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Birth of an outlaw

Posted in Anniversary, Law, Legend on Thursday, 26 August 2010

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picture, A reward poster for Jesse James

A reward poster for Jesse James. Illustration by John Keay

5 September marks the anniversary of the birth of American outlaw Jesse James in 1847. Born in Clay County, Missouri, James was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, after which he turned to crime. As a member of various gangs he robbed banks, stagecoaches and trains, at his most active in 1866 and 1876. A botched bank robbery that latter year resulted in the capture or death of a number of the James-Younger gang. James continued to live the life of a criminal until 1882 when he was killed by Robert Ford, a member of his gang who was hoping to collect the reward on James’ head.

picture, A train robbery in the old Wild West

A train robbery in the old Wild West

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