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Poe and McKinney didn't "let him
Mon Jan 23, 2012 16:23

walk past them" because he wasn't coming from across the parade ground as Poe and Garrett later claimed.* He was coming from Paulita's bedroom, walking along the wide wooden portal (porch) on that side of the Maxwell house.

Remember too that Kid was disguised as a Mexican--he'd grown out his beard and mustache and darkened his hair and skin. That, combined with his perfect, unaccented Spanish, convinced Poe at least that he was simply one of Pete Maxwell's employees and Poe writes about his surprise when this "Mexican" got so spooked at the sight of him.

McKinney, of course, would have realized the "Mexican's" true identity at the first "Quien es?" and was probably near to peeing himself with terror for fear Kid would recognize him.

* I forget which historian(s) point out that Garrett and Poe obviously had agreed to lie about the direction Billy was coming from in order to protect Paulita's reputation; IMO they also lied about Billy carrying his .41 with him on that last walk along the portal in order to protect Garrett's.

  • Re: Say What.....jim lynch, Mon Jan 23 13:40
    And I think it is rather amusing to see all the egos demonstated. What has always stuck in my craw is Poe and McKinney letting someone walk pass them when they were supposed to be guarding Pat's... more
    • Poe and McKinney didn't "let him — mizscarlett43, Mon Jan 23 16:23
      • Re: Poe and McKinney didn't "let himnm312, Thu Mar 15 18:45
        did the kid have 3 hands? poe said he had a gun in 1 hand a knife in 1 hand & was buttoning his pants
      • I don't believejim lynch, Mon Jan 23 19:53
        for a minute that Billy came barefoot at night from outside the picket fence.And if they all agreed to lie about where he was, what else would they lie about. Paco's account seems to be a little too... more
      • Btw, I agree about the mizscarlett43, Mon Jan 23 16:51
        egos. I had high hopes for Weddle's little book, though, and indeed it was going along just peachy until I got to page 8, when IMO it crashes and burns with the bald assertions that the Kid's "taste... more
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