Who was the first man killed by Billy the Kid?

atm-logoWho was the first man killed by Billy the Kid?

Allen Fossenkemper
Fountain Hills, Arizona

The story goes that Frank “Windy” Cahill, a civilian blacksmith at Arizona’s Fort Grant, took some pleasure in bullying the teenage Henry Antrim, who became known as Billy the Kid. On August 17, 1877, the Kid fought back—with a pistol. Cahill died from his wounds. The Kid fled to New Mexico where he became a cowboy, a rustler and—eventually—a legend.

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Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian. His latest book is Wyatt Earp: Showdown at Tombstone. If you have a question, write:

Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008,
Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at
marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu

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