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Billy The Kid Endured A Very Tragic Life

Billy the Kid is one of the most notorious Wild West outlaws, which is especially impressive because he had to fit all his outlawing into just 21 years of life. And also because he never committed most of the crimes we associate with most Wild West bad guys: He never robbed a bank or a train or held up a stagecoach. And despite his bragging, Billy didn't even kill many people.

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    Billy The Kid Endured A Very Tragic Life

    Billy The Kid Endured A Very Tragic Life

    Billy the Kid is one of the most notorious Wild West outlaws, which is especially impressive because he had to fit all his outlawing into just 21 years of life. And also because he never committed most of the crimes we associate with most Wild West bad guys: He never robbed a bank or a train or held up a stagecoach. And despite his bragging, Billy didn't even kill many people.

    The Brutal Death Of Billy The Kid

    The Brutal Death Of Billy The Kid

    Billy the Kid, who went by several different names in the course of his relatively short life, had a reputation. He'd been a loyal soldier in a New Mexico range war, been arrested for petty theft (and escaped), and stolen cattle and horses as needed. He was described as slight, cheerful, funny, charming, and witty. He loved to dance and sing and enjoyed a good joke, while fluent in at least two languages.

    These Wild West Outlaws Were Never Brought To Justice

    These Wild West Outlaws Were Never Brought To Justice

    "A jail is just like a nutshell with a worm in it," John Dillinger once said. "The worm will always get out." Legends of America confirms John Dillinger uttered this just before he "bluffed" his way out of an Indiana jail. The famed gangster finally met his end at the hands of law enforcement outside of a Chicago theater in 1934. But long before that, plenty of bad guys ran around committing crimes and getting away with it — especially in the Old West. In a day when driver's licenses, photography and internet were non-existent, it was relatively easy to do. Even though Allen Pinkerton formed the legendary Pinkerton's Detective Agency in 1850, unsolved robberies and murders remained a problem in the American West.

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