Billy The Kid Pardoned 130 Years Later

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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.”

UPDATE: Governor Bill Richardson announced Friday Dec. 31 that he had decided not to pardon Billy "The Kid" Taylor, going against many reports to the contrary.   

 

Guests:

Mark Lee Gardner

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Selena Airheart

Wasn't Billy the Kid's real name William Bonney?

Jan. 12 2011 07:02 PM

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