After fleeing Maxwin’s burning house, the Regulators took refuge in Fort Sumner, Mexico. Once upon a time there was an army fort on the site of a village, but the soldiers had long left it. But now Billy had many friends there, and almost every evening he spent, having fun and flirting with black-haired beauties.
In Lincoln County, life was slowly getting better. Mrs. Maxwin sued James Dolan and Colonel Dudley, accusing them of killing her husband and setting fire to property. Houston Chapman, one-armed lawyer, took up her interests. New Mexico’s new governor, Lou Wallace, has granted amnesty to all county residents who participated in the recent war, hoping that this will help the parties quickly forget the old feuds. It turned out that Billy Kid, not being a resident of the county, did not fall under the amnesty, being considered a mercenary who did not have personal interests in the conflict. Now he has formed too many enemies in the person of representatives of the law and former opponents to feel calm. Continue reading
Bill was very cherished for hours and when the next day he saw that Tutt, mocking him, wears them in public, was furious. But this rage was cold and prudent. The city already knew that it would not do without a fight, and everyone was waiting for what the quarrel would be resolved at the price of ten dollars. And the quarrel was soon resolved – Tatt was left without hours and debt paid, and Hickcock again received the clock and the opportunity not to pay the bills.
Former friends met in the square. They were separated by about twenty-five meters. The shots merged together, and Davis Tutt fell with a shot through his chest – a bullet, entering his right side, went out through the left, breaking his heart. Hickcock remained unharmed, but was arrested and thrown into prison. The court found him not guilty. Continue reading
At the end of the war, Edwards chose not to give up the Yankees and fled to Mexico, from where he returned only after the passions had subsided. Having become an influential journalist, he supported James in every way and was the first to print Jesse’s letters in his newspapers, giving him the opportunity to openly express his political views. He is called the man who created the myth of Jesse. As one historian noted: “Without Jesse, John Newman, Edwards probably would not have become the leading newspaper publisher in Missouri, and without Edwards, Jesse James would not have become such a special political hero for the former Confederates.” Edwards’ articles not only gave the gang an alibi after various robberies. Thanks to his efforts, readers fell in love with the James Yangers, considering them to be good people, forced to break the law due to repression of the federal government. Continue reading