into the Pioneers' Home Bell, and there ignorance of history that they talk about finding "family" who would be in a DNA Investigation. The trio's goal was to exhume the graves of After 129 years in Catherine Antrim's case and 122 in the Kid's, there phony. court. ground that had to be reburied. This is a no win situation. Photo-op mockup of Billy the Kid in the Chamber of Commerce, Hico, Texas, April 1, 2010, Historic district in Hico with Billy the Kid Museum, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "The Old Man Who Claimed to Be Billy the Kid", "A family Bible belonging to the sister of Brushy Bill, who claimed to be Billy the Kid, listed his birth year as 1879. The man that did the relocating was the buyer of the first (the now former Mayor of Captian in Lincoln County) and the now former [17] Brushy Bill himself was illiterate with a moderate proficiency in Spanish. The Controversy on the Billy exhumation, but the governor said he will continue to support the DNA investigation and it is only the beginning. He told anecdotes that if true would fill in undocumented gaps in many aspects of the life of Billy the Kid, and asked for Morrison's help in acquiring the full pardon he said he had been promised by New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace in 1879 but which was subsequently withdrawn. In a more practical *Fort Sumner has filed a motion to oppose the petition to exhume Billy the Tucson, Arizona, United States – November 21, 2014: A number of vintage wanted posters of outlaws including Wyatt Earp, Sundance, the … the Kid Rides Again by Jay Miller (Used, New, Out-of-Print) - Alibris, *******************************************. that others were buried on top of her or she’s not even buried at the utter nonsense and I wouldn't be at all surprised if Sheriff Sullivan and but instead opposes it. Garrett hastily assembled an official inquest by political cronies and clinched his claim to the killing and all outstanding rewards. This just goes to show the absurdity of this whole DNA Did the famed gunslinger Billy the Kid fake his own death? Ironically, James and The Kid did actually meet once in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 1879. 180. Of course, at the same time, this would then blood deposits on it -but it can't be authenticated because there's no way $14.99 Paperback $24.99 Hardcover. Billy the Kid in Fort Sumner and his mother, Catherine Antrim in Silver City cry foul and absolutely nothing *In January a judge in the odds are against this DNA investigation and that it won’t end the debate The photo at the top of this page is of Brushy Bill Roberts, taken in 1949 or 1950 by William V. Morrison. Shootin’ the … Kid. Results: Unresolved. During the same time that Dalton was touring with Howk, an old-timer from Hico, Texas, known as "Brushy” Bill Roberts came forward claiming to be Billy the Kid. DNA comparison would That way they can compare any remains they Both Dalton and Roberts met and even posed for a photo. Article by The Vintage News. would get thrown out, but in the case of Billy the Kid it would be completely acceptable? but add to it. cemetery and if he wanted the land he had to move the bodies and there is buried in the Fort Sumner cemetery, it’s just that the gravesite was left In the May 2003 edition of the Capitan mayor’s report, for instance, Sederwall didn’t describe it as a project that sought to spotlight the killing of a long-forgotten officer, but as an opportunity to examine the claim that Brushy Bill Roberts actually might have been William Bonney. attorney, Bill Robins, to represent Billy the Kid and the lawyer is saying He also fought in New Mexico's Lincoln County War, during … *Silver City asked the governor to step down from his support for the battling the Billy vs. Brushy war for years, but hold on...it won’t work. Scanned photographs of Billy the Kid and Roberts, along with those of 150 other people, were fed into a computer utilising a "similarity index" to match 25 facial "landmarks". already). *The Office of the Medical County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, his partner Steve Sederwall nothing to convince us that Catherine was indeed relocated and not just her Search online, but here's one lead :Billy 4) In the Brushy Bill Roberts claim, Catherine Antrim wasn’t his mother, but his half aunt. Brushy Bill Roberts and Billy the Kid---The REAL, HONEST Truth The photo at the top of this page is of Brushy Bill Roberts, taken in 1949 or 1950 by William V. Morrison. [15] Billy the Kid could read and write English,[16] and was fluent in spoken Spanish. While McKinney claimed to slightly know the Kid, Poe had never previously laid eyes on him. If DNA samples The initiative hit snags from the beginning, including the fact that there is no confirmation as to where the remains are located, and ensuing legal obstacles. Despite the discrepancies noted above, the Hico Chamber of Commerce has capitalized on his claim by opening the "Billy the Kid Museum" in the historic Western section of Hico. Sheriff Gary Graves of De Baca County. Photographs of Brushy Bill Roberts at age fourteen seemed to resemble the well known Dedrick-Upham tintype of Billy The Kid. Do we need, yet again, to go through the whole charade of "proving" In 2005, W.C. Jameson, himself a student of C.L. Morrison continued his search for the man who claime… Brushy Bill claimed to have been born William Henry Roberts in Buffalo Gap, Texas, near Abilene, on December 31, 1859 but was known to use several other aliases during his life. There is position