The Last Ride of the James–Younger Gang: Jesse James and the by Sean McLachlan

By Sean McLachlan

История одной из самых известных банд Фрэнка и Джесси Джеймсов, которые прославились самыми дерзкими ограблениями банков и пострадали от собственной популярности.

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Every action by the James–Younger gang has gathered legends around it, and the Northfield raid is no exception. Since we’ve tried to assemble the most accurate narrative here, most such stories have been omitted, from the numerous “Jesse sightings” in the days leading up to the raid to a story of the gang’s elaborately equipped secret cave hideaway in Minnesota. One tale, however, is worth telling, because it’s the kind of story that enriches the folklore of the Wild West and maybe, just maybe, it’s true.

One Christmas his outlaw father dressed up as Santa Claus to surprise his children. When Jesse Jr. gave Santa a hug, he felt the guns under his costume and knew it was his father. The outlaw explained that Saint Nick was very busy and he was helping him out. Jesse Jr. went on to play his father in two unsuccessful silent films, later spliced together with narration added to make Jesse James under the Black Flag. He also wrote a memoir about his father, Jesse James, My Father. (Missouri State Archives) themselves.

In the end, Hoy’s bumbling didn’t matter, because a young boy’s alertness would lead to the capture of some of the outlaws before they killed again. Posses scoured all the area around the falls and, when it became apparent that the gang had slipped the noose yet again, set up pickets on all the roads, crossings, fords, and ferries to the west. General Pope changed his headquarters to the town of Lake Crystal to be close to the scene of the last sighting. As the fugitives struggled through the Big Woods, the James brothers decided to leave the rest of the gang.

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