Why experts say a $2 photo from a California junk shop is the holy grail of Western Americana
- As legend has it, Billy the Kid was a cold-blooded outlaw and cattle rustler who lived hard and died young.
Less legendary, it turns out, is the fact that the kid — a.k.a. William Bonney — was a player of the popular 19th century British pastime known as croquet.
That’s according to only the second photo ever to be confirmed of the infamous outlaw, whose short life and mysterious death continue to fascinate historians and bewitch investigators.