Billy the Kid Dies

One of the most notorious outlaws in history, Billy the Kid, was shot to death on July 14, 1881 in Fort Summer, New Mexico.

William Henry McCarty Jr. was born in New York City on November 23, 1859. It is rumored that he killed his first man in 1877 at the age of 17, and that in his lifetime he had murdered 21 – one man for every year that he was alive.

The law caught up with Billy the Kid in 1880 when he was arrested for killing a sheriff and sentenced to be hanged. By 1881 however, he had escaped from prison, eluding law enforcement and killing two guards in his path. Billy the Kid was tracked down and shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico.

Sources: History, Biography

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