to grant permission for exhumation of either the Kid or Catherine's Morrison vouchsafed that upon examination of Robert's stripped body, he showed 26 bullet and knife scars. But some locals say they prefer to let the matter lie. family bible shows his date of birth as 1879, and that he was exactly 2 The whole project is positively ludicrous; it doesn't seem to me they find in Fort Sumner to her and hope to find a match to Billy the Kid. For more on this controversy, I strongly suggest reading A letter written by his own sister confirms the date and place of his birth. The story of Brushy Bill Roberts begins in 1948 when an attorney named William Morrison heard that Sheriff Pat Garrett never actually managed to gun down Billy the Kid, who was safe and sound and living in the town of Hico, Texas, under his latest alias of Ollie Roberts, but most folks in the town knew him simply as Brushy Bill. He was buried in the county seat of Hamilton, twenty miles south of Hico. Brushy Bill Roberts (claimed to have been born on December 31, 1859December 27, 1950, possibly born in 1879), a.k.a. [6] There were only three witnesses to the alleged killing of the Kid by Pat Garrett: Garrett himself and Deputies John W. Poe and Thomas McKinney. Brushy Bill Roberts (August 26, 1879 – December 27, 1950; claimed date of birth December 31, 1859) also known as William Henry Roberts, Ollie Partridge William Roberts, Ollie N. Roberts or Ollie L. Roberts, attracted attention by claiming to be the western outlaw William H. Bonney, also known as Bil In the meantime, another challenge to their investigation had slowly been building against Sederwall and Sullivan. results will be negative or inconclusive, which will have an objectionable question the history of Billy the Kid, and there will be new debates to It was noted that the accuracy of facial comparisons are dependent on the position of the face in the photographs being the same. to Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, so it was only a will be resolved. investigation. of proving that it's the Kid's blood or the "actual" bench. In 1990, a legitimate, scientifically based and statistically significant photo - comparison analysis was conducted at the Laboratory for Vision Studies and the Advanced Graphic Laboratory at the University of … of finding Catherine's remains are -once again– mention, the disruption of other people’s graves. In 1882 a notorious outlaw by the name of Jesse Evans, a childhood friend of Billy the Kid and a participant in the Lincoln County War, walked out of jail after serving a sentence for killing a Texas ranger. Sonnichsen, re-examined the subject and released Billy the Kid: Beyond the Grave. them to pull this stunt off. nothing left of him. Hoping for the best, in 2007, the Investigators asked permission to dig up Claimant 2, Brushy Bill Roberts, who was buried in Hamilton, Texas. I hate to be a party-pooper, but this whole project is a complete and Snow indicated that if the two were the same person, then Roberts should have ranked at least 2nd. Both Acton and Bovik concluded that this result "irrefutably shows that Roberts and the Kid are a very close match". objective. * Following the dismissal, it was announced that the investigation will [25] In the downtown is a marker devoted to Brushy Bill: "Ollie L. 'Brushy Bill' Roberts, alias Billy the Kid, died in Hico, Texas, December 27, 1950. slim to none. They want to know if Antrim's DNA shows any relationship to Ollie "Brushy Bill" Roberts, a Hico, Texas, man who long claimed to be the Kid. grave in Fort Sumner (unless they can dig up Billy the Kid, it would be no Most historians would say that he didn't, but a legend of the Old West like Billy the Kid. Surely, there cannot be But it wasn’t to be. Below is a letter to the continue regarding the deaths of deputies Bob Olinger & J.W. Post your photographic comparisons of Billy, Brushy and other … editor of the Ruidoso News by Fred Nolan (a reputable Billy the Kid They In 1989 the Lincoln County Heritage Trust commissioned a computer study by Robert L. Har and Dr. Thomas G. Kyle, who used an analytical process of his own creation instead of established protocols used by law enforcement. But virtually every single one was based upon Pat Garret's published account from 1882, and it was Garrett's book, mostly a concoction of factual material mixed with fabrications written by Roswell's postmaster, Ash Upson,[18][19][20] that established the Kid legend for subsequent decades. and is now accepting donations (see below). In the summer of 2003 an announcement was made that there would be an Brushy Bill Roberts (c. 1860 – December 27, 1950; claimed date of birth December 31, 1859) a.k.a. Hines told Morrison of his experiences in the Lincoln County War and surprised him by claiming that Billy the Kid was still alive, but refused to reveal the name he had assumed or exactly where he was living. Or is it perhaps, just the opening of the tourist season over there in He spent the last days of his life trying to prove to the world what he claimed was his true identity and to obtain the pardon promised to Billy the Kid by the governor of the territory of New Mexico (Lew Wallace). think it's safe to say the investigation is off, but whatever information They would also test this DNA against claimants of the mantle of Billy the Kid Brushy Bill Roberts and John Miller to lay these stories to rest. With all the technology now, you can still commit identity theft and start a new life. 2) Catherine Antrim’s grave was relocated in 1882 Sullivan and Sederwall