The American West was home to many infamous outlaws in the nineteenth century; their stories have been told for decades after their deaths. Among the many outlaw names we still remember today, is Billy the Kid. Notorious for his age, Billy the Kid was perhaps the youngest outlaw of his time and maintained a rap sheet that included theft, gambling, and murder. Not much is known about the Kid since he was moved around so frequently as a child and his mother was an Irish immigrant. Historians speculate that the young William Henry McCarty- his real name- was born in Indiana or New York and did not have a relationship with his biological father. In his youth, he and his family lived all over the U.S. from Indiana, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. His mother was the glue that held the family together, though she did have a long-time partner- William Antrim- whom she eventually married in 1873. Prior to that, Ms. Catherine McCarty was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and she and her family were on the move to a dryer climate when they married. Their trek to find a better location for Catherine landed the family in Silver City, New Mexico. Here they were able to reestablish themselves as Mr. Antrim got a job in carpentry and as a blacksmith, while Mrs. Antrim boarded wanderers in their cabin. Unfortunately Billy’s mother died shortly after they planted their roots in 1874. After her demise from her illness, Billy’s stepfather would disappear for days at a time, which landed the boys in several foster homes until Mr. Antrim abandoned them entirely. Now that he was on his own, Billy the Kid took advantage of his freedom but he did not have the means to afford much of anything, so he took to a life of crime by 1875. The first instance of his arrest is recorded in 1875 after he stole a basket of laundry, but he broke out of prison rather quickly. This then led to his life of constant crime after he met up with a gang of gunslingers. Billy the Kid managed to lay low while still committing crimes and being involved in the Lincoln County War, but his ventures came to an end in 1881 after he killed two deputies when he escaped prison once again. Sheriff Pat Garrett finally caught up with the Kid and fatally shot him in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Billy the Kid’s gravesite and museum are now located in this same town and continue to tell his rather extraordinary story.