American Experience

Now here’s a nice comment from the blog of American Experience Production Assistant, Tory Starr:

“The new book The Smoking Gun, written by a woman claiming to be Jesse James’ great-granddaughter, claims that Robert Ford did not kill Jesse James. Supported with photographic proof, the book demonstrates how Jesse James pulled off one of the biggest bluffs in American history by faking his own murder in 1882, fleeing to Texas and dying there as James L. Courtney.”

Source: American Experience, 2011 Wild West Headlines

Author: Jesse

The Truth about America's most famous 'Old West' Outlaw, Jesse James. Jesse tried to fake his death in 1879 and it didn't work too well, but in 1882 he turned an unfortunate turn of events to his favor and lived the rest of his life on a farm in Blevins, Texas.

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