National Geographic : 1938 May
Photograph byRichard H.Stewart "BILLY THE KID MUSEUM" SHOWPLACE OF MESILLA WHERE THE SOUTHWEST'S MOST NOTORIOUSOUTLAW WAS SENTENCED TOBE HANGED After his conviction for murdering Sheriff Brady, the Kid, though shackled with handcuffs and leg irons, killed histwo guards and escaped. Ten weeks later hewas trapped and shot. The ruthless but unassuming left-handed desperado, with a final score of 21 killings, had many friends, danced well, and was always cheerful and care free even in danger. Spanish swords, historic documents, pioneer pistols, and flintlock rifles recall New Mexico's turbulent past.