Monday, January 9, 2012

The Pardoning of Billy the Kid

The Pardoning of Billy the Kid is now on the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE website. This is one of the most interesting articles I've read on the Billy the Kid story--highly recommend reading.

The 60 minute show Billy the Kid premieres on January 10, 2012, at 9/8 C on PBS, to kick off a
month-long AMERICAN EXPERIENCE "Wild West" collection. I have more information on the show in my blog posts from January 4 and 8 below. This is Wild West history, folks, and you do not want to miss it. So tie up your horse, hang your cowboy hat on the rack by the door, relax for awhile and enjoy the show. I know I'll be watching it, and I'll be watching the rest of their Wild West series, too!


queenbean said...

That's always been a mystery to me - the pardoning of Billy. Its like he was a true folk hero even though he was obviously a born killer. Remember the "Double Eagle" saloon and brothel where he was supposed to have resided from time to time in New Mexico?

Darla Sue Dollman said...

I don't think he is viewed in the same way one might appreciate the heroism of a returning war veteran, but as a folk hero, I think he is appreciated for the drama he brings to stories of the Old West. It's also possible people sympathize with the difficulties he encountered in life.

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