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Crime Fighter
    (June 5, 1850-February 28, 1908)
    Born in Chambers County, Alabama
    Sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico (1880-82)
    Known for killing Billy the Kid (July 14, 1881)
    Before becoming a lawman, he killed a fellow buffalo hunter in an argument over hides (1878).
    Less than a year after his wife Juanita died, he married her sister Apolonaria.
    He shot Billy the Kid while the Kid was unarmed.
    He lost a job as customs agent after embarrassing President Theodore Roosevelt by showing up at a Rough Riders reunion with a notorious gambler.
    Excessive gambling left him heavily in debt.
    After his killer was acquitted on grounds of self-defense, his largest creditor held a barbecue to celebrate the verdict.
    Given that Billy the Kid had killed two of Garrett's deputies in a jail break, he may have felt that shooting first and asking questions later was the best course.
    Governor Lew Wallace reneged on paying him the $500 bounty on the Kid's head.
    He was shot by Jesse Wayne Brazel in a dispute over Brazel grazing his goats on Garrett's land.
    Although Brazel successfully pleaded self-defense, an alternate account claims Garrett was shot in the back while urinating along the side of the road.

Credit: C. Fishel

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