The series follows acclaimed storyteller and local historian Bil Lepp as he travels off the beaten path across the country to discover the truth behind mysteries and legends of American history. Each episode sees Bil investigate, decode and debunk iconic subjects and figures like Billy the Kid, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Houdini and more. Whether speaking to experts, handling artifacts or testing historical weapons, Bil will work to determine if the story in question was fact, fiction or somewhere in-between.
Season 1, Episode 01 – “Billy the Kid’s Great Escape”
Images of the Wild West are inscribed in the American DNA. We’ve been raised on tales of cowboys with great nicknames dueling it out and then riding off into the sunset. We’ve consumed so much fiction about the Wild West, it’s time to get down to the facts. In search of the truth, Bil Lepp, puts Billy the Kid’s famous escape to the test, attempts Annie Oakley’s most difficult shot and investigates the validity of the “Tombstone Thunderbird.