Maysville Kentucky: Six Degrees From Billy the Kid
While serving as Sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, Poe became friends with Pat Garrett and John Chisum. His most famous experience occurred when he accompanied Garrett to Pete Maxwell's ranch near Fort Sumner. Garrett went inside. Waiting outside, Poe saw William Bonney (Billy the Kid) enter the ranch house, though he did not recognize him. Moments later, he heard the gunfire when Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Pat Garrett. Later he wrote several articles for newspapers and books about the death of Billy the Kid and his experiences.
Note: There was a follow up to this article on 1/25/2007. You can find that here.