The Doomed Affair

Jim Younger couldn’t catch a break.

Newspaperwoman Alix Mueller was just 24 in 1900 when she visited the Stillwater (MN) Prison. And there she met the love of her life—outlaw Jim Younger (age 50). Alix worked tirelessly to get Jim released, which he was in 1901. But Minnesota officials wouldn’t let the pair marry—a convict cannot enter into a contract. Jim couldn’t hold a job. And Alix’s family, disapproving of the relationship, forced her to move back to Boise, Idaho. Jim, despondent, commited suicide on October 19, 1902. Alix died of consumption less than two years later.

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