Billy The Kid: American Experience Previous Broadcasts

KQED 9: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

On April 28, 1881, 21-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. The felling of one of the most notorious criminals of the age was instantly national news. First demonized by the lawman who killed him, he was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime store romances and big-screen dramas. But in all the tellings, Billy the Kid's real story has been obscured. Born to impoverished Irish immigrants, the Kid led a hardscrabble life that became harder still when his mother died of tuberculosis. He came of age in a lawless corner of New Mexico, where an Irish immigrant ring held a vice-like grip on all money-making endeavors and the Mexican population was frequently cheated out of their property without recourse to the courts. Caught in the middle of a many centuries old conflict, the Kid captured national attention with his reckless violence. His fascination with Mexican culture, his flair for Spanish and his disdain for the Anglo authorities made him a hero of sorts to the Hispanic community, who hid him when the law came looking and mourned him most when he was gone.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 15, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jan 15, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
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