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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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American Experience

Now here’s a nice comment from the blog of American Experience Production Assistant, Tory Starr:

“The new book The Smoking Gun, written by a woman claiming to be Jesse James’ great-granddaughter, claims that Robert Ford did not kill Jesse James. Supported with photographic proof, the book demonstrates how Jesse James pulled off one of the biggest bluffs in American history by faking his own murder in 1882, fleeing to Texas and dying there as James L. Courtney.”

Source: American Experience, 2011 Wild West Headlines

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