HIDDEN HISTORY: What Does America’s Most Famous Wild West Outlaw Have To Do With Contemporary ‘Conspiracy Theory’? (Archive)

Source  – davesweb.cnchost.com

Jesse (James), you see, was a member of an occult-based ‘secret society,’ The Knights of the Golden Circle, that formed the core of the massive intelligence apparatus assembled by the Confederacy. Other key members of the order were President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis, Albert Pike, a notorious occultist who has been credited with playing a key role in the creation of the Ku Klux Klan”:

(What Does America’s Most Famous Wild West Outlaw Have To Do With Contemporary ‘Conspiracy Theory’?)

 – “The article concerns the legendary Wild West lawman Pat Garrett, who gunned down the legendary Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid — except that it seems as though that story may not actually be true. According to the Times article, “modern science is about to touch Garrett’s fame in a way that some say could expose him as a liar who covered up a murder to save his reputation. – The scenario being investigated is that Garrett killed the wrong man and then covered that fact up to save his own skin. A more likely scenario though is that Garrett actively conspired with the Kid to fake his death, after assisting him in making an escape. The Times piece acknowledges that one enduring story “holds that Garrett and the Kid may have been in cahoots for some reason and that Garrett had stashed a gun in the outhouse at the jail that the Kid used to kill the deputies and escape.” Just weeks after that escape was when Garrett supposedly killed the Kid. But according to sources cited in the Times article, and elsewhere, the Kid may have lived to the ripe old age of 90, after taking the name “Brushy” Bill Roberts. Roberts died in 1950, shortly after his photo appeared in the January 21, 1950 edition of the San Antonio Express: (PHOTO) Roberts is the gentleman standing in the center of the photo. To his right, seated, is Colonel James R. Davis, who claimed to be a former U.S. Marshal for the Cherokee Indian Nation. Davis was 109 when this photo was taken. To Roberts’ left, lying in bed, is 102-year-old J. Frank Dalton. Dalton claimed to have been an even more notorious Wild West outlaw than Billy the Kid: Jesse James. And that brings us to our topic for this outing: the strange and twisted tale of the man known as Jesse James. I actually started to write on this topic last year, So let me now dust off that discarded missive and present it here for your reading pleasure. But wait a minute, you’re thinking, what does Jesse James have to do with gaining an understanding of twenty-first century U.S. politics? What does America’s most famous outlaw have to do with contemporary ‘conspiracy theory’? Where is the relevance? What, as my mother used to say, does Jesse James have to do with the price of tea in China? I’m not really sure why mom used to say that, just as I am not sure why any statement by me or my siblings that began with the words “I want … ” would get the response: “That’s too bad; people in Hell want ice water.” Apparently during the 1960s and 1970s there was some sort of logistical problem with getting adequate supplies of ice water to Hell, but I never really understood why that meant that I couldn’t have a BB gun. But none of that really has anything to do with this story. The question here is: what is to be gained from examining the life of Jesse James? If this was to be a standard recitation of the life of the Wild West’s most notorious figure, then the answer would be: not much. But this isn’t the account of Jesse’s life that has passed into popular mythology; this is the account of Jesse’s life that was told by his grandson. If this account is accurate, and much of it does have a ring of truth to it, then it illustrates once again the extent to which the official history of this country is nothing but a tangled web of lies. But how much of this story is true? That, alas, is difficult to determine. When the lies run so deep, when they have been repeated so frequently as to become a faux reality – a collective hallucination – then it is a daunting task finding anything close to the truth. But whether true or not, it is a story that is too good to not pass along. This story was published nearly three decades ago, by Jesse James III and a writer by the name of Del Schrader, under the title Jesse James Was One of His Names (the title refers to the claim that James operated under some six dozen assumed identities). The book is all but impossible to find today. Before we get to the alternative history, let’s first review the facts of Jesse’s life that are generally agreed upon. Jesse James was the second son born to a Baptist minister named Robert James and his wife, born Zerelda Cole Mimms. The couple’s first-born son was Alexander Franklin