On April 3, 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back of the head by a friend.
With friends like that…
The “trusted” friend was Bob Ford, one of the James’ gang members.
In secret, Ford had had negotiated with Missouri Governor, Thomas Crittenden, and was hoping to collect a reward.
Politicians, who can trust ’em?
Jesse James. even today, is portrayed as a Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor.
There’s no evidence that this was ever the case. James, and his brother Frank, were bitter ex-Confederates who robbed banks, coaches, and trains.
Jesse was a Baptist preacher’s kid. Knowing a thing or two about the life of a PK, I thought I might have sympathy for the bandit.
But, that’s just not the case.
James and his gang were criminals, murderers; amoral men who were above the law.
Bob Ford, a member of the gang, took advantage of an unusual opportunity to kill Jesse James.
James was unarmed for one of the few times in his life. Legend has it that before leaving the house, James stood on a chair to straighten a picture, and Ford shot him in the back of the head.
Still, James is considered a hero to some.
But, he wasn’t. He was part of a brotherhood of betrayal, and was betrayed by one of his own.