Billy the Kid

Destined for Infamy

 

Dossier

William Henry McCarty, Jr.

Aliases:

Wm Henry Antrim / Kid Antrim

William H. Bonney / Billy the Kid

William Harrison Bonney / Billy Bonney 

William Henry Roberts / Bill Roberts

Oliver Pleasant Roberts/ Ollie Roberts

 

Height: 5’8″ Weight: 160

Hair: Sandy Brown  Eyes: Blue

DoB: November 23, 1859

Died: July 14, 1881

CoD: Killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett

Reincarnated  – July 15, 1881  Assumed a new identity.

There is no solid evidence to support the theory that Billy the Kid faked his death, until now. The photographs in this dossier show an unbroken timeline in the life of the person documented below. While the evidence shows that Billy lived on, it does not appear that Brushy Bill Roberts was Billy the Kid.

Billy’s mother Catherine Bonney arrived in New York City from Devonshire, England in 1846. She married William Henry McCarty in 1859, an immigrant from Ireland. There is little mention of her husband after he arrived in NYC, just that he died there. It was a violent time for Irish labor, unions and mob activity, and of course Southern KGC agents were stirring up riots.

Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Catherine had her first son, William Henry McCarty Jr. later that year in 1859. Her second son Joseph was born in 1863.

Billy's baby photo / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy’s baby photo / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm H McCarty baby photo / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm H McCarty baby photo / RJ Pastore Collection

The actual genealogy on the McCarty clan is still sketchy, but it appears the boys were born in the state of New York. Catherine moved her sons from New York to Indianapolis and then on to Wichita in the early 1870’s.

Young Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Young Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Young Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Young Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy ran with a gang of street kids who passed the days in search of food and mischief.

Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

 

Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

After Catherine met William Antrim, she purchase some land near his place west of Wichita. Billy took to riding his favorite pony and fishing the Cowskin Creek.

Wm H McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm H McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

William Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

William Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wichita was called the Peerless Princess of the Plains and the last civilization before entering Indian country. It became a magnet for gamblers, outlaws and lawmen like Wyatt Earp.

William H. McCarty Jr. / RJ Pastore Collection

William H. McCarty Jr. / RJ Pastore Collection

 

William H. McCarty Jr. / RJ Pastore Collection

William H. McCarty Jr. / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm . Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm . Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy’s life would be shaped by his contact with many famous figures of the wild west. The Youngers, Fords and James Boys had years of outlawry and some were also war vets by the time of the earliest group portrait photograph below.

Wm. Henry McCarty

Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection


Billy McCarty with the Younger;s, Ford brothers, Doc Holiday and more.

Billy McCarty with the Younger;s, Ford brothers, Doc Holiday and more.

Catherine worked as a maid at James & Bess Earp’s Sporting house in Wichita’s brothel district. Catherine became acquainted with many iconic figures like Jesse James and they were rumored to have dated. Jesse gave her the funds to open a commercial laundry that serviced the many brothels in the old Delano Saloon district.

Catherine McCarty

Catherine McCarty / This drawing is her only known image.


A tintype photo William Henry McCarty Jr. with his mother, gives us a rare look at Catherine McCarty. The formal attire no doubt to commemorate Catherine’s marriage to her second husband, William Antrim.

Catherine and Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection (Shown here in reverse to match the other items.)

 

Wichita was the final stop for the Texas cattle drives, which supplied the saloons a steady stream of rowdy cowboys, pockets flush with pay. The saloon district thrived on the ready cash for liquor, saloon gals and gambling.

Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

It is clear to see how Catherine’s health is affected by her battle with TB. She is gaunt and withered compared to the photo above a few years earlier. It appears Billy is wearing the same jacket in both of the photos with his Mom. Billy is wearing a pinkie ring that is also visible in the famous “Regulator” photo.

Billy and Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Catherine became prominent in the community and was a signer of the charter that made Wichita an official City.  Shortly afterwards, they all relocated to New Mexico  due to Catherine’s health issues.

More about Wichita history at: http://jessejamesphotoalbum.com/jesse-james-museum/

Billy The Kid

Wm. H. Bonney / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy would come to manhood among a group of young men who would become some of the most famous figures of the Wild West.

The same group above just a few years later.

The same group above just a few years later.

It appears that Wichita, Kansas was the point of convergence for their affiliation.  This adds a new dimension to the known facts of these gangsters. The fact that Billy the Kid is in all of the group photos from the early years of the 1870’s is an eye opener.

Younger Brothers, Ford's and McCarty's / RJ Pastore Collection

Younger Brothers, Ford’s and McCarty’s / RJ Pastore Collection

In spite of the contact with these KGC warriors turned bank robbers, Billy was not inclined toward criminal activity. The first man he shot was bullying Billy and the death was ruled self defense. He was serving as a Regulation on the Tunstil ranch defending against cattle rustlers. After his employers murder, he was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the perpetrator. But the corrupt politics of the territory took sides with the perps, branding Billy a bad guy.

Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

William H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

William H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

William H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

William H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy was considered the kid of the outfit, even though his taller brother Josey was a few years younger. They both have the familiar bulges of guns hidden under their jackets.

Josey and Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Josey and Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy the Kid and his brother Josey look like they just came in to town, off the open range. Dressed in their cowboy best to get their photo taken before a night out to paint the town red.

Billy and Josey McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy and Josey McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy had a fondness for pretty ladies, liquor and good times.  Josey had the same vices, but was more consumed with gambling and whiskey.

It was only one year prior to Jesse James’ death ruse, that Billy pulled off his hoax. Billy was one of Lucien B. Maxwell’s principle Regulators. Billy was romantically involved with Lucien’s daughter, Maria Paulita Maxwell.

The evidence supports the case that the parties at the scene of the killing were involved in a coverup. The homeowner was heir to the Maxwell empire and had the means to arrange the fake execution. The motive, was to assist Billy circumvent the Governor’s betrayal for a pardon. And the opportunity came in the form of a corpse, whoever the real victim may have been. Presumably, the grim task of procuring a suitable corpse fell upon Sheriff Garrett.

Wm. H. Bonney

Billy was best friends and a fellow Regulator with Pat Garrett, both working for Maxwell. The killing was staged in Lucien’s brother Pete’s home, inside their fort compound. And most obvious flaw of the ruse was the fact that Garrett never produced the body for the coroner. So there was no autopsy or  inquest, there was only a small closed ceremony and swift burial.

As a Deputy US Marshall, these are no small details to be over-looked, and ignored by the authorities all the way up to the Governor. They even paid Pat Garrett the $500.00 reward, in spite of the lack of proof that he had killed Billy.

Wm H. Bonney / RJ Pastore Collection

Maxwell owned 1.7 million acres of land covered in grazing cattle. Even by today’s standards he was considered third richest man in America.

Front Row: Wm. H. Bonney, Lucien B. Maxwell, Dan Dedrick Back: Pat Garrett, James Ellsworth Lay / RJ Pastore Collection

With that kind of clout it would have been easy to orchestrate a death ruse for Billy in remote New Mexico. The men surrounding Mr. Maxwell are all wearing a lapel medallion for a masonic group called the Royal Order of the Palm Tree. The origins and meaning of Masonic are steeped in secrecy and rarely understood.

The Palmetto Guard was the name for the very first CSA forces of the South. It was also the force that fired on Fort Sumter, starting the Civil War between the States on April 12, 1861. The Palm tree became know as a symbol of defiance.

Royal Order of the Palm Tree Masonic Insignia

Royal Order of the Palm Tree Masonic Insignia

 

The popular legend of Pat Garrett portrays a stark divide between outlaws and lawmen. But the historical facts show that there was quite a close association between them in the western territory. Big Dick Brewer worked as a Regulator, side by side with Billy the Kid and others. Here we see Sheriff Brady and Deputy Brewer not long before their deaths in the line of duty.

Sheriff Brady (left) Sheriff Garrett (right) Deputy Brewer (rear) / RJ Pastore Collection

Sheriff Brady (left) Sheriff Garrett (right) Deputy Brewer (rear) / RJ Pastore Collection

The next photo is a striking group portrait with William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid. As the movie “Young Guns” portrayed, Billy faked his death and took on a new identity as William Henry Roberts.  Whatever Billy had to do with Sheriff Brady’s demise, it doesn’t seem to have affected his friendship with Pat Garrett. Considering some of the powerful people and the politics of the time there must be more to the story.

William H. Roberts Alias, Billy the Kid / RJ Pastore Collection

The group of ten men are all in similar suits and bowler hats, resembling Pinkerton Detectives. They are wearing fraternal ribbon badges on their jackets and a holding walking sticks. Billy and his fellow regulators from the Lucien Maxwell photo above are all present in this photo, along with several other noteworthy historical figures. Butch Cassidy and Sundance are sitting with most the Wild Bunch gang members. Most notably, Pat Garrett sits to the left of Billy the Kid, many years after allegedly killing Billy.

Maxwell's Regulators

Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Butch Cassidy, Sundance and the Wild Bunch / July, 1899 Folsom, New Mexico / RJ Pastore Collection

The brotherhood is seated at the foot of the extinct Capulin volcano a few miles from Folsom, NM. The town was a safe haven for outlaws and lawmen who came to work as Regulators (private policemen) for the wealthy land and cattle barons of the territory. Folsom was home to 800 people at the time and had a railroad stop. Black Jack Ketchum couldn’t resist robbing the train and was captured hiding out in a volcanic lava vent. He was held prisoner in the Folsom Hotel, which still stands as a historic site today. The Folsom Museum has a large collection of artifacts going back 10,000 years when the Natives followed the Bison, which grew to eight feet tall. As to Black Jack, in 1901 he was convicted and sentenced to hang. All of which is documented in photos at the museum.

The group photo opens the floor for more research and discussion about the role of Pat Garrett in the Billy the Kid saga. To quote Samuel Clemens, “Rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated.”

Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid were close friends. Billy and Pat worked for the wealthiest man in the territory. Billy was romantically involved with Maxwell’s daughter. The death ruse was staged in Lucien Maxwell’s brother Pete’s home. The body was not turned over to the coroner, and buried in a hasty grave. Pat Garrett was publicly ridiculed in the press for having perpetrated a fraud in faking Billy’s death. Pat never outgrew the stigma of his ruined public image. The evidence weighs heavily toward a conspiracy to execute a ruse that gave Billy a new life. And the group photo above proves Billy and Pat had a long and close friendship far beyond his supposed death. Who then pray-tell, went to an early grave in Billy’s place?

 

A stunningly clear photo of Billy the Kid in formal attire, holding a bouquet of flowers. The hand is holding the lapel symbolizes KGC membership and to show he’s wearing a shoulder holster weapon. The thinning hairline and drooping earlobes show it was taken long after his alleged death in 1881.

Wm. Henry McCarty

Wm H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

 

Billy study 6

The following collage features the various images offered up as William Henry McCarty. It’s obvious that he had more than one photo taken in his lifetime.  It is also irrefutable that Billy faked his death based on the photos he left in evidence.

The most prized photo of Billy the Kid is referred to as the Regulator image. This item was sold at auction in 2012 to Wichita native, Bill Koch. The former America’s Cup winner bid a healthy $2.3 million to ensure this rare artifact stayed inside the USA.

William Henry McCarty William I. Koch Collection

William Henry McCarty
William I. Koch Collection Beaver Smith’s Saloon, Fort Sumner, NM Circa 1880 – Photographer Unknown

Provenance of the above photo: [When Billy was locked up in the Fort Sumner calaboose after his capture at Arroyo Tivan, Deluvina went to visit him. It was a cold winter’s day and, as the little jail was unheated, Deluvina came home and got a heavy scarf she had knitted and took it to her hero. In return for this kindness, the Kid gave her his only photograph, which he had carried around in his pocket. He would have given Deluvina nothing she would have prized more.

“My mother kept the picture in a cedar chest for years, and finally my sister, Odila, gave it to John Legg, a Forth Sumner saloon keeper and friend of the family. Legg was shot and killed and Charlie Foor, an executor of his estate, came into possession of the picture. When Foor’s house was burned down, the original was destroyed but fortunately many copies of it had been made.]

Source- http://www.thebluegrassspecial.com/archive/2011/feb2011/billy-the-kid-feb2011.php

This image below surfaced in 2013 from an undisclosed collector. Presented here for comparison, we can see his earlobes have in fact grown out longer with age.

Dan Dedrick (L) Billy Bonney (R)
Owner Unknown/Anonymous
Not part of the RJ Pastore Collection

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/29/newly-discovered-image-shows-billy-kid-claims-historian/

Newly-discovered image shows Billy the Kid, claims historian Frank Parrish.

Published August 29, 2013

FoxNews.com

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/29/newly-discovered-image-shows-billy-kid-claims-historian/#ixzz2ek9GIeJ2

 

Another recently published photo (Below, left) of William McCarty appeared on the News Tribune.com, Missouri’s Capital City News.

The photo is a good match to the more mature image of Billy on the right. The source of the image is linked below, but not credit was cited for the image.

 http://www.newstribune.com/news/2010/dec/31/nm-gov-declines-pardon-outlaw-billy-kid/

Wm Henry McCarty

Wm Henry McCarty

Wm. Henry McCarty

 

 

Another newly release photo (below) is purportedly Billy the Kid. The man on the left has a few close similarities, but the ears are larger and tucked in close to the skull. That eliminate him as a match for Billy, however he is a close match for the brother, Josy McCarty. Make a comparison with other photos of Josey and Billy together, go to the Josey dossier page.  http://jessejamesphotoalbum.com/josey-mccarty/

Another new Billy the Kid photo. / RJ de Aragon Collection

Another new Billy the Kid photo. RJ de Aragon Collection

More on the Forensic Artist’s examination: http://www.chron.com/houston/article/Billy-the-Kid-photo-real-Houston-forensic-artist-5757088.php#photo-6869338

More on the life of Henry McCarty: http://www.badhombres.com/outlaws/billy-the-kid.htm

 

Wm. H. Bonney

Wm. H. Bonney / RJ Pastore Collection

The RJ Pastore Collection has establishes a multi-point framework for objective analysis and authentication. The key photos are cataloged in criminal dossiers that allows them to be viewed their proper context.

The group portrait photos make it is easy to reconcile that they are the stated subjects.

That very linkage between all of the key figures in the group photos, repeatedly appearing together,  documents a pictorial timeline of their lives. The fact that they themselves created the photos shows they meant to reveal the secret death ruse.

The statistical probability of another set of individuals resembling these subjects and repeatedly having group photos taken over several decades is remote beyond consideration. In fact, it is a reverse probability, and therefore impossible to calculate.

In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, this chain of evidence eliminates any reasonable doubt about the authenticity of the photos and the validity of the revelations.