposing Bonney were an alias that he had used. Roberts agreed to bare himself as Billy the child if the attorney could support him receive a pardon so he may die a unfastened guy. you spot, the child used to be nonetheless sought after for homicide so that you could come ahead was once to chance being sentenced and placed to loss of life, yet this was once a hazard that William H. Roberts was once keen to take. He advised his tale just one time, to 1 guy. this is often his tale, now awarded for the 1st time with new photographic proof and examine that helps his declare that he used to be the single real Billy the child of legend.
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That is how the cattle war got started, if you want to know it. Tunstall got mixed up in it through McSween and Murphy’s troubles. McSween had worked for Murphy as his lawyer. ” “The Murphy bunch had come to Lincoln before McSween and Tunstall got there. Murphy and Dolan had been filling government contracts for beef and provisions. McSween was hired by Murphy to prosecute the Chisum cowboys for cattle rustling. McSween found out that Chisum was only taking his own cattle from the Murphy boys, so he quit Murphy and started up with Tunstall, who had come in from England to settle in this country.
By the time I was fourteen I would bar no common horse. I picked a four-year-old black out of the bunch and broke him. He could pace or singlefoot as fast as a common horse could run. ” I told him that I had already broken fourteen horses and would have to go back to the heard to get another. ” He drew a whip from his cow horse and like to have beaten me to death. It taken me about a month to get well. My mother doctored me up, but I didn’t go back to the herd to get another horse. “I left home as soon as I was well enough to travel, which was in May of 1874.
However, after some consideration he decided it was more important to make an attempt to secure the pardon he was promised more than 70 years earlier than it was to remain a fugitive outlaw hiding in the shadows. In the end, after a lifetime of hiding and running from the law, Billy wanted to die a free man. Morrison learned that the Kid’s true name was not William H. Bonney, nor was it William H. Antrim. He had used many aliases over the years but his Christian name was William H. Roberts and he had the family bible to prove it.