Son of A Bandit: Jesse James & The Leeds Gang

Son of A Bandit: Jesse James & The Leeds Gang

by Ralph A Monaco


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ISBN-13: 9780578104263
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 05/18/2012
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Son of A Bandit: Jesse James & The Leeds Gang 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MediaExpert More than 1 year ago
Ralph A. Monaco II, in Son of a Bandit, brilliantly brings to life the overlapping stories of the legendary bandit, Jesse James and his sole surviving son, Jesse Jr. The author weaves the reader through a story consisting of thought provoking questions - the same puzzeling questions anxious readers of contemporary newspapers had read of the bandit and his son. Would he rob trains like his pa or stand trial as did his Uncle, Frank James? An excerpt from a fateful day in the life of a Son of a Bandit: "A young boy about six, and his younger sister, nearly three, having heard the same echoing noise also bolted through the threshold. The young lad observing his weeping mother and mortally wounded father instantly felt revenge in his heart and soul." Son of a Bandit is packed with murder, adventure, suspense, and mystery. The writer integrates a wide scope of popular local Missouri history and National news headlines of the time between the pages of a masterfully written book. Within one week of being published, Son of a Bandit, Jesse James & The Leeds Gang, author, Ralph Monaco, received the John Newman Edwards Literary Award!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor Jesse had a wife to morn for his life, And three children, they were so brave. . . .[The Ballad of Jesse James] Yes he did. That’s about everything most folks know of Jesse James’ family. But Jesse Edwards James, Jesse, Jr., did not have an easy life. Orphaned at six, breadwinner at eleven, and business owner before he graduated from high school, Son of a Bandit tells his story, the true tale of a young man accused, indicted, and tried for train robbery. Attorney Ralph A. Monaco, Jr., thoroughly researched the life of Jesse James’ son and tells the story of the 1898 robbery of a Missouri Pacific train in the Leeds settlement near the 21st Century Truman Sports Complex. Supplementing the trail transcript with articles appearing in Kansas City newspapers and descriptions of the political partisanship of the Missouri Court system of the time, Mr. Monaco tells a spellbinding tale from a depth of knowledge that historians without knowledge of the law can. He lets the story unfold as it happened and psychoanalysis to others. A fascinating, captivating, and intriguing read.