Jesse James is Dead! On April 3, 1882, a bullet fired by Bob Ford from a Smith & Wesson .44 revolver ended the life of Jesse James, notorious badman. Since then, the James story has grown into a full-blown American legend. Here is the dramatic, day-by-day account of the gunman’s lawless adventures—which to some held the bravura of a Robin Hood and to others were wanton banditry—right up to the blood-curdling moment when Jesse is shot down dead in his own parlor. Now, for the first time, new material—drawn from authentic letters, old newspapers, and the personal remembrances of the James family, neighbors, and friends—casts a fascinating light on the motives and deeds of the entire James gang.
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"Jesse James," said Carl Sandburg, "is the only American bandit who is classical, who is to this country what Robin Hood or Dick Turpin is to England, whose exploits are so close to the mythical and apocryphal." For this definitive study no significant source of information concerning Jesse James and his brother Frank has been neglected, and from it emerges resolution of the debated point: "Were the Jameses common criminals or gallant Robin Hoods?"
Profiles the outlaw who, with his brother Frank, led a gang of bank and train robbers from the late 1860's through the 1870's.
Frank and Jesse James, the infamous brothers from Missouri, rode with marauding Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War. Having learned to kill and raid without compunction, they easily transitioned from rebels to outlaws after the war, robbing stagecoaches, banks and trains in Missouri and surrounding states. It was a botched bank robbery in Northfield, Minnesota, followed by an improbable escape through the Dakota Territory and Iowa, that elevated the James brothers from notorious criminals to legendary figures of American history and folklore.
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The story of Jesse James is shrouded in conflict. The conflict of the American Civil War and the conflict between those who saw a folk hero and those who saw a ruthless killer. This new collection brings together three classic biographies of the most infamous outlaw of the west.
The True Story of this KING of all-time Historical Outlaws is guaranteed to change the history books before the 21st Century has begun. On the Monday morning of April 3, 1882 the World renowned notorious Outlaw was shot at the age of 35 years old and instantly killed by The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, (c)2007. Or was he? Did he live another 70 years, until 1951 to hold his infant Great Grandson, Robert C. James, in his arms at age 104? What did Jesse do when he heard reports of his own death? Who was killed in his place? Was he a member of a Secret Society? Where is his gold? Where did he go, and what did he do? Where was he buried? Does it really matter that other people may want to know this information? The Second Legend involves adultery, inbreeding, a deathbed confession and a sojourn around the North and South American Continents of the World. The tale focuses on an outlaw who had been a "Robin Hood" type who spread his money around, especially to women in distress, in exchange for special favors, and then leaving babies in his dust. His legend certainly lives.
The Wild West has made legends out of many men after their deaths, but like Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James was a celebrity during his life. However, while Hickok was (mostly) a lawman, Jesse James was and remains the most famous outlaw of the Wild West, with both his life of crime and his death remaining pop culture fixtures. James and his notorious older brother Frank were Confederate bushwhackers in the lawless region of Missouri during the Civil War. Despite being a teenager, James was severely wounded twice during the war, including being shot in the chest, but that would hardly slow him down after the war ended. As he recuperated, some of the men he was known to associate with during the war robbed Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty, Missouri in 1866. While it's still unclear whether James was involved, he was soon conducting his own bank robberies. Young Jesse became notorious in 1869 after robbing the Daviess County Savings Association in Gallatin, Missouri, during which he murdered the bank cashier in the mistaken belief that the cashier was Union officer Samuel Cox. Despite being officially branded an outlaw, public resentment with government corruption and the banks helped turn James into a celebrated "Robin Hood" type of robber, despite the fact he never actually gave anyone money. Eventually James, his brother and their infamous gang became the most hunted outlaws in the country, but Jesse would famously be done in by the brother of his most trusted gang members. After Jesse moved in with the Ford brothers, Bob Ford began secretly negotiating turning in the famous outlaw to Missouri Governor Thomas Crittenden. On April 3, 1882, as the gang prepared for another robber, Jesse was famously shot in the back of the head by Bob Ford as he stood on a chair fixing a painting. While conspiracy theories have continued to linger that somehow James was not killed on that day, the Ford brothers would celebrate their participation in his murder, Bob himself would be murdered a few years later, and Jesse James's legacy had been ensured.
The classic and controversial account of the most famous train robber in the West.