Friday, May 15, 2015

Ever Wonder What Became Of Frank James...?

I did a little research and found out that Frank lived a lot longer than I would have expected.Pretty lucky, considering his unfortunate past.

I reckon that crime does pay, but only if you live long enough to enjoy it.

Frank James Avoided Jail And Lived Off His Fame

Photo via Wikimedia

In an era of famous outlaws, none was as notorious as Jesse James. But another key member of the James-Younger gang was Jesse’s brother Frank. And while Jesse was killed by fellow outlaw Robert Ford in 1882, Frank James made it well into the 20th century.

After years of running from the law, Frank eventually decided he had had enough and turned himself in to the Missouri authorities at the age of 40. But in a stunning development, Frank presented his case so skillfully that he was acquitted on all charges, shocking the nation. Now a free man, he worked a series of odd jobs, from circus barker to telegraph operator. He also went on a lucrative lecture tour, regaling audiences with his life as an outlaw. And he invested in one of the many Wild West shows that capitalized on his fame

Finally, he settled down with his family at the James Farm, where he made a living giving tours to visitors. He died in 1915, at the age of 72. At the time, he wasn’t especially wealthy, but at least he was a free man.

I'm really glad that the old guy finally found some peace in his later years.He certainly had some memories to keep him company!

Coffee outon the patio this morning. The rain is expected back this afternoon, so we have some time!


Chickenmom said...

Interesting that he settled down to a normal life. I bet he had some marvelous stories to tell!

linda m said...

I am glad he finally came to terms with his past and turned himself in. If the jury acquitted him then so be it. I would think that lecturing and giving tours would make a living as people are always curious. Will be over shortly for coffee as it is raining here. Have a great weekend.

Mamahen said...

Interesting that he was acquitted being as well know. as they were.....patio sounds good :))

JO said...

Good story facts I didn't know about Frank.

Was wondering how you were doing with all that rain and flooding. Stay safe my Friend.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
You know that he must have!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
Funny how the law that he fought against so long eventually set him free.

Many thanks for coming by this morning!

Hey Mamahen...
I reckon that the bad guys become like folk heroes sometimes.

At least he seemed to keep his nose clean after that!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Jo...
My neighbors rain gauge was overflowing at 5 inches after one day. rain but they say more is on the way!

Thanks, sweetie, for dropping in this morning!

Dizzy-Dick said...

It is amazing that he lived to the age of 72. I am 72 but had a boring earlier life than Ole Frank did. Then, too, I was an only child so I didn't have a brother to entice me into his wicked ways. . .