Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 11  Num. 38
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Bibliography and Partial List of Sworn Statements

(From: Jesse James Was One Of His Names by Del Schrader, with Jesse James III. Arcadia, California: Santa Anita Press, 1975. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 74-33962)

Jesse James Rides Again, 1948, by Frank Hall and Lindsey Whitten. Covers "emergence" of Jesse W. James in Lawton, Oklahoma, May 19, 1948. Strong documentation to prove J. Frank Dalton really was Jesse W. James.

"I Rode With Quantrill," August, 1937, Rocky Mountain News, by J. Frank Dalton. Story deals chiefly with Frank and Jesse James. Dalton says, "My name today isn't exactly what it was the day I enlisted under Quantrill's black flag."

"Double Life of Jesse James." The National Police Gazette, March, 1951. "Privileged and confidential information truly reveals that 'Dalton' is Jesse James."

Columnist Robert Ruark. In three national columns the late author wrote, "J. Frank Dalton is the real Jesse W. James." (1948)

Aunt Cora's Letters. She was Cora James Anderson, who died a few years ago [ca. 1972] in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a daughter of Jesse W. James by a Sioux Indian woman. Highly educated, she knew all the facts of her father's "lost years."

"Who Lies Buried in Jesse James' Grave?" Real West Magazine, January, 1967, by Dr. W.D. Chesney. States Jesse James was not killed in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1882. Cites medical evidence of the corpse which was buried.

The Lost Cause, a book published by J.L. James in 1961, states St. Joseph ["death" of Jesse James] was a "hoax." Tells about Jesse W. James' war record and has quotes from JWJ.

The Day Lincoln Was Shot by Jim Bishop. Gives screwball background of actor John Wilkes Booth, which coincides with Confederate Underground secret records. Bishop has Booth dying in a Virginia barn.

This Was Frank James by Sarah Vaughn Snow, 1969, who was a daughter of Frank James. She casts serious doubts that Jesse James, her uncle, was gunned down in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1882.

Notorious Ladies of the Frontier by Harry S. Drago, 1969. He covers "emergence" of Jean Hickock McCormick in 1941, which coincides with James family records.

Search Magazine, September 1968. Editor Ray Palmer helped in identification of J. Frank Dalton as Jesse W. James in 1948.

True Magazine, September, 1947, ran photo of Jesse, Frank James and their Kentucky mother which was so identified. The old photo was found in a cabin near Bottomless lake, New Mexico, in 1940s by man named Yourkes.

Jesse James the Outlaw by Henry Walker.

The Truth About Jesse James by Phyllis Argall.

Jesse James Was My Neighbor by Homer Croy.

Jesse James Was His Name by William A. Settle, Jr.

The Complete Authentic Life of Jesse James by Carl Breihan.

The Private Papers by Jesse James III.

"Jesse James Alive in 1949," by George McGrath. Police Gazette, April 1950.

"More Proof -- Murder of Jesse James a Hoax," by George McGrath. Police Gazette, August 1950.

Cow By The Tail by Jesse James Benson.

List of Sworn Statements (Sample)

Fulton County, Georgia, December 31, 1948, by Young Mathis. His mother and Jesse W. James' mother were first cousins. Identified Jesse W. James.

Lawton, Oklahoma, May 19, 1948. All Jennings, reformed outlaw: "It's him. That's the face. My word of honor."

Escambia County, Florida, October 26, 1948, by Joseph L. Hines, who was Jesse R. (Dingus) James, JWJ's first cousin: "He is the real Jesse W. James alright. I would know him anywhere. He pulled the biggest deal of all time in St. Jo., Missouri, April 3, 1882. I know all about it."

County of Alameda, California, Feb. 5, 1949, by Florence Corbett, daughter of "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, the heavyweight champion, who was a first cousin of Jesse W. James. "I positively identify this man as Jesse James who once stayed with us for more than 11 months near Mooringsport along the Texas-Louisiana border."

