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Jesse James was a bank and train robber in the American Old West, best known as the leading member of the James-Younger gang of outlaws.
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After Governor Crittenden of Missouri put together a reward fund to capture the James brothers, Robert and Charlie Ford turned traitor to bring in Jesse James.
After tiring of robbing banks, Jesse James and his gang turned their attention to trains which usually carried large shipments of money.
At a time when bank robberies were an uncommon occurrence, Jesse James became one of the first individuals to do so.
American outlaw, robber and legendary figure Jesse Woodson James was born on September 5, 1847, in Kearney, Missouri.
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After breakfast on April 3, 1882, Jesse turned to straighten a picture on a wall of his home, and Bob shot Jesse in the back of the head. Jesse died instantly at age 34. People in Missouri were outraged at the method used to capture him and considered it a cowardly assassination. Within three months, Frank surrendered to Crittenden. The juries would not convict on the meager evidence, so Frank resumed a quiet life.
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