Thursday, April 3, 2008
This picture shows the Outlaw Jesse James, after being killed by Robert Ford. Robert Ford gunned down Jesse James on this day, April 3, 1882.
Jesse James had moved to Saint Joseph, Missouri, and intended to retire from the outlaw life. He did want to do one last job, and rob the Platte City bank. In order to do the job, he let the brothers Robert and Charles Ford join the gang. They decided, however, that they would betray James, kill him, and collect the reward.
Ford was living with Jesse James, and on the morning of April 3, the Fords were in the living room with Jesse. Jesse noticed dust on a picture, and walked over to clean it. He was not wearing a gun. Robert took advantage of this situation, and shot Jesse in the back of the head.
Ford turned himself in, and was charged and convicted of murder. Shortly before he was to be hung, he was pardoned by the Governor of Missouri.