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on April 4, 2005
A fascinating book which offers much to support the claim that Oliver "Brushy Bill" Roberts was indeed Billy the Kid, not killed by Pat Garrett in 1881 but instead living to a ripe old age in Texas. Although there is no "smoking gun" of proof, and never will be, this book is nevertheless compelling. It presents plenty of convincing evidence and answers some long-unanswered questions about the Kid, such as the origin of his mysterious, most well-known alias, "Bonney."

I am not yet 100% convinced, but I was still VERY impressed by this book. When I first heard of Roberts, I immediately dismissed him as a ridiculous crackpot. Now I'm not so sure...

There is one part of Roberts' story which I find extremely hard to swallow, and that is the events which took place on the night of his "death." After Garrett killed his partner, Roberts claims, he engaged in a shoot-out with Garrett and his deputies. I find this absurd. Garrett trying to pass off this guy's corpse as that of the Kid is one thing, but trying to explain a lengthy gun battle (which surely the whole town would have noticed) is another difficulty entirely. I would certainly have liked to hear the author's explanation for this.

Regardless, this is still a most impressive book. Open-minded Billy the Kid fans will surely enjoy it.
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