Never mind Billy. Who shot Pat?
A petition filed recently in state District Court requesting that New Mexico issue a death certificate for outlaw Billy the Kid is the latest effort to “prove” something no genuine historian disputes – that Pat Garrett shot the Kid dead in July 1881 in Fort Sumner, N.M.
Fact is, there’s a more legitimate controversy about who killed Garrett, shooting him twice in the back on Feb. 29, 1908, a few miles east of Las Cruces.
“There is a lot more value in discovering who killed Pat Garrett,” said New Mexico author Don Bullis, who has written nine books about New Mexico history. “I don’t think there is a real serious question that Billy was killed by Pat Garrett. We’ve been arguing about it since 1881, and I just don’t see the point.”
The point is Billy himself and that a lot of people just don’t like the ending events dictated for him.