Everything you need to know about the true life of Billy the Kid

From a short summary to a detailed biography and even information on his family


~ The one and only authentic photograph of Billy the Kid ~

The tintype was developed incorrectly, giving us this flipped image and false impression that Billy the Kid was left-handed

In legend, Billy the Kid has been described as a vicious and ruthless killer, an outlaw who died at the age of twenty-one, not before raising havoc in the New Mexico Territory. It was said he took the lives of twenty-one men, one for each year of his life, the first one when he was just twelve years old. He was a rebel without a cause who killed without reason. These and many more accusations of callous acts are examples of the myth of Billy the Kid. In real form, the Kid was not the cold-blooded killer he has been portrayed as, but a young man who lived in a violent dog-eat-dog world, where knowing how to use a gun was the difference between life and death. As you read the biography keep in mind that Billy the Kid lived in a very different, lawless, and corrupted time, so don't judge him by today’s morals and laws.


Quickie information:

Billy the Kid at a Glance

For a brief biography:

 Summary on the Life of Billy the Kid


Looking for something more? Below are the chapters of a detailed biography including a few images

 Biography Contents

Part 1
Early Life

 Part 2
  The Lincoln County War

Part 3

Part 4

Past 5
Last Days


 The Antrim Family
Short biographies on Billy the Kid's family
Catherine McCarty-Antrim, Joseph Antrim, & William Antrim


Still looking for more? Here's a comprehensive biography by Marcelle Brothers (that's me)
 for the Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang

About Billy the Kid

Additional Information....


To read the remembrances of Billy the Kid by his friends

In closing, I would like to offering an archive article I wrote titled...

Billy the Kid: How Bad Was He?

I explain why this small scale rustler and gunfighter
became one of the most famous outlaws and a legend in American history
It also clears up some of the misconceptions of his outlaw career