Billy the Kid

1859 - 1881

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Henry McCarty (September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881), alias William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, was an American outlaw and gunfighter of the Old West who is alleged to have killed 21 men before he was shot and killed at the age of 21. He is also known for his involvement in New Mexico's Lincoln County War, during which he allegedly committed three murders. McCarty was orphaned at the age of 15. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy the Kid has received more than 14,984,283 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Billy the Kid is the 6th most popular mafioso (down from 3rd in 2019), the 308th most popular biography from United States (down from 137th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Mafioso.

Billy the Kid is most famous for being a notorious outlaw and gunfighter in the Wild West. He was also a cattle rustler, horse thief, and murderer.

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Among mafiosos, Billy the Kid ranks 6 out of 70Before him are Pablo Escobar, Al Capone, Griselda Blanco, Salvatore Riina, and Lucky Luciano. After him are Jack Ruby, Jesse James, Bernardo Provenzano, Meyer Lansky, Frank Abagnale, and Karl Gebhardt.

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Among people born in 1859, Billy the Kid ranks 13Before him are Edmund Husserl, John Dewey, Svante Arrhenius, Alfred Dreyfus, Georges Seurat, and Yuan Shikai. After him are Sholem Aleichem, Verner von Heidenstam, Jean Jaurès, Alexandre Millerand, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, and Jerome K. Jerome. Among people deceased in 1881, Billy the Kid ranks 6Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander II of Russia, Modest Mussorgsky, James A. Garfield, and Benjamin Disraeli. After him are Lewis H. Morgan, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Jenny von Westphalen, Louis Auguste Blanqui, Thomas Carlyle, and Auguste Mariette.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Billy the Kid ranks 308 out of 20,380Before him are Coen brothers (null), Burt Lancaster (1913), Clinton Davisson (1881), Oliver Hardy (1892), David Woodard (1964), and Calvin Coolidge (1872). After him are B.B. King (1925), Norbert Wiener (1894), Eli Whitney (1765), Rita Hayworth (1918), J. Edgar Hoover (1895), and Nina Simone (1933).

Among MAFIOSOS In United States

Among mafiosos born in United States, Billy the Kid ranks 2Before him are Al Capone (1899). After him are Jack Ruby (1911), Jesse James (1847), Frank Abagnale (1948), John Dillinger (1903), Mark David Chapman (1955), Wyatt Earp (1848), John Gotti (1940), Richard Kuklinski (1935), Frank Lucas (1930), and Sundance Kid (1867).