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    Picture of Catherine McCarty at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas. She was the mother of Billy the Kid, and was the lone woman to sign Wichita's incorporation petition in 1870.

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Picture of Catherine McCarty at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas. She was the mother of Billy the Kid, and was the lone woman to sign Wichita's incorporation petition in 1870.

Only confirmed photograph of Billy the Kid--Family says we are related to him.

Billy the Kid: (1859– 1881) real name William McCarty has become one of the legendary figures of the Wild West. His mother was an Irish immigrant who grew up in Ireland and raised her son in a New York slum before heading out west.

BILLY THE KID (William H. Bonney, William Henry McCarty, 1859-1881). American gunman and frontier outlaw. Legend claims he killed 21 men, but most likely it was somewhere between 4 to 9. Relatively unknown during his brief lifetime, his status grew to legendary proportions after his death at age 21. The Kid was killed by lawman Pat Garrett.

Billy the Kid photo auctioned for $2.3 million

All told, Billy the Kid is said to have killed a total of 21 men, one for each of the years of his life, though this number is often regarded as inaccurate and exaggerated.

Billy The Kid's Original Gravemarker

Billy The Kid's Death Warrant Lincoln, New Mexico by davev704, via Flickr

‘The only known authenticated portrait of the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid has sold for two point three million dollars at auction in Denver, in the US state of Colorado. The tintype – an early form of photo using metal plates – is believed to have been taken in 1879 or 1880 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

Billy the Kid (William Henry McCarty, Jr.) was credited with the killing of between 15 and 26 men, depending on varying sources.

September 23, 1875, Billy the Kid is arrested for the first time after stealing a basket of laundry. He later broke out of jail and roamed the American West, eventually earning a reputation as an outlaw and murderer and a rap sheet that allegedly included 21 murders.