"Billy the Kid" arrived in Lincoln County, New Mexico in 1877. The native Apache had recently been subdued and the local cattlemen divided themselves into two camps in a fight for local power. Billy allied himself with the losing side. He worked as a ranch hand for John Tunstall a leader of one faction seeking control of the county. Tunstall befriended the Kidd acting in many ways as a surrogate father. Thunstall's ambush and murder in 1878 by a sheriffs posse set the aAKid off on a path of revenge. Taken from the Arizona Territorial Newspaper Vol. 7, No. 12 dated February 28, 2002.
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