Did Pat Garrett kill Billy the Kid?
It was a moonlit night in Ft. Sumner, NM when history tells us that Sheriff Pat Garrett shot down the notorious outlaw Billy “the Kid”.
Newspapers across the country quickly reported that the Kid was dead and Garrett quickly put the body in the ground. But rumors spread that the Kid had survived and the testimony of Garrett’s posse was contradictory about how, exactly, the shooting had gone down. Nevertheless, without evidence, the story of the heroic Sheriff stood for almost 70 years. Then, in 1950, an old man from Hico, TX petitioned the governor of New Mexico for a pardon for crimes he committed as Billy the Kid. No one took him seriously, and yet the old man was an exact match in physical characteristics and knew intimate details about the Kid’s life. He also knew details about the fateful shooting the night Garrett claimed to have shot him that had been erased by history. Details, for example, that Garrett had killed his very drunk bearded half-Mexican partner, a claim that has only recently been verified by modern research.
It has been said that the living write history and not the dead, but when one returns from the dead, so to speak, that which was lost to history is restored. This is the true story of Billy the Kid, complete with new evidence that he lived to a ripe old age and died a free man.
In 1882 the notorious outlaw Jesse Evans, a childhood friend of Billy the Kid and a participant in the Lincoln County War, walked out of jail after serving a sentence for killing a Texas ranger. Jesse walked out of prison a free man and disappeared, never to be heard from again. Never, that is, until 1949 when Jesse came out of hiding after almost 60 years to claim an inheritance left to him by his brother.
In the course of proving his identity to a court, Jesse told some amazing stories of his time when he was an outlaw but his biggest revelation of all was that his good friend Billy the Kid was still alive. Jesse led a young lawyer named William Morrison to an old man named not William H. Bonney but William H. Roberts who after some consideration finally agreed to come forward and reveal himself as Billy the Kid. He agreed to this on one condition- that the lawyer helps him obtain the pardon he was promised by the Governor but never received so he could die a free man. You see, Billy the Kid was still wanted for murder and was condemned to hang. To reveal himself was to risk arrest and death. This was a risk that William H. Roberts was willing to take. He sat down with Mr. Morrison and told his story.
This book contains that story. It is the one true autobiography of Billy the Kid. A story that aside from some definite highlights and adventures that one would expect from the Kid, was remarkable normal and focused on his skill breaking horses as much or as more as his skill as a gunslinger. Billy the Kid was, in fact, just a gifted young cowhand who found himself juxtaposed against corrupt officials and lawmen at what became a key moment in American History.
Before one dismisses Mr. Roberts it should be considered that 5 living acquaintances of Billy the Kid, aside from Mr. Evans who revealed him, were willing to sign legal affidavits that Mr. Roberts was the man they knew as Billy the Kid. Further, the new photographic comparison shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were the same man. Mr. Roberts’ story became the inspiration for the opening scene in the hit movie “Young Guns II” starring Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid. Also, Consider that Pat Garrett was denied his reward for killing the kid for many months and that only a special act of the legislature allowed him to finally receive it. All of this and more is contained in this book. Thanks to Mr. Morrison each of us can now pull up a chair, sit down across from Billy the Kid, and listen as he shares his story.
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Love it, first!!
My first time lol
It is a nice place to be! Who doesn’t want to be the first to listen to Wes and his show? ????
What does this have to do with Sasquatches????
The Sasquatch saw the whole thing!
????????????!!! Boy was this show good, this episode reminded me Wes is a great host all around, not just bigfoot episodes.
Good one Lisa B!!
Good and interesting show Wes.. ????????
This is not a sasquatch blog, its just a blog. Addressed this with Wes he never addressed policing this blog which was my request, it doesn’t matter what his followers think Wes should do. Its Wes’s channel to do things HIS way whether we agree or not, we should all respect that.
My request everyone relax, have faith, respect each other. All the corruption will end and be put to sleep permanently, most likely by Feb 19. Support each other. We will need to support each other, I do believe things are going to get exposed and very many people in shock for what is about to happen. We are all Americans, love and help each other, which ever side your on doesn’t matter. We all want truth, trust and equality. God Bless you all.
Terry W W
Just in time, I heard that a “Young guns 3″movie is coming out. It will be interesting. I think there were only three made it out from the YG2; Billy, Josiah (Kiefer S.), and Chavez.
William H. Bonny was an interesting character.
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The earth is flat
Sounds like some qool-aide. Hard pass.
Man cannot live on squatch alone…
Good for you, Trey!! Congrats!!
Freaking following Wes wherever he goes to do his thang. No offense Tony.
Hey Michelle! We’re just a bunch of Wes’ groupies❣Lol
I’m with you Michelle, follow him anywhere, except the bathroom. Lol
I like when Wes talks about other subjects. His guest are always interesting.
Why did you guys have to put it up at the same time? Who am I suppose to listen to first?
Hows you doin Todd?
Tony, you are it!