James, better known as Frank. Frank entered this world on January 10, 1843, and Jesse followed on September 5, 1847. Robert James died when the boys and a younger sister were still very young. In 1855, Zerelda married again, to a wealthy doctor, landowner, and slave owner named Rueben Samuels. Six years later, the South seceded from the Union, forming the Confederate States of America, and the bloody American Civil War began. At the onset of war, Frank James joined an elite Confederate military unit known as Quantrill’s Raiders, and brother Jesse, who wasn’t yet 18 when the Civil War ended, soon followed suit. The 200-man force, led by homicidal schoolteacher William Quantrill, included an elite sub-group led by the possibly even more homicidal William “Bloody Bill” Anderson. Anderson once reportedly lined up a group of captured Union soldiers and personally executed all twenty-six of them. Included in his elite unit were such luminaries as Thomas Coleman “Cole” Younger and, of course, the James brothers. These men, and the rest of the Raiders, made a name for themselves during the war by repeatedly perpetrating massacres of both soldiers and civilians. The Raiders’ most notorious act was the August 21, 1863 burning and pillaging of Lawrence, Kansas that left more than 150 unarmed civilians dead. After the war, the James brothers and various others embarked upon a life of crime in the Wild West, robbing banks and trains and stagecoaches and doing all the other sorts of things that the Wild West outlaws were supposed to have done, just like they do in the books that we have all read and in the movies and television shows that we have all seen. In April 1874, Jesse’s uncle, Methodist minister William James, officiated at the wedding of Jesse to his cousin, Zerelda Amanda Mimms — not to be confused, of course, with his mother, Zerelda Cole Mimms. Frank took as his bride a young schoolteacher named Anna Ralston. Meanwhile, local authorities and the notorious Pinkerton organization – forerunner of the modern FBI – relentlessly pursued the James Gang in a cat-and-mouse game that now captures the imaginations of millions of Americans who are prone to view the James brothers as romantic anti-heroes. In an example of law enforcement excess from the days of yore, the Pinkertons once reportedly tossed a bomb into the Samuels’ family home. Frank and Jesse weren’t there, but the blast reportedly killed their disabled half-brother and blew off one of their mother’s arms. Missouri Governor Thomas Crittenden ultimately put a $10,000 price tag on the James brothers’ heads — an unprecedented reward in those days. Jesse was allegedly shot in the back by the Ford brothers, Charles and Robert, on April 3, 1882. He was buried on the Samuels’ farm. Frank reportedly attended the services, alongside a veritable army of law enforcement officers, even though he was wanted “dead or alive” at the time. Frank later surrendered to authorities and was brought to trial for his crimes; he was twice acquitted of all charges brought against him. Frank James remained a free man until his death in 1915. Charlie Ford, meanwhile, caught a bullet to the head, while brother Bob met up with a fatal shotgun blast. All of that, alas, can be found in official retellings of the legend of the larger-than-life Wild West outlaw known as Jesse James. But that isn’t quite the whole story, at least not according to Jesse James III and a number of witnesses cited in the James/Schrader book. Jesse, you see, was a member of an occult-based ‘secret society,’ The Knights of the Golden Circle, that formed the core of the massive intelligence apparatus assembled by the Confederacy. Other key members of the order were President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis, Albert Pike (a notorious occultist who has been credited with playing a key role in the creation of the Ku Klux Klan), and Captain William Clarke Quantrill, whose Raiders were essentially an early version of an elite, ‘Special Forces’ unit. The South did in fact have an extensive intelligence infrastructure. And Albert Pike was a key figure in that intelligence network. The only real news here is the claim that Jesse James was a key figure within that intelligence community as well. And, of course, the business about The Knights of the Golden Circle. Schrader claims, quite credibly, that the Confederate intelligence network did not simply disappear with the official end of the war; it remained largely intact and continued to fight the war from ‘underground’ for another two decades. And it continued to be under the control of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Jesse James remained a key figure. The James Gang’s train and bank robberies, it is claimed, were fundraising operations to finance the activities of the Knights of the Golden Circle, as well as to wreak general havoc with the plans