Three Theories –

There are three main schools of thought regarding the legendary life and death of Jesse Woodson James.

Traditional history states that Jesse W. James was killed in 1882. An unfitting and unlikely end of a legend.


Jesse Woodson James

Jesse Woodson James

The 2nd theory says Jesse assumed the identity of a cousin, Jeremiah “Jesse” Mason James who was actually murdered in his place. Even though the victim had an obvious birth defect to the top rim of his ear among other differences that sets him apart from Jesse W. James, they managed to pass the body off as Jesse.

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Jesse Mason James The man killed in Jesse’s place, April 3, 1882 / Copyright 2014 RJ Pastore Collection

The 3rd theory claims the Outlaw legend belongs to J. Frank Dalton who lived to age 104. Dalton stated he had 72 aliases, but his real name was Jesse Robert James, 1st cousin to Jesse Woodson James. He maintained his claim to his death in 1951.

J. Frank Dalton/Outlaw

Jesse Robert James alias J. Frank Dalton
CSA Rebel, Lawman, Outlaw

Genealogy records show Robert Sallee James’ brother, George James had a son named Robert Woodson James. He went by the name Jesse Robert James, as one of many aliases he used in his lifetime. Read more…

What comes to light within the RJ Pastore Collection is that it takes all three men to compose a legend the size of Jesse James. Together, they formed a criminal syndicate that acquired millions of dollars in stolen loot. Some was hidden away, some was spent on living large and most was invested in ventured that advanced the cause of the KGC.

The three men posing together intimately below are the same three men seen above, individually. This proves what RJ Pastore discovered in his forensic investigation of the 1882 killing of Jesse James in St. Joseph, Missouri. The murder victim was the cousin seated to the left, Jesse Mason James, alias Tom Howard.

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind

The stunning photo below features all three Jesse James’ with their brothers all named Frank, standing behind them, all together in one group portrait. 

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James Cousins

James Cousins

The sample head shots of the known persons are inserted next to the named subject in the photo for easy comparison. The original photo itself is unedited. The men are seated together, verifying their individual identity and their affiliation to one another.

The possibility of six other random men, matching these six subjects and also being connected to a famous figure like Jesse James is unlikely. How could these six unique characters all be further duplicated a second time over, to be anyone else?

Consider the hypothesis: The three Jesse’s so closely resemble each other that their lives combine in to a single persona, Jesse James.

Jesse Woodson James is either the man matching the dead man photo on the left (JMJ), or the living photo match to the man on the right (JWJ), he can’t be both. Therefore, it must be the living photo matched to the man seated on the right. This proves once and for all time, he was not killed in 1882.

It is beyond the realm of possibility for anything other than to accept, that there were three sets of Frank & Jesse James. This is a spectacular revelation.

Historian RJ Pastore has compiled an amazing collection of Jesse James photos. What’s more astounding is that Pastore located many other James family, fellow gang members and other outlaw photos as well. Below is a rare image of the James-Younger Gang all together in one sitting. Click on the Younger Brother’s menu tab below to view more incredible images of these famous outlaws.

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James-Younger Gang / RJ Pastore Collection

The photos were acquired by painstakingly searching antique shops and small town curios all across the country. They were purchased in complete albums, groupings and from the estate sales of family members and collectors. Many of the photographs authenticate themselves because the subjects are seen together with other family and Gang members.

Pastore’s investigative analysis has elevated and expanded the genre of Jesse James. His research skills have brought new life to what was a sad, grim tale with a duplicitous end. What emerges in these reunited photographs is a spectacular story of  intrigue, adventure and an underlying love story that lasts into their old age.

Until now, only a few images of Jesse James were known to exist and owning one was unheard of. Serious collectors wishing to acquire an original, one of a kind photo can make contact below.

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McCarty Brothers

Billy the Kid and his brother Josey, just in off the open range to get their picture taken.


Billy and Josey McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy and Josey McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

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Billy and Mom

Have a look at Billy the Kid with his mom Catherine McCarty. You can see the effect that the TB is having on he health by this time. See many more photos of Billy the Kid at:

Billy and Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Billy and Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection

Southern Gents

The RJ Pastore Collection released an amazing photo of Frank and Jesse James. The image show the brothers dressed in fancy formal attire, perhaps posing as wealthy Southern horse racing stable owners.

Jesse and Frank James / RJ Pastore Collection

Jesse and Frank James / RJ Pastore Collection

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