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They were commited to  their family, their friends, and their homeland. During the War between the States they suffered injustice; they somehow weathered unspeakable persecution. All they could do was grab life by the shirtfront and held on for all they were worth. Cole, Jim, John and Bob Younger knew sorrow and anguish, just as they came to know retribution and revenge.  The manifestation of their passion resulted in unique rewards of occasional large sums of money and a fame that has endured over a century. Yet along the way they paid a heavy price: the death of their friends and family members, the loss of their ability to experience life as free members of society, their self-respect and ultimately, their own young lives.

Included in interviews and correspondence, representing the Younger sisters, the James family and others closely involved in their story: Mildred Addy, Betty Barr, Thelma Barr, Ione Bowman, Claude Bronaugh, George Chadwick, Bessie Collins, Naohm Hoffman Coop, Carol Cooper, Sylvia Creek, Mary B.B. Crouch, Mary Withrow Davidson, Zudora Von Demfange, Milton E. Edmonson, Chris Edwards, Vera Eldridge, William Eldridge, Jean Forney, Delores Reed Fozzard, Edwin Grube,  Carl S. Hage, Harold Hage, Donald Hale, Carolyn Hall, Jack Hall, Margarette Hutchins, Charlene Johnson, Donald Lambkin, J.W. Lercher, Other MacLean, Leola O. Mayes, C.E. Miller, Richard Miller, John Mills, Ethelrose James Owens, Chuck Parsons, Milton Perry, Diana Peairs Rawlins, F. M. Rawlins, James R. Ross, Monika Scklore, Marjorie Settle, William A. Settle, Jr., Nora Lee Smith, June Spicer, Phillip Steele, Joseph Stevenson, William Talley, George Warfel, Ruth Whipple, Harriet Baird Wickstrom, Florence Wiley, Jack Wymore Ted P. Yeatman, John Younger, Dreat Younger, and Wilbur Zink


The focus on the celebrated band of outlaws shifts from folklore to fact to tell the true story of the legendary James-Younger Gang. In an unexpected twist, the Gang’s back-stories and adventures were frequently more amazing than the fictional accounts that abounded even during their lifetimes. Outlaws offers a unique glimpse into the lives of six tormented - and deadly - political activists.

Outlaws is complemented by 200 photographs, dozens unpublished and contributed by Younger family members or seen here for the first time. The places they lived, fought, robbed, and lived out their lives take us through their nomadic and turbulent lives. Portraits of the major players in the Younger story ~ their family, their friends, their conspirators, their enemies, their victims ~ make their fascinating story jump off the page and come alive.


Confederate guerilla. Bank robber. Cold blooded killer. Husband and father.  Through a portrait painted of a man obsessed with rebellion, loyalty, and an irrepressible need to be known, Jesse James emerges as a man who adamantly refused to believe that the War Between the States would ever be over.  From Jesse's complicated family roots, his explosive career during the Civil War and his reputation as the country's most notorious bandit, Jesse James allows the reader detailed exposure into the troubled psyche of America’s foremost outlaw.

Based on both cited and original research, included in interviews and correspondence are James family members Lawrence, Thelma and Betty Barr, Ethlerose James Owens, and James R. Ross; respected James historians Dr. William A. Settle, Jr. and Milton F. Perry; members of the Younger, Miller, Bronaugh, Hoffman, Shirley, Mc Coy, Duncan, Jarrette, Rawlins, and Hall families; and historians Chris Edwards, John Mills, Chuck Parsons, Nancy Samuelson, N. David Smith, Jack Wymore, Ted Yeatman, and Wilbur Zink.

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