“… Since the National Geographic program, «Billy the Kid: New Evidence» was broadcast last October, historians have established that there was no schoolhouse at the place and time the image was allegedly taken. The building in back of the croquet players is a wooden schoolhouse. The schoolhouse at that place was built in 1935 (and of adobe, not wood), more than 50 years after Billy died. Thus, no one knows where the tintype was taken.
Moreover, the Geographic employed a forensic expert to do a facial recognition analysis comparison between the boy in the croquet tintype and the authentic Billy tintype. He said said that even though the croquet boy’s face was « troublesome » and « blurry, » he thought there was a match, but — and this was a huge « but » — he added that if he were testifying in court, meaning under oath, he would « deny » there was a match. « Deny » was his word. With that one word he demolished the National Geographic’s argument…”