Billy the Kid’s Grave – Table of Contents

Billy the Kid’s Grave – A History of the Wild West’s Most Famous Death Marker

1. Killing Billy – “Kid Talked Before He Shot”… 1
      Trial and Escape… 1
      The Hunt… 8
      Why Did Billy Not Leave the Area?… 9
      Who Was Billy’s Girlfriend?… 10
      Killed… 13
      Fateful Choice… 16
      Justifiable Homicide… 18
      Dead or Alive… 18
      Press Response… 20
      “The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid”… 21
      Photos… 23
2. Billy’s Grave – “The Bivouac of the Dead”… 41
      Billy’s Burial… 41
      The Cost of Fame… 42
      Paulita’s Midnight Visit… 44
      The First Tourist… 44
      Fort Sumner Abandoned… 45
      Billy’s Grave Misplaced in Public Imagination… 45
      Cemetery Flooded… 46
      Garrett Revisits Billy’s Grave… 46
      Soldiers Moved from the Cemetery… 48
      Fred E Sutton Visits the Cemetery… 49
      “The Saga of Billy the Kid”… 50
      Fort Sumner in 1926… 50
      Marking Billy’s Grave… 51
      Locating Billy’s Grave… 52
      King Vidor’s BILLY THE KID… 53
      Billy’s Grave Marked… 53
      Fort Sumner in 1937… 55
      Cemetery Sold For Taxes and Plowed… 55
      Billy Gets His Own Marker… 58
      Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell Given a Stone… 59
      Billy’s Marker Stolen… 59
      Lawsuit War to Move Billy to Lincoln… 60
      Fort Sumner Park Created… 63
      Billy’s Marker Returned… 63
      Billy’s Marker Stolen Again… 64
      Is Billy’s Grave in the Right Location?… 65
      Was Billy Really Killed?… 66
      Photos… 69
3. Cemetery Burials… 95
      Military Burials… 96
      Maxwell Family… 97
      Bonney, Bowdre, and O’Folliard… 100
      Abreu Family… 101
      Beaubien Family… 102
      Foor Family… 103
      Garcia Family… 103
      Gonzales Family… 104
      Harris Family… 104
      Jaramillo Family… 105
      Sandoval Family… 105
      Silva Family… 105
      Anaya Family… 106
      Baca Family… 106
      Gallegos Family… 106
      Lobato [Lovato] Family… 106
      Madrid Family… 106
      Mares Family… 107
      Pena Family… 107
      Salguero Family… 107
      Segura Family… 107
      Velasquez Family… 107
      Zamora Family… 107
      Other Burials… 107
      Photos… 110
Appendix A – Charles W Dudrow’s Correspondence… 129
Appendix B – Interview with Sheriff Pat Garrett… 133
Notes… 135
Index… 141

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