Frank “Windy” Cahill

Frank “Windy” Cahill

Birth
Ireland
Death 18 Aug 1877
Graham County, Arizona, USA
Burial Bonita, Graham County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 182343375 · View Source
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Cahill has the distinction of being the first man killed by Billy the Kid. A blacksmith, bully, and blowhard (hence the nickname “Windy”), Cahill and Billy (known then as Henry Antrim) first crossed paths in Camp Grant, Arizona, shortly after Henry fled from Silver City, New Mexico. The two disliked each other immediately, possibly because Cahill fitted Henry for shackles after he was arrested for stealing horses. Whatever the reason, Cahill never missed an opportunity to bully Henry — frequently knocking him over into the dirt and roughing him up. On the night of August 17, 1877, the two were playing cards at Atkin’s Cantina. They got into an argument; Cahill called Henry a “pimp” and Henry called him a “son of a bitch”. Cahill attacked Henry, throwing him to the ground and beating him. But Henry had a gun in the waistband of his trousers and was able to use a free hand to reach for it. Henry shot Cahill in the stomach and scrambled out from under him before stealing one of the fastest horses and running back to New Mexico. Cahill died the next day.

​-bio courtesy of the Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang https://www.billythekidoutlawgang.com

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  • Created by: senior_v
  • Added: 13 Aug 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 182343375
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank “Windy” Cahill (unknown–18 Aug 1877), Find a Grave Memorial no. 182343375, citing Bonita Cemetery, Bonita, Graham County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by senior_v (contributor 48472674) .