of the Northern reconstructionists. James is also said to have been involved in supplying weapons and training to the Plains Indians, as a means of waging proxy war against the Union Army. In 1861, at the onset of the Civil War, populist Benito Juarez had been legally elected president of Mexico. While his imperialist northern neighbor was preoccupied with waging a brutal war of self-destruction, Juarez set about instituting a number of reforms that proved to be popular with the Mexican people, but not so popular with the Western powers. In 1864, French forces dispatched by Napoleon III deposed Juarez and installed Maximilian as Emperor of Mexico. Maximilian, the brother of Austria’s Emperor, Francis Joseph, had previously been the Archduke of Austria. After the Civil War ended, Maximilian’s unstable puppet regime continued to be threatened by forces loyal to Juarez. According to the Schrader book, a force composed of 2,000 Missouri cavalrymen and a regiment of Confederate-led Red Bone Indians was dispatched to Mexico in support of Maximilian. When this force ran into stiff resistance, an elite force was sent to the rescue; that force was led by Captain William Quantrill and Colonel Jesse James. History books say that Maximilian was executed by firing squad on June 19, 1867, after being captured by Juarez loyalists. Schrader and James claim that he was rescued by the James/Quantrill team and transported back to the States, where he lived out his life under the name John Maxi. The James’ team also allegedly transported a vast amount of plundered wealth back to the States, for which they were richly rewarded by Maximilian. James is said to have been one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in America, even before being rewarded by Maximilian. He is said to have invested heavily in the Texas oil boom, and to have provided financial backing for the Hughes Tool Company, founded by Howard Hughes, Sr., and the Ford Motor Company, founded by Henry Ford. The most fascinating part of the Jesse James story, as presented by James III and Schrader, concerns another rather notorious figure in American history whose death has been called into question by numerous researchers: John Wilkes Booth. An inconvenient and therefore unmentionable fact is that Booth was not acting as a lone assailant when he shot President Lincoln; he was acting as part of a larger conspiracy, as was openly acknowledged at the time. No fewer than six additional conspirators were brought to trial; four received death sentences and two were sentenced to life imprisonment. Booth, of course, never stood trial. He was allegedly killed by agents who were attempting to capture him. Schrader and James, and numerous others, say that Booth’s death was faked to allow him to escape prosecution and punishment. They also say that Booth, like James, was an agent of the Confederate intelligence services. Booth is said to have functioned as a courier — and his career, it must be said, would have provided the ideal cover for such activities. It will be recalled that Booth was one of the most popular actors of his day. As such, he traveled extensively with various productions, and therefore had the unusual ability to move rather freely between North and South. The story goes that after killing Lincoln, Booth was given safe passage to Texas by the Confederate underground. Once there, he took the name John St. Helen and worked as a bartender. A problem arose, however, when Booth developed a drinking problem, and with it a tendency to shoot off his mouth about the life he used to lead. Booth, in other words, became a liability that had to be dealt with. Sent to deal with the problem was none other than Jesse James, accompanied by William “Wild Bill” Lincoln, a distant cousin of the slain former president. The pair tracked Booth to Enid, Oklahoma, where he was poisoned. Now I will be the first to admit that the claim that famed Wild West outlaw Jesse James was sent as an assassin to ‘neutralize’ notorious presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth seems a little, shall we say, iffy. Strangely enough though, the authors back that incredible claim up with a sworn statement by William “Wild Bill” Lincoln: “Our branch of the Lincoln family was never satisfied with what really happened to Booth, and I spent fourteen years of my life running down the true story. Strangely enough, I learned it from Jesse W. James, head of the Confederate underground. I was present at Booth’s real death.” So there you have it — the Jesse James story from a slightly different perspective than it is normally told. I leave it to each of you to decide for yourselves whether to file this one in the ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ file, or in the circular file. Meanwhile, I’ve got to move on to other things -“

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