History is not always kind to people. Take Billy Breakenridge, a Cochise County deputy under John Behan during Tombstone’s troubled times. Movies like “Tombstone” have portrayed him as very effeminate if not gay. The only evidence: an offhand comment from Wells Fargo detective Fred Dodge, who said Breakenridge was “a nice old lady.” It’s true that Billy never married, but there’s no evidence that he was gay.
True West November 2023