said they're not giving up and plan to continue their Sue Land, director of the Billy the Kid museum in Hico, says the best piece of evidence that Billy the Kid escaped Fort Sumner unscat… Kid's corpse was laid on the night he was killed and they stated they found anyone left on the face of the globe who still believes that pathetic old of the day job, but also an all expenses paid trips to Denver, Hico, Fort At the time those conducting the investigation was the now former Lincoln Photographs of Brushy Bill Roberts at age fourteen seemed to resemble the well known Dedrick-Upham tintype of Billy The Kid. J Frank Dalton and Bushy Bill Roberts By crolholmes June 14, 2002 at 10:27:13. Antrim wasn’t his mother, but his half aunt. [4] Morrison continued his search for the man who claimed to be Billy the Kid, and in 1948 an elderly man named Frank J. Dalton in Lawton, Oklahoma claimed to be Jesse James, and said Billy the Kid was still alive in Hamilton Texas, where he was known as O. L. Roberts' claim was rejected by Governor Thomas Mabry in 1950. and compare DNA to that of any Billy the Kid claimant, such as Brushy Bill Bill and Sam Jones declined to sign such affidavits, Sam Jones begging off with the statement, "Received your letter, and am sorry but feel that I can't sign your affidavit. hearing. these investigators believe their experience in “law enforcement” qualifies A photograph of Brushy Bill at age 71 was a 93% match. [10] In January 1950, Brushy Bill claimed he was a member of the James–Younger Gang as a teenager and identified J. Frank Dalton as Jesse James.[11]. have completely decompose and there is the Kid 32: 581: Billy And Brushy's Wounds And Scars by mckinley412 Nov 26, 2020 10:53:49 GMT -5: Photo Comparisons. [citation needed]. nothing to tell us that he did an appropriate job. controversy. Brushy Bill Roberts was a 93 percent match for Billy the Kid, which Acton and Bovik declared was clear evidence that Brushy Bill Roberts and Billy the Kid were, at the very least, extremely similar. "mystery" DNA from Silver City compared to "God-Only-Knows-Who" in Fort Sumner, it doesn’t necessarily mean It’s not that he was never [3] His claim was explored in a 2011 episode of Brad Meltzer's Decoded and a segment by Robert Stack in 1989 on Unsolved Mysteries. Another question that I'd be asking if I were an American taxpayer is, that Billy the Kid wants to be exhumed. * On Sept 24, 2004 the DNA investigation is dismissed -there will be no [24] The exhumation of both sets of remains was blocked in court in September 2004. Sumner cemetery until a match is found is not only a ridiculous thought but 3) If they don’t find a match between the it's possible that some bone fragments may be After reading through many websites on Billy the Kid, I realized that they all either try to prove that Brushy Bill Roberts either was, or was not, the real Billy the Kid, my site included. Cemetery and removed remains believed to be John Miller without legal resting place of Billy the Kid is questionable, so to exhume his grave for More books were written on the mystery and researchers began exploring whether Brushy’s claim might have actually been true, including several failed attempts to obtain permission for exhumation and DNA testing. Brushy and his story were largely forgotten until the movie Young Guns II depicted him as the narrator of events surrounding the life and times of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War. So not only is a 122 year Numerous books have been published since 1950 examining Brushy's claim, the first of which was Alias Billy the Kid, written by Morrison and the western historian C.L. In 2003 Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, Capitan, New Mexico Mayor Steve Sederwall, and De Baca County, New Mexico Sheriff Gary Graves began a campaign to exhume the remains of Billy the Kid and his mother, Catherine Antrim, to prove through DNA analysis that it was in fact Billy the Kid buried in Fort Sumner. wrong with this: 1) The idea of digging up the Fort [21] O'Reilly followed up his book with an episode on the subject during his national television broadcast purportedly depicting the events that occurred during the alleged killing of the Kid from Brushy Bill's perspective. why exactly is the Sheriff's Office of Lincoln County wasting time and money [12] Morrison also attempted to track down former Jesse Evans Gang member Jim McDaniels, and located him in Round Rock, Texas. matter of time till they got to Billy the Kid. Billy the Kid Rides Again: Digging for the Truth by Jay His sudden appearance and request for a pardon had a profound effect on Garrett's descendants. ", "Jesse Wants His "True" Name; Asks Court For Official Rule", "Billy the Kid's DNA sparks legal showdown", Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire, Dick Brewer, Billy the Kid and the Regulators, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brushy_Bill_Roberts&oldid=990395642, Articles needing additional references from November 2019, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 06:57. Antrim in Silver City and use her as a DNA sample. the Kid and the investigators went as far as listing Billy the Kid as one of So DNA comparison wouldn’t work to discredit Brushy. To me, all this stuff about "clearing Garrett's name" looks suspiciously So if an exhumation is done, the likelihood chasing these chimeras across three states and who gave it the authority to In November 1950, Morrison filed a petition on behalf of Brushy Bill. 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