Friday, December 23, 2011

Just days from being hanged for murder, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the latest in a long line of daring escapes. Just a few weeks later, the notorious young outlaw was gunned down. Demonized by the lawman who killed him, the Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime-store romances and later, big-screen dramas. Deconstruct the mythology of the notorious outlaw in BILLY THE KID: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET. PBS (Check local listings).