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2019 Best Book Awards Finalist, United States History. 2019 Best Indie Book Notable 100 Award Winner. 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner, Second Place, Historical Non-Fiction. Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman – the man who killed Billy the Kid – was himself killed on leap day, February 29, 1908.Who killed him? Was it murder? Was it self-defense? No biograp 2019 Best Book Awards Finalist, United States History. 2019 Best Indie Book Notable 100 Award Winner. 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner, Second Place, Historical Non-Fiction. Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman – the man who killed Billy the Kid – was himself killed on leap day, February 29, 1908.Who killed him? Was it murder? Was it self-defense? No biographer of Garrett has been able to answer these questions. All have expressed opinions. None have presented evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Here, for the first time, drawing on previously undiscovered information, is the definitive answer to these questions, the Wild West's most famous unsolved killing. Supplementing the text are 102 images, including six of Garrett and his family which have never been published before. It has been 50 years since a new photo of Garrett was published, and no photos of his children have ever been published. Garrett’s life has been extensively researched. Yet, the author was able to uncover an enormous amount of new information. He had access to over 80 letters that Garrett wrote to his wife. He discovered a multitude of new documents and details concerning Garrett’s killing, the events surrounding it, and the personal life of the man who was placed on trial for killing Garrett. Examples: **The true actions of “Deacon Jim” Miller, a professional killer, who was in Las Cruces the day Garrett was killed. **The place on the now abandoned old wagon road in New Mexico where Garrett was killed. **The coroner’s jury report on Garrett’s death, lost for over 100 years! **Garrett’s original burial location. **The sworn courtroom testimony of the only witness to Garrett’s killing. **The policeman who provided the decisive evidence in the trial of the man accused of murdering Garrett. **The location of Garrett’s Rock House and Home Ranches. **The marriage of his confessed killer and the birth of his son. **New family details: Garrett had a four-month-old daughter the day he killed Billy the Kid. She died tragically at 15. Another daughter was blinded by a well-intended eye treatment; a son was paralyzed by childhood polio; and Pat Garrett, Jr., named after his father, lost his right leg to amputation at age 12. Pat Garrett’s life was a remarkable adventure, with enormous highs. He met two US presidents: William McKinley Jr. and Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt he met five times, three times in the White House. He brought the law to hardened gunmen. He oversaw hangings. His national fame was so extensive the day he died that newspapers from the East to the West Coast only had to write “Pat Garrett” for readers to know to whom they were referring.He also had devastating lows. He experienced heartbreaking family tragedy. He was blocked for re-appointment as El Paso Customs Collector by unjustified personal animus. He was pursued ruthlessly for a loan that he had co-signed as a favor for a friend. He had his ranches and livestock confiscated and sold on the Las Cruces public square.In spite of his reputation as a gunman, when faced with public humiliation, he responded with commendable dignity. Queried after losing his Custom Collector job, he replied: "I simply take my medicine." This book is written so you experience his life as he did, as it happened, event by event.


