Billy Claiborne... Tombstone's number one gunfighter wannabe. Well, actually, he had a bit of a reputation as a badass, based largely on the fact that he hung out with guys like Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocious, and that he had killed a man in a saloon in Charleston in 1881. (Not exactly a stand up gunfight, though. The other guy was just being mouthy, not expecting guns to be drawn, and Billy shot him in the head.) He was found not guilty, but only after a series of comical mistrials involving jurors and defense attorneys that didn't show up.
After William Bonney was gunned down over in New Mexico later that year, Billy Claiborne insisted that everyone start calling him "Billy the Kid." Some people went along with it, I suppose, but mostly it was just cause for a lot of snickering behind his back.
What reputation he had took a nosedive after he embarrassed himself at the OK Corral, and he left town for awhile. Word was, he went to Globe and worked in the copper mines.
Buckskin Frank escorted Billy Claiborne out of the bar and onto Allen Street. He told the subsequent coroner's jury, "I was talking with some friends in the Oriental Saloon when Claiborne pushed his way in among us and began using very insulting language. I took him to one side and said, 'Billy, don't interfere, those people are friends among themselves and are not talking about politics at all, and don't want you about.' He appeared quite put out and used rather bad and certainly very nasty language towards me. I told him there was no use of his fighting with me, that there was no occasion for it, and leaving him I joined my friends. He came back again and began using exceedingly abusive language, when I took him by the collar of his coat and led him away, telling him not to get mad, that it was for his own good, that if he acted in that manner he was liable to get in trouble. He pushed away from me, using very hard language, and as he started away from me, shook a finger at me and said, 'That's all right Leslie, I'll get even on you,' and went out of the saloon."
A few minutes later, two men rushed into the Oriental and told Leslie that a man was waiting outside with a rifle to kill him. Leslie went out a side door and came up on Billy unaware. He said he told him there was no need for any of this, to go home and sober up, but Billy raised the rifle and fired. He missed, but Buckskin Frank Leslie didn't. A bullet from his .45 hit Billy Clairborne square in the chest
Friends carried Billy down the street to a doctor, where he died six hours later. His reported last words were, "Frank Leslie killed Johnny Ringo. I saw him do it."
Billy Claiborne lies buried in Boot Hill. Buckskin Frank Leslie was not charged.