A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The shocking story of Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924.
The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president, and his assassination by a deluded madman.
"I have the authority to exempt you from prosecution," Wallace wrote in a letter in 1878 to Billy the Kid, "if you will testify to what you know." The following month, the Kid appeared in front of a Lincoln grand jury; his testimony helped law enforcement charge 50 more men with murder and other crimes related to the Lincoln County War.
Yet following the trial, McCarty's petitions to Wallace went unanswered. When the local district attorney refused to drop the charges against the Kid, he fled Lincoln County. "I don't think Lew Wallace gave a damn about Billy the Kid," says writer Michael Wallis in the film.
More than a century later, Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico announced his intention to research a potential pardon for Billy the Kid, causing a major controversy.
My American Experience
The trial of Leopold and Loeb captured Americans' attention across the country in 1924. What crime do you think was the most sensational of the 20th century?
In February and March 2016, American Experience has three new documentaries premiering on PBS. The newest addition to our award-winning Presidents Collection, Murder of a President, premieres on February 2 at 9/8c. The following week, on February 9, our documentary about the infamous 1924 trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, The Perfect Crime, will premiere at 9/8c. On March 1 at 9/8c, Space Men dives into the story of the first Americans to explore the outer reaches of our atmosphere -- by balloon. Watch this synopsis with commentary from Executive Producer Mark Samels.