Just when you thought DNA testing had dispelled the age-old rumor that Jesse James lived up to his legend by getting away with his own 1882 murder comes a fresh, new book proving otherwise – Jesse James – The Smoking Gun (978-0615563794, paperback, 344 pages, 6 X 9, $19.00).
Everything you will read in this book will surprise you and the photographic evidence will convince you. Utilizing modern facial recognition techniques and current research Betty Dorsett Duke focuses on recently discovered photographic evidence that did what neither fraudulent 1995 DNA testing nor the famed Pinkerton Detective Agency were able to do – capture Jesse James. The author makes a carefully crafted case that the legendary Jesse James didn’t die by the hand of Bob Ford by painstakingly removing lore and legend and replacing it with scientific facts and hard evidence. Everyone wants the handsome outlaw hero to win in the end, and this book proves Jesse James did just that and died the gentleman farmer in Texas.
What makes this book different is that the author, Jesse James’ great-granddaughter, approaches the story from an insider’s point of view showing her family story and old family photographs coincide with the historically accepted version of the famous outlaw’s life through the Civil War. During the author’s seventeen year quest to determine her true lineage she has published two other books on this controversial subject, Jesse James Lived & Died In Texas (1998) and The Truth About Jesse James (2007). These books are taken so seriously by the “Jesse James powers that be” that they threatened her life, as well as the lives of her family, to protect their vested interests.