In 1955 C.L. Sonnichsen and William V. Morrison released a book entitled "Alias Billy the Kid" which told Brushy Bill's story to the world for the first time. The participation of Sonnichsen in this venture was significant as he was a highly respected historian, a prolific author, and considered an expert in Western American History. Sonnichsen had been educated and received his PHD at Harvard University. He later taught at the University of Texas, El Paso for 41 years and was also the Chair of the English Department and later Dean of the Graduate School. "Alias Billy the Kid" was a bombshell revelation that threatened the accepted history of the Lincoln County War, Pat Garrett, and Billy the Kid. However, despite the fact that Brushy Bill knew intimate details of the Lincoln County War that were only known by a few historians based on obscure personal letters of the participants and court records, the accepted history stood and Sonnichsen and Morrison were accused of attempting to profit off of Brushy Bill's story. In any event, the genie was out of the bottle and since 1955 Brushy Bills story refuses to die and has inspired numerous other books, movies, and websites. In 2014 the original "Alias Billy the Kid" was re-published in its entirety by Creative Texts Publishers.
COPYRIGHT 2014-2021 by Creative Texts Publishers, LLC