Thursday, 10 October 2013

Sheriff Pat Garrett

Pat Garrett (1850-1908) was a buffalo hunter and cowboy who in 1880 was hired as a Sheriff in New Mexico on the strength of his accuracy with a gun. He won instant fame when he shot dead Billy the Kid and broke up the outlaw’s gang. Garrett then joined the Texas Rangers, returning to New Mexico in 1897 to work on a difficult murder case. He found culprits to be three deputy sheriffs and caught them after a prolonged gun battle. Garrett then went back to Texas to hold a number of government posts. He was shot dead by Jesse Brazel during an argument over grazing rights on land Garrett was renting.

from "Heroes, Rogues and Rascals" by Rupert Matthews

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Book Description

1 Nov 2008
Written by expert authors Rupert Matthews and John Birdsall, this highly illustrated guide, with photos and memorabilia of people who have made their mark on history, includes key entries on each individual, with boxes and biographies about competitors or co-conspirators. With more than 400 extraordinary people in total it is a fascinating look at some of the most colourful characters in history - from ancient times right up-to the present day. Discover why Caligula was mad, what made Napoleon seek to conquer, and who was really was the most outlawed cowboy in the West.But, on the flip side of 'the coin of fame', meet the people who have made their name by heroic acts or astonishing feats of human endeavour. Find out who first broke the four-minute mile, and what drove him on; which astronaughts have been lucky enough to view the Earth from space; and who is the youngest war hero ever to be decorated. "Heroes, Rascals and Rogues" takes a look at some of the most unconventional people to have lived among us, in an easy-to-read, illustrated format with interesting facts and figures that will make this book hard to put down.

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