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2019 Best Book Awards Finalist, United States History. 2019 Best Indie Book Notable 100 Award Winner. 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner, Second Place, Historical Non-Fiction. Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman – the man who killed Billy the Kid – was himself killed on leap day, February 29, 1908.Who killed him? Was it murder? Was it self-defense? No biograp 2019 Best Book Awards Finalist, United States History. 2019 Best Indie Book Notable 100 Award Winner. 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner, Second Place, Historical Non-Fiction. Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman – the man who killed Billy the Kid – was himself killed on leap day, February 29, 1908.Who killed him? Was it murder? Was it self-defense? No biographer of Garrett has been able to answer these questions. All have expressed opinions. None have presented evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Here, for the first time, drawing on previously undiscovered information, is the definitive answer to these questions, the Wild West's most famous unsolved killing. Supplementing the text are 102 images, including six of Garrett and his family which have never been published before. It has been 50 years since a new photo of Garrett was published, and no photos of his children have ever been published. Garrett’s life has been extensively researched. Yet, the author was able to uncover an enormous amount of new information. He had access to over 80 letters that Garrett wrote to his wife. He discovered a multitude of new documents and details concerning Garrett’s killing, the events surrounding it, and the personal life of the man who was placed on trial for killing Garrett. Examples: **The true actions of “Deacon Jim” Miller, a professional killer, who was in Las Cruces the day Garrett was killed. **The place on the now abandoned old wagon road in New Mexico where Garrett was killed. **The coroner’s jury report on Garrett’s death, lost for over 100 years! **Garrett’s original burial location. **The sworn courtroom testimony of the only witness to Garrett’s killing. **The policeman who provided the decisive evidence in the trial of the man accused of murdering Garrett. **The location of Garrett’s Rock House and Home Ranches. **The marriage of his confessed killer and the birth of his son. **New family details: Garrett had a four-month-old daughter the day he killed Billy the Kid. She died tragically at 15. Another daughter was blinded by a well-intended eye treatment; a son was paralyzed by childhood polio; and Pat Garrett, Jr., named after his father, lost his right leg to amputation at age 12. Pat Garrett’s life was a remarkable adventure, with enormous highs. He met two US presidents: William McKinley Jr. and Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt he met five times, three times in the White House. He brought the law to hardened gunmen. He oversaw hangings. His national fame was so extensive the day he died that newspapers from the East to the West Coast only had to write “Pat Garrett” for readers to know to whom they were referring.He also had devastating lows. He experienced heartbreaking family tragedy. He was blocked for re-appointment as El Paso Customs Collector by unjustified personal animus. He was pursued ruthlessly for a loan that he had co-signed as a favor for a friend. He had his ranches and livestock confiscated and sold on the Las Cruces public square.In spite of his reputation as a gunman, when faced with public humiliation, he responded with commendable dignity. Queried after losing his Custom Collector job, he replied: "I simply take my medicine." This book is written so you experience his life as he did, as it happened, event by event.

35 review for Killing Pat Garrett, The Wild West's Most Famous Lawman - Murder or Self-Defense?

  1. 4 out of 5

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    “I was getting ready to go to lunch… when the door to the sheriff’s office opened and in walked Wayne Brazil, looking hurried and upset. He had his gun in his hand, and as he came up to my desk he laid it down in front of me.” The sentence that follows from Brazil, from the recollection of a county sheriff in Las Cruces, NM in 1908, is the basis for David G. Thomas’s incredibly researched work including hundreds of notes, 112 images, over 100 chapters, four appendixes and a 100-year timeline: “’L “I was getting ready to go to lunch… when the door to the sheriff’s office opened and in walked Wayne Brazil, looking hurried and upset. He had his gun in his hand, and as he came up to my desk he laid it down in front of me.” The sentence that follows from Brazil, from the recollection of a county sheriff in Las Cruces, NM in 1908, is the basis for David G. Thomas’s incredibly researched work including hundreds of notes, 112 images, over 100 chapters, four appendixes and a 100-year timeline: “’Lock me up, I’ve just killed Pat Garrett.’” But was the case as open and shut as that? Who can say whether Thomas is the world’s leading authority on the legendary lawman best known for tracking down and killing Billy the Kid? But after reading Killing Pat Garrett, The Wild West’s Most Famous Lawman – Murder or Self-Defense (Doc45 Publishing), who could dispute it? He certainly has the right credentials: the co-founder of the Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival and co-founder of Friends of Pat Garrett. Although it didn’t start out that way, Thomas soon became obsessed with who killed Garrett and the circumstances of his violent death by gunshot. “I quickly realized no biographer of Garrett has been able to answer the questions,” Thomas writes. “All have expressed opinions. None has presented evidence that would stand up in a court of law.” The rest of the review: https://booktrib.com/2019/10/killing-...

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