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Billy’s Crimes of the Heart


"Billy's Crimes of the Heart" is a painting by Las Cruces artist Rebecca Courtney, “describing the pain and loss felt by Billy in his young life. Every time he found a ‘family,’ it was taken from him by death or his own incarceration. He was so young and so dedicated to finding happiness, but he was too impetuous and revengeful. The painting shows the dandy young man showing off his best clothes and guns, but his heart was damaged by violence. His ghostly appearance haunts us even today.” Next week is the anniversary of the outlaw’s death.