The perspective offered by Billy's friends contradicts the popular view of Billy as a cool vigilante against the encroachment of civilization. According to Charles L. Ballard, one of Kid's friends, Kid was "not an outlaw in manners - was quiet, but good company always doing something interesting. That was why he had so many friends." In the picture above, Billy (left) is seen playing croquet with a friend (right). In his travels as an outlaw, many of Kid's friends helped him avoid the law and elude capture. However, many others who were not so close thought of Billy as more ruthless. When he broke out of prison, a passerby stated, "...at a call from Billy the Kid, [the guard] looked up and received a volley of shots from his own gun..."