Born in November 1859 as William H. Bonney, Billy the Kid—as he soon became known—started his criminal career at the age of 12 by stabbing a man in a bar fight. He then moved on to stealing horses, gambling, participating in the Lincoln County War, and even perpetrating mass murder. Billy the Kid's extraordinary exploits were followed in newspapers around the country, and his legend reached epic heights. Pat Garrett, the Sheriff of Lincoln County and the man who killed Billy the Kid, penned this firsthand account of the outlaw's career.
"Every story of consequence about the Kid has been based on ... Garrett's book."—NYTimes