Who was Brushy Bill Roberts?
William Henry "Brushy Bill" Roberts was an American Cowboy who was born in Texas on December 31, 1859. Roberts' mother died when he was a toddler resulting in him being raised by his mother's sister, Katherine Bonney, which is how he came to be known as "William H. Bonney" instead of William H. Roberts. This became just one of many aliases Roberts would use throughout his life.
Early on he was nicknamed "THE KID" due to his small stature and youthful appearance. This nickname took on many manifestations throughout his life including "Kid Antrim" (due to his stepfather's last name), "Texas Kid", "the Kid" and, of course, his most famous nickname of all "Billy the Kid". The picture of Billy the Kid's history has always been very cloudy with many contemporaries telling conflicting accounts of his life story. Fortunately, in 1949 a childhood friend of Billy told a young trial lawyer named William V. Morrison that Billy the Kid was alive and led him to Roberts living in obscurity in Hico, Texas under an assumed name. This is Mr. Roberts story. It is the one true story of Billy the Kid, told in person by the man himself. Throughout history, many men have come forward to claim to be legendary figures, but no one has ever come forward with the mountain of evidence that Mr. Roberts and Mr. Morrison put forth. From physical evidence to photographic records to sworn affidavits from living associates of Billy the Kid the story of William Henry Roberts finally closes the chapter and fills in the blanks on the life and legacy of the legendary Billy the Kid.