James Brothers First Heist, Maybe?

Jesse James
Jesse James

Tradition says that Jesse and Frank James pulled their first bank heist on February 13, 1866 when they hit the Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty, MO.  Or maybe not.

Somewhere between 10 and 15 outlaws did rob the place on that day. And it’s pretty clear that all were former Confederate guerrillas, most of whom rode with Bloody Bill Anderson.  Several were identified—but not the James boys.  It’s likely Jesse was recovering from a chest wound and Frank was elsewhere.  Information indicates the gang leaders were Arch Clement and Jim Anderson, Bloody Bill’s brother.

What do you think?

Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.