The Truth about Wild Bill

By True West Magazine on May 24, 2018


Like most Old West icons, gunfighter “Wild Bill” Hickok is shrouded in myths. He likely started many of them.

A teller of tall windies, he was quoted as saying, “I would be willing to take my oath on the Bible that I have killed over a hundred, a long ways off.”

After he told a particularly impossible adventure, someone would invariably ask him, “But Bill, how did you escape?”

A poker-faced Hickok replied, “I didn’t. I was killed.”

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