Billy the Kid, His Real Name Was ....

Brushy Bill and John Miller

by Jim Johnson


Book Details

He was gunned down at the tender age of twenty— or was he

Everyone 'knows' that William McCarty/Henry McCarty/William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid, was killed by Pat Garrett around midnight on July 14, 1881 at Fort Sumner, NM. Or, was he? Authors like William V. Morrison, W. C. Jameson, William A. Tunstill, Jannay P. Valdez, Robert E. Hefner, and Brett L. Hall wrote that Billy the Kid escaped death that night and died an old man by the name of Brushy Bill Roberts in Hico, Texas in 1950. In fact, the Brushy Bill legacy is a tourist attraction and he is a real celebrity in Hico. The Chamber Of Commerce of Hico runs a museum and displays a statue of Billy, and the town celebrates 'Billy the Kid Days' every year. Well, someone was eventually going to find the truth about Brushy. Jim has uncovered undeniable proof who Brushy Bill really was. Was he the real Billy the Kid? Maybe!! On the other hand, author, Helen Airy, wrote about a man by the name of John Miller whose family claimed that he was Billy the Kid. Jim, again, found significant proof who John Miller really was. Maybe Miller really was Billy the Kid. Most authors and historians believe that his real name was William Henry McCarty, but was it? Jim provides new information about Billy the Kid. You've heard all of the so- called 'evidence' for and against Brushy Bill Roberts and John Miller, and now, you will see real hard evidence. Take advantage of Jim's many years of indepth research. This book is totally nonfiction and it contains foolproof evidence of who these two old men really were. Only one could have been Billy the Kid. The book also contains new information about Buckshot Roberts and Johnny Ringo. Just click on either of the icons in the upper lefthand corner of this webpage, '' or '', and take advantage of Jim's many years of indepth research. If you have any questions or comments that you would like to direct to Jim, just email him at


Book Excerpt

Excerpts from the book

"Who was Billy the Kid? That is a question that no one can really say has been answered until now. There have been a lot of speculations and ‘facts’ that have been printed, but nothing that anyone seems to want to hang their hat on. Most historians and authors seem to think his real name was Henry McCarty and that he was born in New York in 1859."

"One thing that most people seem to agree on is that William Bonney was killed by Pat Garrett the night of July 14, 1881 at Pete Maxwell’s house at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. But, was he?"

"Over the years, since the supposed killing of Billy the Kid by Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881, there have been many old time cowboys who have claimed to be Billy the Kid. Somehow, according to these claimants, Billy was able to escape death, and lived and died in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Old Mexico, or even England."

“Pat Garrett, in the company of his deputies, McKinney and Poe, learned the kid was in Fort Sumner, holed up at the house of Pete Maxwell. They sneaked up to the house in the dead of night, and Garrett knocked on the door. A Mexican youth with a gun in his hand answered the knock and queried, “Quien es?’ Sheriff Garrett pushed the door open and fired. The Mexican youth fell dead, and Garrett told the Kid and his girl who was there with him, to pack and leave Lincoln County forever.”

"What a cast of characters we find in 1880 Georgetown. Coincidence? You be the judge. Could the 21 year old William McCarty be Henry McCarty as in William Henry McCarty alias Billy the Kid? Could the John Miller listed be the Billy the Kid claimant"

"As the story goes, “Joseph and Garrett sat alone in the establishment and talked for almost two hours; they rose from their chairs, shook hands and departed. Later, someone asked Joseph what happened. Joseph remarked that he now had a better understanding of what happened." What was it that Joseph better understood?"

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About the Author

Jim Johnson

Author Jim Johnson has been intrigued with the Old West, its lore, and its legends all of his life. His interest began while watching the old black and white western movies made in the 1940s and 50s. Over the years he has collected and read thousands of nonfiction books and magazines on western outlaws and lawmen. Today, his library overflows with these nonfiction western books and magazines.

Jim read these books and magazine articles thoroughly and with caution. He was amazed at the contradictions, not only within books, but between books, and some of the fiction added to glamorize the books.

His research over the last 25-30 years has taken him across the southwest, including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, and the midwest, including Kansas, Illinois, and Indiana. He has copies of thousands of documents from archives, government records, and internet records.

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