Billy was what


“While he has always been known as “The Kid” up to this time, he now began to be called Billy by his fellows…He was about five feet high, small hands and feet, dark, swarthy complexion”


(Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine; 1908)

Definition of SWARTHY:

Black, Dark Brown, Tawny (Tan colored)


(Samuel Johnson, “A Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations … Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar.”; Vol 4; 1818)

Jesse James has been described in primary and firsthand accounts as:

“a short man, dark complexion, with whiskers evidently clipped quite close”


(Wayne Fanebust; “Chasing Frank and Jesse James”)

(Frank James, George Miller Jr; “The Trial of Frank James for Murder”; 1898)

Dark = partially or wholly black

Complexion = ‬the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face

Henry McCarty better known as “Billy the Kid” and also by the pseudonym William H. Bonney, was an outlaw and gunfighter of the American Old West who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at the age of 21…

Jesse Woodson James was an American outlaw, bank and train robber, guerrilla, and leader of the James–Younger Gang…

After the war, as members of various gangs of outlaws, Jesse and his brother Frank robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains across the Midwest, gaining national fame and often popular sympathy despite the brutality of their crimes…