On June 3, 1871, the American outlaw Jesse James robbed $15,000 from Obocock Bank. Jesse was somewhat of a career criminal, having once served as a Confederate guerilla in the US Civil war. During this time, he sharpened his banditry skills, often robbing banks. He would also attach trains as they were used to transport the most valuable goods.
Jesse James could not have pulled all the heists he took part in alone. He worked with a gang they fondly named the James-Younger Gang. Jesse’s brother Frank was a member of the gang and a few other criminal associates. Jesse James evaded capture for more than 15 years despite his repeated illegal activities.
On September 5, 1847, Jesse James was born in Kearney, Missouri, to father Robert S James and mother Zeralda Cole James. The authorities never caught him during his long criminal career. Robert Ford, a member of the James-Younger gang, shot Jesse James in the back of the head for the bounty promised for Jesse James’ capture or killing.
- Jesse’s first heist was a surprise train attack that left 150 people dead. The James Younger gang helped accomplish the theft on September 27, 1864.
- On June 3, 1871, James and his gang of criminals robbed Obocock Bank in Iowa of $15,000.
- The gang’s last robbery was on July 7, 1875. They picked a train in Otterville, Missouri.
- Jesse James would get married in 1874 to his cousin Zeralda Mimms who would remarry twice after Jesse James was shot.
- It took 15 years before Jesse James was finally caught.