Think you Know

Wait until you meet his Family . . .

 

Jesse James' great grandson, Judge James R. Ross, sentenced me to 10 years of hard labor.

 

"Why don't you write about the James family? Everyone writes about Frank & Jesse. No one ever writes about our family."

 

The problem was...

Behind the James family's wall of silence, the family had lost its identity and its history.

 

What followed was a decade of intense & costly research, that took me into countless county court houses, libraries, & research institutions across the breadth of America. I met with the families of the James, plus claimants who wanted to be related to the outlaw, & those who had no idea they were part of the Jesse James family at all.

 

Always standing behind me was Judge Ross, persistently asking, "What evidence do you have?"

 

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Author Eric F. James  with Judge James R. Ross, a great grandson of Jesse Woodson James. To the right is Stephen Leonard, a 2nd cousin of Quantrill Guerillas William Napoleon, Joel Rufus Hudspeth, and Benjamin J. Morrow  -  2002

NOW… Interviews with members of the Jesse James family; their own long hidden writings,  letters, and memoirs; plus 10 years of research recaptures the family who turned on its own.

 

Breaking 130 years of silence, the James family itself  finally reveals what no historain has  -  the very character and soul of  the James family, that also belonged to the family's outlaws.

 

- and WHY JESSE JAMES ENDURES AS A CULTURAL AMERICAN ICON - ERIC F. JAMES

 

The authors

10 years

of research.

 

 

 

Jesse James