Master of Disguise

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The James Gang flourished for 17 years before that fateful day of April 3rd, 1882. Jesse was reportedly shot at point blank range, in his own home by his cousin Bob Ford. And so the legend ends on the most notorious outlaw of all time.

JE Howard

JE Howard

Or does it?

Pastore claims the Jesse faked his death to elude capture and actually outwitted the law.

Frank Johnson

The RJ Pastore Collection holds a wide array of stunning photos which reveal a great deal about the James Gang. It seems Jesse & Frank were no strangers to the photo studio and frequently sent their pictures to family and friends. In spite of his wide spread fame, Jesse had the uncanny ability to hide in plain sight. He had many aliases and often changed his identity along with his appearance. Frank and Jesse would pose as cattle buyers, horse traders, bounty hunters, railroad agents and lawmen. They developed methods of locating each other when using an assumed name.

One such ploy was to have a photo taken of their current disguise, sign it under their assumed name and send it in the mail. When Frank got a letter from Jesse, he knew Jesse was at the hotel nearest to the studio imprinted on the photo. He would be registered under the name signed on the back.

Pastore has made two History Channel documentaries about his findings  All of the evidence supporting Pastore’s thesis is thoroughly documented in the Jesse James Forensic Analysis.  The 128 page report is available online at:

If a picture is worth 1000 words, then what is a lifetime of photos worth?

Clearly, the answer is … priceless!

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