The chain of events that ended nearly two decades of outlawry that included numerous bank robberies, train robberies, and even taking the box office of the Kansas City Exposition, were set in motion in northern Alabama on that cold day in March 1881.
Within a year, Jesse would be dead, shot in the back of the head by Bob Ford in an attempt to earn clemency from the government for his own crimes and collect a hefty reward offered by the governor of Missouri.
During the following year, Bill Ryan would be sentenced to a long prison term, Frank would surrender to the Missouri authorities, the rest would scatter, and the infamous James Gang would be retired for good.
With Frank now in custody, it was time for him to face justice. A Huntsville grand jury indicted Frank and he was charged with armed robbery and brought to Huntsville to stand trial. It was the trial of the century. The Nineteenth century.
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