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Pat Garrett: A Biography of the Famous Marshal and the Killer of Billy the Kid. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1960. Rickards, Colin. "Pat Garrett Tells 'How I Killed Billy the Kid.'" Real West, April 1971. Shirley, Glenn. Shotgun for Hire: The Story of "Deacon" Jim Miller, Killer of Pat Garrett. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Garrett
Pat Garrett: A Biography of the Famous Marshal and the Killer of Billy the Kid. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1960. Rickards, Colin. "Pat Garrett Tells 'How I Killed Billy the Kid.'" Real West, April 1971. Shirley, Glenn. Shotgun for Hire: The Story of "Deacon" Jim Miller, Killer of Pat Garrett. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.
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Born in Chambers County, Alabama on June 5, 1850, Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett was one of seven children born to John and Elizabeth Garrett. Three years later, Pats father, John Garrett, purchased a Louisiana plantation in Claiborne Parish, where young Garrett grew up. A tall, thin angular man with prominent cheek bones, Garrett left Louisiana for Dallas County, Texas at the age of 19. There, he worked on the large LS Ranch in west Texas as a cowboy and cattle gunman when rustling was rampant in the area.
Garrett first went to work on Peter Maxwells ranch. A year later he quit and worked as a bartender at a saloon called Beaver Smiths. Soon after, he married a woman named Juanita Martinez, but she died before the end of the year. A little more than a year later, on January 14, 1880, he married Apolinaria Gutierrez. The two would have nine children over the years. It was at the saloon that Pat Garrett met and often gambled with William Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid. The two were seen together so often they soon took on the nicknames of Big Casino and Little Casino.
On December 15, 1880, Governor Wallace put a $500 reward on Billys head and Pat Garrett began the relentless pursuit of the outlaw. Garrett set-up many traps and ambushes in an attempt to apprehend Billy, but the Kid seemed to have an animal instinct that warned him of danger. However, that was not to last.
Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang in Lincoln, New Mexico on May 13, 1881. However, he escaped from jail on April 18, 1881, killing two guards in the process.
Billy the Kid was buried in a plot in-between his dead friends Tom OFolliard and Charlie Bowdre the next day at Fort Sumners cemetery.
Though the New Mexican newspaper said, Sheriff Garrett is the hero of the hour, most people in the area saw him as a villain for having killed a favorite son. Although he had put his life on the line for his community, he lost the next election for sheriff of Lincoln County.
Garrett then turned to ranching and began to write a book about Billy the Kid. Published in 1882, The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, the Noted Desperado of the Southwest, didnt sell well as eight books had already beat him to the press.
In 1884, Garrett ran for New Mexico state senator where he again lost the election. Fed up, Garrett moved his family to Tascosa, Texas where he became captain of the LS Texas Rangers. However, this role would not last long, as Garrett quit within just a few weeks and returned to southeastern New Mexico, this time to Roswell. In 1890 he ran for sheriff of the newly created Chaves County. However, when he lost, he bitterly left New Mexico once again, living in Uvalde, Texas, where he raised and raced horses for several years. In 1899, Garrett purchased a ranch in the San Andres Mountains of New Mexico and in October, he was appointed sheriff of Dona Ana County, New Mexico. His family stayed on the ranch while Pat worked in Las Cruces, Mesilla and Dona Ana. On December 16, 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt, infatuated by gunfighters in the West, appointed Pat Garrett as a United States Customs Collector at El Paso, Texas. However, it was a controversial appointment and when his term was over in 1905, Roosevelt refused to reappoint him. Garrett and his family returned to the ranch only to find Garrett in the midst of financial difficulties due to back taxes and liability for a loan he had co-signed for a friend.
Becoming increasingly morose over the situation, he began to drink and gamble too much. However, still trying to make a living, he started a new horse breeding operation.
To help with his financial problems, Garrett leased part of his land to a man named Wayne Brazel who was to graze cattle upon the land. However, he soon found that Brazel had brought in several thousand goats, which were considered to be even worse than sheep, as far as cattlemen were concerned.
Owing money to many people in the Roswell area, Garrett desperately approached another rancher named Carl Adamsson in January, 1908 to see if he might be interested in buying his ranch. However, when he neared Adams home, Carls wife, Amanda, ordered him from the property at gunpoint.
Just miles outside of Las Cruces, they stopped the wagon and while Adamson was relieving himself off the back of the buckboard, three shots rang out. Pat Garrett lay dead. Adamson left his body in the desert and continued on to Las Cruces. Once there, Adamson swore he never saw who shot Garrett and Brazel confessed to the shooting, claiming it was self-defense.
Pat Garrett, Western U.S. lawman known as the man who killed Billy the Kid (q.v.). Born in Alabama and reared in Louisiana, Garrett left home at about the age of 17 and headed for Texas and the life of a cowboy and buffalo hunter. In 1879 he married and settled in Lincoln County, N.M., where he
But John W. Poe, Garrett’s former deputy and successor as Lincoln County sheriff, had fallen out with Garrett over a loan. Poe endorsed another candidate, which, along with something of a backlash over Garrett’s fame and popularity, cost Pat the election. Disgusted, Garrett moved his family to Uvalde, Texas.
Mar 11, 2018 · Pat Garrett then pulled up stakes for New Mexico, first rancher, then as a bartender in Fort Sumner, then as the sheriff of Lincoln County. It was here that he would first meet Billy the Kid, and where he would meet him for the last time. Billy the Kid was born William Henry McCarty, Jr., in New York City, nine years after Pat Garrett.
Wayne Brazel had reason to fear Garrett. Pat had become increasingly quarrelsome and violent as his economic fortunes declined, and he saw Brazel as the major obstacle to a deal that would bring an end to his troubles. Aware of Garrett’s reputation as a cold-blooded killer, Wayne had to take Garrett’s threats seriously. In the end, he did.
The victim, Patrick Floyd Jarvis “Pat” Garrett, was the former sheriff of Lincoln County best known for having killed outlaw Billy the Kid on July 14, 1881. Garrett served as sheriff of Doña Ana County from 1896 to 1900. He was murdered at about 10:30 on the morning of Feb. 29, 1908, some 5 miles east of Las Cruces.
Nov 25, 2017 · Pat’s son Dudley arranged with Jesse Brazel for a five-year lease of the Garrett’s Bear Canyon Ranch. Brazel used the land to raise goats, which was unacceptable to the Garrets. Garrett tried to break the lease when he learned his creditor, W.W. “Bill” Cox, was financing Brazel.
Jan 06, 2014 · Jarvis Garrett, Pat’s youngest son (who was only two when his father died), came to the conclusion that Adamson was the killer. Some folks thought Brazel himself did the deed and got away with it. But the top two candidates these days are Rhode and Miller.
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