Friday, February 29, 2008

Jesse James’ House Tells No Tales

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If the walls of Jesse James’ house could talk, they’d say he was a pretty decent, normal guy.

Gary Chilcote is the manager and museum director of the house in which Jesse James was murdered on April 3, 1882, in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Even 126 years after the Wild West outlaw’s death, tourists still swarm the historic house to see the place where Jesse James died, and see the infamous hole in the wall made by the very bullet that killed James.

And while tourists visit with tall tales of James’ life on their minds, Chilcote steers clear of “fakelore” in the museum and says James was actually more normal than people think.

He says James wasn’t a very good bank robber and only made off with about $275,000 during his 15 years of holding up banks.

When James died, he wasn’t buried with millions of dollars like some believe, but instead had no money.

The local sheriff ended up selling some of the outlaw’s possessions for a measly $119, which was used to support his wife and kids.

Although James killed plenty of people in his lifetime, Chilcote says he was still a good father and husband, and died in his wife’s lap the day he was shot by the Ford Brothers.

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