Nobody can say Billy the Kid wasn’t thoughtful. He made his escape from the Lincoln County Jail (photo) on April 28, 1881—when he killed two deputies to get away. As Billy prepared to leave, he grabbed a rifle in the jail. It belonged to another one of the prisoners, who asked the Kid not to take it. Billy returned it to the room and picked up another one. This, too, belonged to a prisoner—and he also preferred that Billy leave it. So the Kid returned that one as well before taking a gun that was not claimed.