== People who claimed to be Billy the Kid ==
Legends grew over time that Billy the Kid had somehow cheated death and survived, despite eyewitness accounts of his slaying.ref In 2004, researchers sought to exhume the remains of Catherine Antrim, McCarty's mother, "so her DNA could be tested and compared with DNA to be taken from the body buried under the Kid's gravestone".ref Ultimately, the case was bogged down in the courts, "much to the delight of New Mexico Governor [[Bill Richardson]], who knows all too well the value of Billy as a cultural icon and a draw for tourists".ref Several men have claimed to be McCarty over the years, and at least two became notable because they were successful in persuading a small segment of the public.
=== Brushy Bill Roberts ===
In 1949, a paralegal named located a man in Central Texas named Ollie Partridge Roberts (nicknamed [[Brushy Bill]]), who claimed to be Billy the Kid and challenged the popular account of McCarty as shot to death by Pat Garrett in 1881.refref Despite discrepancies in birth dates and physical appearance, the town of [[Hico, Texas]] (Brushy Bill's residence), has capitalized on the Kid's infamy by opening the "Billy The Kid Museum".ref Brushy Bill's story was further promoted by the 1990 film [[Young Guns II]], as well as a 2011 episode of [[Brad Meltzer's Decoded]] on the History Channel. [[Robert Stack]] did a segment on Brushy Bill in early 1990 on the [[NBC]] television series [[Unsolved Mysteries]].