Jesse Woodson James: Robin Hood

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Jesse James Criminal or “Robin hood” Jesse Woodson James was born on September 5, 1847 in Western Missouri. Jesse’s father, a Baptist minister, and his mother Zerelda Cole. Jesse had one brother Frank James and other half and step siblings. Jesse’s father died when he was a young boy and his mother remarried more than once. When Jesse was 17 he married a young girl, who was also his first cousin, named Zerelda Mimms. They had 2 children, Jesse Jr. and Mary. When Jesse was 14 years old, his brother Frank went off to fight in the war and joined the Quantrill’s Guerrillas. The Quantrill’s Guerrillas was a group of men from Missouri that formed a company of the Confederate Army. These men would hide in the bushes and woods and then ambush…show more content…
Then they split up: three waited by a nearby bridge, two others guarded the town square, and three more (including Jesse) walked into the bank. Once inside, they climbed over the counter, ordering the three employees to their knees. When the bank's bookkeeper told them the safe in the vault was on a time lock and couldn't be opened, they held a Bowie knife to his throat and cracked his skull with a pistol butt. But citizens outside had noticed the outlaws and begun arriving with guns. As shots rang out, Jesse and his comrades had to retreat. Several members of the gang would be cut down, others captured; in the end only Jesse and Frank would make it back the 500 miles to safety in Missouri. Their most ambitious operation ended in the greatest disaster. But before they left the bank that day, one of them, Frank or Jesse, did the one thing that more than any other defined their life of crime; he raised his revolver and shot the unarmed bookkeeper dead. A man by the name of Charlie Bigelow was calling himself Jesse James. This was causing a lot of attention to Jesse and his town that he didn’t want. So Jesse, Frank, Bob Ford, Charlie Ford and some of the member of the gang came up with a plan. Jesse was good family friends with the newly elected Governor of Missouri, Tom Crittenden.…show more content…
It hit many news paper articles and front pages. But 4 other men earlier in the 1900’s tried to play themselves off as Jesse James and the people who knew the truth disproved them. When Frank Dalton reveled himself to the world as Jesse James no one to this day has disproved him. There has been more proof that his man is Jesse James than there is saying its not. (Hall) There were 2 members of his gang left when he came out. Colonel James R. Davis of Tennessee and the James Gang cook John Trammell. When the authorities went to get these men, both of them acted like they didn’t know what they were talking about. Then when the authorities returned to Jesse angry, he just laughed and said, “I was just making sure they stood by there word”. Since 5 the members of the gang took an oath you had to have a password so that they would know it for real. Jesse told the m “the goose flies high”. Then men returned to Col. Davis and Mr. Trammell and said “the goose flies high” and both men in return said “everything is lovely! Where is Jesse?” They both went to Lawton were Jesse was at the time and talked to him and spent time with there old friend. Both testified that this man was Jesse W.

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