Interesting Facts About Jesse Woodson James: The top infamous criminal

Jesse Woodson James (1847-1882) was very famous for being a top criminal. He fearlessly robbed banks and trains. Having made a big name for himself while Jesse was alive as an extremely dangerous criminal who could commit terrible crimes including the dismembering and scalping of bodies, he would eventually become legendary after his death.
On December 7th, 1869, the 22-year-old Jesse James undertook a robbery at the Daviess County Savings Association Bank in Gallatin, Missouri, where he killed the cashier.
That particular crime, while far from Jesse’s first violence act, led him to be considered a criminal for the first very time in the newspapers and even prompted the governor of the state to give rewards for the capture of Jesse and his older brother, Frank, who was also alleged to have participated in the robbery.
Giving up his crime life, he decided to take his family to live near his childhood home and sought help from the Ford Brothers whom he considered trustworthy. At no time did James thought the Fords would betray him, but they did and killed Jesse James in his home.
Jesse was so famous that many people visited his home to view his corpse before being laid to rest. Over the next several years, until he died in 1882, Jesse Woodson James would become one of most infamous bandits in America, sticking up stagecoaches, trains, and banks. Check out these interesting facts about the legendary outlaw.
1. Jesse created an alliance with the founder and editor of The Kansas City Star, who then published letters from Jesse which proclaimed his innocence. The editor always wrote positive editorials about him which portrayed him more as a noble person than an outlaw.
2. James remains were exhumed. After the death of James, there was some speculation that he might have faked his death and perhaps someone else was buried in his grave. With time, several many men began claiming to be Jesse.
In 1995, researchers pursuing to resolve the big question of who was buried in the grave of James decided to exhume his alleged remains from Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney, Missouri; those remains had been relocated there in 1902 from the initial burial location on the family farm. After carrying out the DNA testing, scientists made a conclusion that the exhumed remains were almost indeed those of the 19th-century criminal.
3. He had serval identities and aliases. Some recognized nicknames included William Campbell (a Texas cattleman), John. D. Howard, Thomas Howard, and Charles Lawson “of Nottingham, England” (there’s still some speculation regarding whether or not James would’ve managed to pull off a perfect English accent).
His son Jesse James, Jr., who was convinced that his name was Tim Howard till after the death of his father, even remembered that James sometimes walked with a limp and a cane as a form of disguise.
4. Jesse James was a son of a preacher. Born in Clay County, Missouri, on Sept. 5th, 1847, Jesse James was the son of Zerelda Cole James, his mother and Robert James, his father who was a slave-owning hemp farmer and Baptist minister who helped in establishing William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.
In 1850, Robert visited California to preach to those who lived in the gold mining camps; but, shortly after arriving he fell sick and eventually passed away. Zerelda and her kids—Jesse, younger sister, Susan and his brother and future partner-in-crime, Frank, —were all thrown into dangerous financial straits.
In 1852, Zerelda married a rich, old man and started living with him, but he didn’t like the children of James, so they were forced to live with a different family. Zerelda shortly quitted the marriage and went back to the farm of her first husband with her kids.
When she married for the third time, in 1855, her husband, with whom she would’ve for more kids, relocated to the farm. After Jesse and Frank grew up to become criminals, Zerelda, who was known as iron-willed, offered them full support.