The Wrong Man A cashier killed when the James boys thought he was someone else.

Jesse and Frank James
James boys killing a cashier.

December 7, 1869.  Jesse and Frank James rob the Daviess County Savings Association in Gallatin, Missouri.  During the holdup, they gun down the cashier, who they believe to be the man who killed Confederate guerrilla leader Bloody Bill Anderson several years before.

They’re wrong.  The victim is John Sheets, a community leader who is extremely popular in the region. Daviess County residents are outraged and go after the boys—even going to the James farm in a failed capture attempt.  For the first time, the state of Missouri puts a reward on the Frank and Jesse’s heads.

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