Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Billy the Kid]
May 10, 1937
BILLY THE KID
(As Told by Francisco Trujillo, (Translation by A.L. White) 85 years old, of San Patricio, Lincoln County, New Mexico.)
I arrived at San Patricio in the year 1877. During the first days of October sheriff Brady appointed a committee to pursue some bandits whom we found at Harry Baker's ranch at Siete Rios. There we arrested them and brought them to the jail at Lincoln.
In November the people of [Ponasco?] went to take the bandits out from jail. Among the people coming from [Ponasco?], was Billy the Kid.
At about the same time Francisco Trujillo, my brother, Juan Trujillo and I went to Pajarito to hunt deer. We were at the mouth of the Pajarito Canyon skinning a deer, when we saw two persons passing. One was Frank Baker, the other was Billy Mote. One was a bandit and the other a body guard whom Marfe kept at the ranch. The last one was a thief also. When they passed my brother said “Let us get away quickly, these are bad people.” So, we got our horses, saddled them and left in the direction of San Patricio. On the way we met the bandits and the people who were coming from the jail at Lincoln.
The bandits surrounded Juan, my brother. I started to get away but Billy the Kid followed me telling me to stop. I then turned around and saw that he was pointing a rifle at me so I jumped from my horse and aimed my gun at him. He then went back to where the people were and aimed his gun at Juan saying “If Francisco does not surrender I am going to kill you.” Lucas Gallegos then shouted “Surrender, friend, otherwise they will kill my COMPADRE Juan.” Billy then took my gun from where I had laid it and we returned to the place where the people were.