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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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. 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