|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1909|
San Bernardino County
Largest manhunt in San Bernardino County to date was tracking down and trying to arrest Paiute Indian Willie Boy. Willie wanted Lola/Carlota and her family said no. The newspaper articles from the time said he killed 74 year "old Mike" Boniface(aka William Mike, Chemehuevi Indian) in front of Mike's family. Other stories say he was killed in a fight because Mike was beating Lola and when Willie jumped in to help Mike went after Willie. Regardless Mike was dead and Willie and Lola ran off, without any supplies to trek across the desert some 500 miles worth. No supplies water, food or horses, and a possee chasing them.
At one point they are about to catch Willie and Willie shoots 4 of there horses to make it easier to get away, unfortunately he shot a lawman in the process.(According to Oct 1909 accounts in the Los Angeles Herald Willie Boy
wounded Deputy Marshall Charles Reche of Banning in the hip and killed 3 horses)
Ben de Crevecoeur the Constabele in charge, sent some of the men back with the fallen lawman, Charlie Reche. Willie carrying a .30-30 rifle had used up many of the 15 cartridges he had.
The girl a 14 year old cousin of Willie is killed, either by possee, herself, or Willie. He can run faster now. They are eloping but some say she is ordered out of her house by her mother. Sheriff's statement say she is kidnapped. Willie Boy is shot or uses his last bullet and shoots himself. There are pictures of his dead body in "Lawmen of San Bernardino" and the wanted poster in the Sun Newspaper. It is clear that Willie thought he would get no justice from the Law. It is thought that the indians cremated Willie. The Sheriff's statement to the newspaper said he cremated him to keep him from being disrespected.
The storys continue of this law hunt one report is he escapes and lives out his life on the reservation in Soboba. The movie made with Robert Redford, Katherine Ross and Robert Blake made in 1969 is a good story.
The San Bernardino Sun reports the monument bears the inscrption "The West's Last Famous Manhunt" Ruby Mountain is near Landers.
Specifically: ashes buried on Mt.RubyGPS: N 34 degrees 17.497 W 116 degrees 32.194
Created by: Barbara LeClaire
Record added: Oct 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42862835
Added: Jun. 29, 2015
Somehow I think Willie Boy would have been better remembered with a more accurate story of his demise and the reader not bombarded by errors in text and grammar. RIP Willie Boy, you're a legend and a permanent part of historical lore forever.|
Added: Oct. 16, 2014
Regardless of the story, rest in peace|
Added: Oct. 8, 2009