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  • Billy the Kid: American Experience

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Billy the Kid Preview | PBS

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Program: Billy the Kid: American Experience

On April 28, 1881, twenty-one-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, just days from being hanged for murder, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the latest in a long line of daring escapes. An outlaw with a deadly reputation, the young man was finally gunned down by an ambitious sheriff just a few weeks later; his capture and death was front page news. The Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime store novels and big-screen dramas but, in all the tellings, Billy the Kid's real story has been obscured. This new biography tells the real story of the skinny orphan boy who became the most wanted man in the West. Learn more: www.pbs.org

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Post Date: January 4, 2012