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Antonio González Pacheco

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Billy el Niño
Antonio González Pacheco

(1946-10-10)10 October 1946
Died7 May 2020(2020-05-07) (aged 73)
Madrid, Spain
OccupationPolice inspector

Antonio González Pacheco (10 October 1946 – 7 May 2020), known also as Billy the Kid (Billy el Niño[1][2]), was a Spanish police inspector in Francoist Spain who was charged with 13 counts of torture and sought for extradition by an Argentine judge in 2014.[3] María Romilda Servini had called for the indictment.[4] The request for extradition was refused by the Spanish High Court on the basis that the statute of limitations had run out on the accusation against him.[5]

He competed in a half-marathon in Madrid in 2010.[6]

He previously had a pension that was 1.5 times larger than the usual one and he had four medals of honour, which was revealed by a report from the Ministry of the Interior in 2018.[7] That year interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska began efforts to determine whether the state can terminate the honours and pensions.[8]


He died on 7 May 2020 from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain at the age of 73.[9]

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  1. ^ Heras, Jesus de las (7 June 1979). "González Pacheco, alias "Billy el Niño", un policía estrella". El País.
  2. ^ «Facing His Torturer as Spain Confronts Its Past». The New York Times. 6 April 2014.
  3. ^ Rafael, Patricia; Yardley, Jim (30 April 2014). "No Extradition for Franco-Era Police Inspector". The New York Times. Madrid. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Argentina calls for extradition of Francoists over human rights abuses". The Guardian. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Argentina asks Spain to arrest 20 Franco-era officials". BBC News. BBC. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ Hamilos, Paul (8 October 2013). "Alleged Franco torturer found living, and running, peacefully in Madrid". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  7. ^ Junquera, Natalia (26 June 2018). "Franco-era cop accused of torture has four medals that fatten his pension by 50%". El País. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  8. ^ Junquera, Natalia (15 June 2018). "Minister moves to strip notorious Franco-era torturer of extra pension". El País. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  9. ^ Gómez, Pedro; Gil Tro, Toni (7 May 2020). "Muere el torturador del franquismo Billy el Niño por coronavirus". La Sexta Noticias (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 January 2024.