But who were the Regulators ... really?
The name of the corps came from an old western term regarding Billy the Kid’s gang.
There are many accounts of Billy the Kid and The Regulators. Here's a short one:
"In the late 1800’s, Billy the Kid and a gang of cowboys sought revenge for the cold blooded murder of a father figure to the kid, John Tunstall. Billy the Kid’s gang “self deputized” themselves because the lawmen at the time were working for the Murphy-Dolan cattlemen who would stop at nothing to keep their monopoly on the cattle and merchant trade secure. Although they were outlaws and murderers, The Regulators considered themselves the “good guys” who were looking for justice for a friend."
Some say Billy the Kid killed 17 men in a shootout during the "Lincoln County War" - others say it was only three.
Although Billy gained the most notoriety, most accounts state that he was a shy, unassuming type of guy who did not seek the kind of fame attributed to him.
The law eventually caught up with The Regulators and Billy the Kid - between gunfights and hangings, the gang was disbanded.
For more on Billy the Kid and the Regulators, visit www.badhombres.com/outlaws/billy-the-kid.htm