Whats the odds that Billy would have stopped his crime spree to live until 1915
Old age wanting to settle down and live without people knowing what he’d done in the old west times?
Or or he stopped getting identified or recognized ie laying low , staying under the radar .
It was much more simple.back then without Interpol and what not … just a thought
Right Clifford, if he’s dead no one is going to be pointing their finger his way…
Great show! Just ordered the book.
Woop! Woop! It’s Sunday! Here we go with Wes and Tony! This is going to be great!
Wait…what? Is this Tony’s and Wes isn’t out yet?! ????
Love is more powerful than fear!
I Enjoy it
Thank you Wes and Tony.
Tennessee and Texas always together! Remember the Alamo!
Yippie! Hey Hey Hey – Billy the Kid!
*tips hat back, props up boots and sets pistol on table*
Now we’re ready to listen, lol. ????
Denise, just don’t let your spurs gouge the table! **WinK**
Take you boots off at the door, Miss Denise!! Lol
He was buried in Hico Texas
Fascinating interview! I just bought the book! Excellent work Wes!
Enjoyed! The history!
Chiefs and bucs, billy an ufos, it’s been a hell of night. It’s 4th of July here in KC.
Whas up Whizbang?
Woop! Woop! Waylon Jennings! Great choice Wes!
Who’da thunk it?! We had “Fake News” back in the 1880s!
Let Freedom Ring!
God Bless America!
Whoop! Wood! Lisa B. I think I’m falling for you.
Chiefs and bucs, billy an ufos, it’s been a heck of night. It’s 4th of July here in KC.
Here we go! Thanks Wes!!!!
Usually I don’t care for your ‘Going off the rez’ episodes.
However this episode was outstanding.
If you care to do so again with the same quality guests and historically insightful information it will only add to the pleasure of being a dyed in the wool SC subscriber.
Great song at the end,Waylon Jennings Kris Kristofferson Willie Nelson Johnny Cash I could listen to this song over and over again. I wish it was longer.
Wes – I get the feeling you are over the Sasquatch thing. I
I’d get burned out too I guess . He eats and sleeps more Bigfoot that tbe 4 horseman of Sasquatchery combined.
He actually knows more than every anthropologist, cryptozoologist , self proclaimed researcher that ever was . Wes should’ve gotten the animal planet offer to produce instead MM.
I wouldn’t hold it against him if one day he snapped and named the show “Not Sasquatch Chronicles “. I’d still listen too as long as it was him. This show has inadvertently turned me from a s Bigfoot head to a Wes Germer fan . If I had a billion I’d finance Wes with whatever show he wanted to produce .
He is a really kind soul you know .
Well said Clifford…I concur❣????
Thanks Josephine ????
I’m not sure that would ever happen. I’ve wrong aplenty though!
As an additional story that Wes finds interesting and thinks we may enjoy it too, it’s win-win. Enjoy it, maybe learn a bit or watch an older sasquatch story. Thanks, Wes.
Great episode! I don’t mind when you stray from sasquatch from time to time. Keeps things interesting. Just subbed to Confeaaionals and the trucker podcast too.
This was an awesome show! Can’t wait to read the book!
Great show Wes, thanks!
I very much enjoyed the show. Does anyone else think the foto of Billy the Kid resembles John Cusack?
Incredible. Fascinating story.
I can listen to western history all day, Great pod cast,,,,
That was a great episode. Bravo definitely going to get the book
That was a great episode. Bravo definitely going to get the book.
Wes—- I so enjoyed this episode!!!! VERY interesting!!!! ????????????????????????????????????????
GREAT INTERVIEW. ENJOYED IT.
This was an awesome and fascinating show.
Wes, this interview was quite enjoyable, and will always be one of my favorites. Thanks.
Great show, The hour went by so fast. So very interesting. Have to look into getting the book. Thank for the great show Wes.
Great show…lots of good and interesting stuff there. Funny thing…my friend’s neighbor is now also my friend. This neighbor told us last year that he grew up in Hamilton, TX which is the next town over from Hico. He said that everyone in that area didn’t believe Bushy Bill was really the Kid. In fact, they claimed he never left the county his whole life up until the time he was interviewed by the reporter and went to NY to go on TV. I will get this book and let him read it…I’m looking forward to his reaction.
Fascinating show, Wes! I love western history & learned more about Billy The Kid from this show than I ever knew before. I like that you do this once in a while, a break from the hairy man. You’re the best host & interviewer in the podcast world IMO.
Huge Billy The Kid fan! Loved it! Even with out the creatures.
Pastor Bob Joyce is Elvis.
what a great story, thanks Wes!
Doesn’t matter what you put on your show Wes, it’s always a great story. Keep up the good work, all who are loyal and chase the rabbit whole, appreciate it. Thanks for all you do.
That picture of the kid is deep. It’s an amazing photograph. I caught myself looking at his eyes for like 10 minutes. Was he really a south paw?
Great show Wes! Going to have to get that book now!!
Wes says ur noses r cold
“Wes, I’ll make ya famous.”
Whip-cha WE RIDE!
