The Autobiography of Billy The kid by Ralph Estes

Everyone knows the saga of Billy the Kid. That story’s been told, in an avalanche of books, songs, movies, TV programs. And yet – no one has given Billy’s side. Until The Autobiography of Billy the Kid. Oh, there have been many claims that it wasn’t Billy whom Pat Garrett shot in Pete Maxwell’s darkened bedroom on July 14, 1881. But in fact it was. Billy just didn’t die then. With the help of loyal friends he played dead, was “buried” long enough for Garrett to leave, nursed back to health, made his way to Wichita, and under the name of Henry Carter became a leading rancher until cancer laid him low. And now: Billy tells his own story. What were his feelings and fears, his pleasures and regrets? What really happened, not the media and the movies’ and Garrett’s exaggerations. Just as Billy, as he lay dying in a care center, told it to a young Ralph Estes in 1951.


  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L7ZHOW

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My thoughts:

A wonderful tale of Billy’s side of the story.  We learn how he felt and what really happened from his point of view.  A really interesting read.  I was amazed at the detail Billy was telling Ralph.  This is a book I will read again and share with my boys.