James and his brother Frank served for the Confederate Army before embarking on criminal livelihood in the Old West. The James brothers made a name for themselves as bank and train robbers, directing the James-Younger gang.
American outlaw, robber and celebrated figure Jesse Woodson James was born on September 5, 1847, in Kearney, Missouri.
Jesse and his brother Frank James were prepared and hailed from a prestigious family of farmers. In the summer of 1863, the James farm was viciously assaulted by Union soldiers.
Some historians accuse Jesse and Frank of being unkind to Union soldiers, while others claim that it was the savage treatment the brothers received that turned them into a life of crime. Either way, they rebelled against brutal postwar civil laws and took the law in their own control. They started robbing trains, stagecoaches and banks which were owned or run with a Northern association.
There continues to be conjecture the lads as well as their gangs were like Robin Hood, robbing the rich and giving to the poor, however there isn’t any evidence for it. Probably, they kept the cash for themselves. They stole an estimated $200,000. They were legends within their particular time, popular in Missouri for actively attempting to further the Confederate cause.
Jesse requested to alter a $100 bill, and believing the banker was responsible for the passing of Bloody Bill, shot the guy in one’s heart. Local papers labeled the activities vicious and bloodthirsty and called for the gang’s capture. From that robbery to the conclusion of the careers, members of the James Gang had a price on their heads, dead or alive.
In 1874, Jesse married his longtime love and first cousin, Zerelda, and had two kids. Both James brothers were known as great family men who loved their wives and spent time with their kids, however they nevertheless continued their life of crime.
Though shielded by their community, they were constantly on the move. Little did they realize that Governor Crittenden of Missouri had put together a compensation fund so big the Fords had turned traitor to earn it.
After breakfast on April 3, 1882, Jesse turned to straighten a photo on a wall of his house, and Bob shot Jesse in the rear of the head. Jesse died instantly at age 34. Men and women in Missouri were outraged in the system used to catch him and considered it a cowardly assassination. Within three months, Frank surrendered to Crittenden. The juries wouldn’t convict on the meager evidence, so Frank restarted a quiet life.