Jackson County, Georgia, Dec. 16, 1948, by Harvey Devereaux James, 87, a second cousin of Jesse W. James. "After talking to him about happenings of the past, I'm sure this man is Jesse W. James."

Logan County, Oklahoma, July 27, 1948, by R.E. James, 87: "I am a second cousin of Jesse W. James... am convinced after talking with him he is the real JWJ."

Logan County, Oklahoma, July 27, 1948, by Eugene E. Robertson: "I worked for Frank James, 1910-1912, and he often told me his brother, Jesse W. James, was still alive and would come within 24 hours if need be."

Franklin County, Missouri, April 25, 1951, by Orrington Lucas, 94: "I knew Frank and Jesse James well as a youth. I swear this white-bearded old gunman to be Jesse W. James."

Escambia County, Florida, Oct. 26, 1948, by Eliza, Jon and William E. Thompson: "We are grandchildren of Harriet James, oldest sister of Frank and Jesse James, and we are convinced this man is Jesse W. James."

Houston County, Texas, May 7, 1948, by Mary M. James: "This is the same man who visited us in Lufkin, Texas, when I was 10. He was using the alias of Jesse Redmond then."

Logan County, Oklahoma, June 9, 1952, by Emma Hardy Norman: "In the winter of 1892 Frank and Jesse James visited our home in Greenbriar, Arkansas., and I believe this old man to be Jesse James."

Henry County, Missouri, Oct. 27, 1948, by James Howard Wells: "My father, J.H. Wells, knew Jesse W. James, and 'J. Frank Dalton' has answered my questions correctly. I am convinced he is the real Jesse W. James."

Los Angeles County, California, Dec. 4, 1948, by James D. Fay: "The way he answered all the questions I put to him, some of them back to 1864, caused me to firmly believe he is the real Jesse James."

Forest County, Wisconsin, June 17, 1950, by George Washington Gibson: "I have never forgotten him, nor could I mistake anyone else for him now."

County of El Paso, Colorado, Aug. 7, 1959, by Henry Perry Ross: "My father went to school with the Missouri Jesse and Frank James and Kentucky Dr. Frank James and his younger brother, Jesse James. Long after Jesse W. James was presumed killed in St. Joseph, Missouri, 1882, he came to see and visit my dad almost every summer."

El Paso County, Colorado, June 7, 1960, by John Gibson: "My father was born a slave. Negroes of their day saw to it that nobody sneaked up on Jesse or Frank James. They were fine white men and helped out many poor colored folks. The last time I saw Jesse W. James was at the Happy Hollow Shooting Gallery at Hot Springs, Arkansas, and his grandson, Jesse James III was with him. This was probably in the 1920s. It was the real Jesse W. James who revealed himself in Lawton, Oklahoma, in May, 1948."

County of El Paso, Colorado, Oct. 31, 1960, by Willard Olive: "The very first money I ever got was from Jesse James, a silver dollar, back in about 1896, 14 years after he was supposedly killed in Missouri. I never knew Jesse any place but in North Dakota, but I'd know him anywhere."

County of El Paso, Colorado, June 29, 1959, by Reverend Charles P. Cruts: "In the early 1920s Jesse James used to come to old Colorado City every summer. We knew he had not died as historians said."

County of El Paso, Colorado, May 28, 1960, by Reverend William Curtis: "My father and uncle worked for Jesse and Frank James, long after Jesse was presumed shot in the back. All our lives members of our family kept Jesse's secret. We have seen him many times through the years. He is what he says he is -- Jesse W. James."

County of El Paso, Colorado, Dec. 29, 1960, by George Martinez: "When I lived in New Mexico near Taos I knew Jesse W. James and Billy the Kid, long after they were supposed to be killed."

County of El Paso, Colorado, Dec. 31, 1959, by Frank Curtis: "I'm a Negro who was with Jesse W. James on June 25, 1876, when he passed out new repeating rifles to the Indians who killed Custer. I knew John Trammell, Lucky Johnson, etc. I know a lot of secrets of J.W. James. He lived to be 107."

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