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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?"
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.