Billy could have used a few minutes in Doc Holiday’s dentist chair. ???? ????
Hi Wes! Is there any way to listen to this episode without subscribing to the Confessionals? I’ve tried, but it doesn’t seem to work.
Thank you for your help!
MY FAVORITE PODCAST HAS BEEN HIJACKED. Ugh and then some. I love documentaries and learning about different things. But that’s not what I come here for. Tony Merkel bugs me to no end. (insert game show loser sound)
Ok, found the episode on TuneIn radio. What an excellent show!! Now that is a passionate researcher. Great interview, Wes! I love history, and especially history of the West. I’ll definitely be purchasing his book as a chance to learn more about Billy the Kid.
Thank you for giving this to us and doing this *switch*!
Great show Wes! I will have to buy this book. I am related to Jesse James and my grandpa would tell the story that when things got too hot for Jesse, he would head north posing as a cattle buyer named Mr. Howard. He was known to stop off at my great-grandfathers farm in Illinois when he was laying low and posing as Mr. Howard.
Thanks Wes. Loved the show
BIlly the Kid robbed the banksters who were the biggest robbers of all and still are. Thats why he was a hero – everyone was a victim of the banks.
Wow. Wes, what a great episode. You must love a good mystery. Im definitely buying the book. We played Jesse James and Billy the Kid, shooting each other with our dimestore western guns, and running through the woods on our make believe horses, ofcourse I was Belle Starr. Lol
How cool. Cool that he lived into the 50s.
Gee Bigdude, that’s a very mean thing to say here. You know he’s a friend of Wes’ right? I was taught if you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all. Did you listen to the episode? I did, until I didn’t, and it didn’t have anything to do with Tony.
I’m not a fan of going away from the sasquatch topic, but this was awesome. I listened to it twice! Young guns is an all time favourite, but I have never delved into the mystery surrounding Brushy Bill, till now.
Thanks Wes, brilliant episode!
:: great job Wes! Honestly, I’ve never been too fascinated with Billy The Kid enough to dig into his story other than what little info they gloss over in school. But this kept my attention and I actually was super impressed. Another show well done!
I can see it now….The Old West Chronicles with Wes Germer….yup, I can see it now…
Congrats Wes, you finally were able to do this for a show! Must have felt great for you, eh? And you knocked it outta the park, as usual. Thanks
Hope all of you youts, not a accidental misspelling, have a super fun yet safe weekend.
Miss Kendall S
That was Awesome ????????????????
The movie is good (my husband’s favorite) but annoying me because of that laugh Emilio portrays as Billy’s. It’s “aha, hah, hah…” annoying. I love the story line though, and we’ve often talked about Billy the Kid.. I wish you (Wes) might have also placed the old man’s picture up next to the kids (above) so we geeky types could sit and analyze them together.
Good job Mr. Germet !!!
The BEST episode of The Confessionals EVER!
I NEVER write anything… Bit I was SUPER excited about this particular show even though its not bigfoot related because I love OLD WEST Mysteries.. and I literally bought this book this guy wrote this past summer after during research…
I was blown away to find out Billy lived… I usually attack a subject different.. most people force you to “prove it” I typically attack the official narrative… and sure enough THERE IS NO EVIDENCE Billy was killed… its literally like he said, Billy the Kid was killed because a corrupt Sheriff said so and wanted to make money selling a book…
Like you said you poured your heart and soul in this show I LOVED IT and wanted you to know.. I own this book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT Daniel Edwards LITERALLY solved the mystery..Billy the Kid lived BUY THE BOOK absolutely amazing story..
THANK YOU WES…. FANTASTIC SHOW the evidence was absolutely stunning heavy and complete…
Fascinating story, I always wondered what the Truth behind his story, thanks bro. Another hero defamed by the talenless elite, hey thanks to guys like you, light will always shine. Yee haa!
Incredible show. Very well done.
Love this episode. Loved this particular subject. I’m a brush bill supporter.
Bring back Conspiracy Corner
I really enjoyed this episode – thank you.
Steve A R
I was not expecting this when I turned on my Sasquatch Chronicles Tonight but I was so pleased! I lived in Arlington Texas for more than 30 years and the rumor was that Billy the kid what is indeed still alive at that time and living there in Texas. So to hear this information made me laugh with excitement that in deed it was a true story after all! Wes, you did a fantastic let me repeat myself, A FANTASTIC JOB!! You are just a natural when it comes to speaking and I’m not just saying that either. Quit putting yourself down because you are a fantastic speaker! I could listen to you alone all day long. I’m sure I’m not speaking just for myself Thank You for a job well done!
Thank you, that was awesome!
By the way Wes, “on the more perplexing subject matter” I think you are on the right track.)
Great Show Wes!!
Thank you for all your hard work Wes. I enjoyed this show so much. You are the greatest ever. I learned a lot. ❤️
This rendition of history is 100% correct Wes. I see the comments are filled with your classic non-independant thinkers who play devils advocate without once looking further into the facts….