killing of the outlaw
Jesse James did little or nothing to put an end to train
robberies in the state of Missouri. After a daring train
robbery just outside of Kansas City in 1898 the usual
suspects were suspected, and this time the name Jesse James,
Jr., was thrown into the mix.
age of 23, the son of the bandit was a popular, handsome
young man with a reputation as an honest, hard worker. Had
he decided to follow in his infamous father's footsteps
after all, or was this just another chance for a railroad
detective and a prosecutor to "get themselves a James" in a
county that had never successfully prosecuted a train
robbery case in its history?
events of this true story as they unfolded, in the words of
the reporters who covered the case and in the words of the
James family, who thought the days of persecution on account
of their names were long behind them.
Includes a four-chapter excerpt from the book, "Jesse James,
My Father," written by Jesse James, Jr.