The Lost Pardon of Billy the Kid
An Analysis Factoring in the Santa Fe Ring, Governor Lew Wallace's Dilemma, and A Territory in RebellionBook - 2017
A mystery in Old West history has been why Governor Lew Wallace never issued Billy Bonney aka Billy the Kid the pardon for his three Lincoln County War murder indictments, which Billy believed was promised in exchange for his giving Grand Jury testimony against Santa Fe Ring murderers. And lack of that pardon resulted in Billy’s hanging trial, jailbreak, and killing by Sheriff Pat Garrett as an outlaw on July 14, 1881. Was the pardon promise real, or merely Wallace’s trick of wording? Had Wallace reneged? Or had Wallace yielded to corrupt pressures? Was a pardon deserved? Did Wallace have legal power to grant that pardon? Did Billy fulfill his side of the pardon bargain? Why did Billy’s lawyer never make a formal pardon petition to Wallace? Who were the pardon’s opponents? Were others pardoned by Wallace for Lincoln County War indictments? Could the Secret Service have independently pardoned Billy? Why did Billy risk a pardon rejection, when simply leaving the Territory would have saved his life? Were others secretly involved in seeking his pardon? Why did Billy testify in a Court of Inquiry against a military commander, separate from the pardon bargain? Why has it taken so long to reveal the truth? Should there be a posthumous pardon? This book gives all the answers, and yields a revolutionary revision of Billy the Kid history.
Publisher: Albuquerque, NM : Gelcour Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xviii, 975 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: 364.1552 COO