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3 April 1882

Den amerikanske lovløse Jesse James ble drept i Saint Joseph i Missouri. Han var det mest berømte medlemmet av James-Younger-gjengen. Han var svært kjent i sin levetid, men ble med tiden en legendarisk figur etter sin død. Historikere i dag... Read more ...

3 April 1882

Jesse James ble drept
Den amerikanske lovløse Jesse James ble drept i Saint Joseph i Missouri. Han var det mest berømte medlemmet av James-Younger-gjengen. Han var svært kjent i sin levetid, men ble med tiden en legendarisk figur etter sin død. Historikere i dag plasserer ham inn i en kontekst der han heller sees på som en del av den regionale uroen som ble utført av eks-soldater som under den amerikanske borgerkrigen hadde kjempet for konføderasjonen enn en manifestasjon av lovløshet eller kamp for rettferdig økonomisk fordeling.

James-brødrene, Frank James og Jesse, var geriljasoldater for sørstatene under den amerikanske borgerkrigen og ble da beskyldt for å ha deltatt i grusomheter begått mot Unionsoldater. Etter krigen, som medlemmer av flere gjenger, utførte de mange bankran som ofte førte til drap på bankansatte eller tilskuere. De ranet også fraktevogner og tog.

Jesse ble skutt og drept av Bob Ford som var en av medlemmene i James' ranerliga. Ved anledningen bodde Bob og hans bror Charley Ford hjemme hos James i den hensikt å forberede et ran. De bodde der som hans nevøer, noe de ikke var. I følge Fords redegjørelse gav James mer eller mindre opp i sitt eget hjem da han forstod at Ford var der på oppdrag av guvernøren for å arrestere James i håp om å få en dusør. Jesse James tok av seg sitt revolverbelte (noe han aldri ellers gjorde) og stilte seg deretter for å pusse støv av et bilde, da Ford så sin sjanse og skjøt ham bakfra.

Selv om James ofte har blitt fremstilt, også før sin død, som en amerikansk Robin Hood som stjal fra de rike og gav til de fattige, er dette kun en myte. Hans ran beriket kun ham selv og hans gjeng.


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