Lost photo of Jesse James & Robert Ford is found, authenticated

Lost photo of Jesse James & Robert Ford

Lost photo of Jesse James & Robert Ford

The only part I disagree with is when they say Robert Ford was his assassin. Jesse wasn’t assassinated.  The man who was assassinated was passed off as Jesse.

“Lois Gibson, forensic artist and analyst for the Houston Police Department, claims Wednesday she’d identified an image of one of America’s most notorious outlaws, Jesse James.

Now an undated tintype photo, purportedly of James seated beside his one-time partner and eventual killer Robert Ford, could bring some serious big bucks to the farming family who turned it in.

James is a legendary icon of Western folklore.  Read more here:  Lost Photo of Jesse James & Robert Ford

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Looking Back

Author and Jesse James descendant Betty Dorsett Duke at the 2001 James Younger Gang meeting in San Angelo where she shut down one of her main detractors…that was a fine day.

San Angelo shootout

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Looking Back

Looking back over the years with Mom, watching her research and write three books proving that Jesse James faked his death and lived the remainder of his life on a farm in Texas.  Here’s some photos from an interview several years ago with Mom (Betty Dorsett Duke) and former Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr done by TV producer, news anchor and investigative reporter, Bill Kurtis regarding the outlaw Jesse James. This was at the Mustang Cafe in Dallas, TX about a year or two before Waggoner Carr passed away.

Bill Kurtis' Interview with Betty Dorsett Duke and Waggoner Carr  regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis’ interview with author Betty Dorsett Duke and former Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing Betty Dorsett Duke regarding Betty's great grandfather, Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing author Betty Dorsett Duke regarding Betty’s great grandfather, Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing former Texas Attorney General, Waggoner Carr regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis Interviewing former Texas Attorney General, Waggoner Carr regarding Jesse James

Bill Kurtis, Betty Dorsett Duke & Waggoner Carr talking over lunch at the Mustang Cafe in Dallas, TX

Bill Kurtis, Betty Dorsett Duke & Waggoner Carr talking over lunch at the Mustang Cafe in Dallas, TX

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In Memory of Betty Dorsett Duke

Betty Dorsett Duke

My mother, my hero and best friend, Betty Gail Dorsett Duke passed away at the age of 68 on August 29, 2015, in Temple, Bell County, Texas.

Betty was the author of three historical non-fiction books proving that the outlaw Jesse James was her great-grandfather and that he didn’t die as history reported. She was also an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother.

Her work will be continued through her son Daniel and her daughter Teresa.

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Who was William T. Anderson’s friend, F.M.R.?

FMR Flag

When William T. Anderson (aka Bloody Bill) was reported to have been killed, a friend known only as F.M.R. placed a flag on the body with the inscription “Let it not be contaminated by Federal hands.”  Author, Betty Dorsett Duke reveals the likely identity of F.M.R. along with several other illuminating finds.

Read HereWilliam T. Andersons Friend F.M.R.

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Photographs Capture Jesse James

After fifteen years of trying to prove to the world that Jesse James got away with his own
1882 murder and lived on in Texas as James L. Courtney, a photograph I had the good fortune of
winning on eBay in 2010 literally told the story without one word having to be uttered or typed.

See full story and photos here:  Photographs Capture Jesse James

James Family / Blevins, Texas

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Paper Trail Leads to Jesse James

A James family genealogist told me that the age-old mystery of Jesse James’ true fate could
be solved by following his paper trail. I doubted what she said at first but have since learned she
was right! In 1999 I failed to obtain a court order to exhume my paternal great-grandfather’s
grave (mainly due to lack of evidence) for DNA testing to determine his true identity. He was
known as James L. Courtney in Texas but according to old family stories he was really Jesse
James, America’s most famous outlaw.

This article only reports a fraction of the genealogical information that made me a believer in
genealogy and paper trails. Besides genealogical evidence I, with the help of others, have
amassed pictorial evidence that literally shows the man known in Texas as James L. Courtney
was really Jesse James. Then there’s his 1871 diary that he signed, “J. James” and “James L.
Courtney”, and mentioned historically recognized members of the James Gang. There’s a
preponderance of evidence that he was Jesse James, yet scientific DNA testing taken under strict
chain of custody guidelines, is needed to provide the ultimate identification proof…and it is
currently underway.  Read More Here:  Shelton_Connection_To_The_James_Family

© Betty Dorsett Duke 3/8/2014

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