Billy the Kid

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Billy the Kid

Postby sledge » Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:15 pm

Henry McCarty, better known as Billy the Kid, also William H. Bonney (reportedly November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881), was a 19th century American frontier outlaw and gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War. According to legend, he killed 21 men, but he is generally accepted to have killed between four and nine.

McCarty (or Bonney, the name he used at the height of his notoriety) was 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm) to 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) tall with blue eyes, a smooth complexion and prominent front teeth. He was said to be friendly and personable at times, and many recalled that he was as "lithe as a cat". These qualities, along with his cunning and celebrated skill with firearms, contributed to his paradoxical image, as both a notorious outlaw and beloved folk hero.

Relatively unknown during his own lifetime, he was catapulted into legend the year after his death when his killer, Sheriff Pat Garrett, along with co-author M.A. "Ash" Upson, published a sensationalistic biography titled The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid. Beginning with Garrett's account, Billy the Kid grew into a symbolic figure of the American Old West

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Do you consider him an outlaw or some kind of anti hero?
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No posthumous pardon for Billy the Kid

Postby sledge » Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:21 pm

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced he would not issue a posthumous pardon for Billy the Kid, the most infamous of the Wild West outlaws shot dead by a lawman 129 years ago.

Mr Richardson has said he has been investigating Billy the Kid since he first took office, especially reports that territorial governor Lew Wallace 130 years ago had promised to pardon him.

But on his last day as governor, Mr Richardson opted not to pardon the legendary outlaw.

"I have decided not to pardon Billy the Kid because of a lack of conclusiveness, and also the historical ambiguity as to why governor Wallace reneged on his pardon," Mr Richardson announced on American ABC television.

Earlier, Mr Richardson had also said requests for such posthumous pardons "must be fully vetted and investigated by the appropriate agencies to ensure that I do the right thing for those who request clemency as well as the citizens of New Mexico."

The legend of Billy the Kid - real name William H Bonney, although also known as Henry McCarty and Henry Antrim - has inspired dozens of books and films, several impostors and attempts to exhume his grave to test for DNA.

He is believed to have murdered at least four people, and likely more. Some experts put the number killed by the outlaw at 21.

Some say Mr Wallace, who wrote the novel Ben Hur from the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, promised to pardon Bonney, who was shot down by Sheriff Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881, when the legendary gunslinger was about 20 years old.

But Mr Garrett's grandchildren opposed granting a pardon, saying it would amount to painting Mr Garrett as a cold-blooded killer, "accusing our grandfather, in national and international media, of hideous crimes."

Various fans of the Billy the Kid legend have pushed for the pardon for more than a decade, including Elbert Garcia of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, who believes he is the great-grandson of the gunman.

Mr Richardson, a former US energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations - who travelled to North Korea this month on his latest diplomatic mission - is stepping down after two terms as governor of the south-western US state.

Susana Martinez, who takes over as governor of New Mexico on Saturday, said recently she viewed the proposed pardon a waste of time.

Mr Richardson acknowledged talking about the legend was a likely plus for tourism in the US state.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 104648.htm

No Posthumous pardon for Billy the kid yet or ever. Do you think he should be pardon?
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