Billy the Kid: Pardoned After 130 Years

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The article entitled "The Thug's Territory" detailed a pardon deal between "Billy the Kid" and the governor (St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat, May 16, 1881)

As one of his final acts in office, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson says he will pardon the man known as "Billy the Kid," delivering one of America’s best known criminals the pardon he had anticipated for much of his life. The move comes a mere 130 years after the gunslinger’s death. We speak with author/historian Mark Lee Gardener, and discuss why Richardson might want to make such a public pardon to a historical criminal, and ask why the prospect of a pardon is causing such a stir.

Mark recently wrote the book “To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garret.”


Mark Lee Gardner

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Jillian Weinberger

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