The Killing of Jesse James – St Joseph, Missouri, 3 April 1882

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Jesse James, outlaw, bank robber, train robber and murderer, was gunned down at his home in St Joseph, Missouri, on 3 April 1882.

Aged only 34, James was shot in the back of the head by Bob Ford, who was a fellow member of the James’ Gang – Ford was looking to claim the $5,000 reward that had been set on James (interestingly, there was a massive reward on Ford, too)

The story of the trial, conviction, sentence and full pardon of Bob Ford is a jaw-dropping story in itself.

So to mark the day, here are two newspaper stories from 1882 that report on this famous episode in American history.

historical newspaper report about the killing of jesse james

Dundee Courier – Monday 24 April 1882

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historical newspaper report about the killing of jesse james

Portsmouth Evening News – Saturday 22 April 1882

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000290/18820422/020/0002

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