tv Legends Lies The Real West FOX News May 24, 2015 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT
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on the north american plain, opportunity calls men of courage, chase the sun west into a new frontier. they would shape the nation and birth a new mythology. but with the passing of time, every myth has its reckoning. jesse james, a rebellious southern boy born with a chip on his shoulder and a gun in his hand, known to america as a legendary outlaw. but behind every villain stands a man and behind every legend lies the truth. >> many people think of jesse james as a robin hood type
character, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. that's the legend of jesse james. the truth is, he's a violent criminal, a civil war rebel who hold as grudge against the union and its supporters long after the war comes to an end. >> with the reconstruction effort under way, the country is slowly reuniting. but in western missouri, memories are long and bitter. >> good evening, sir. >> i'd like to get change for this $100 bill. >> we are bold robbers and i am proud of the name. alexander great and julius caesar, napoleon bonaparte. >> what do we have here?
jesse james is spiteful of william anderson, some historians consider the civil war's most vicious and a man jesse views as a father figure. and when bill was killed in a battle, jesse vows revenge. >> son of a [ bleep ]. >> everybody down now! >> get down! open the safe! >> you killed brother bill. >> shut up! you know you did. >> lieutenant samuel pop is responsible for killing bloody bill anderson. he's from the same town as the bank is in and may be the reason the james brothers targeted.
but in his rage, jesse james kills the wrong man. [ gunfire ] ♪ >> cold-blooded killers, frank and jesse james start out as happy church-going brothers on a farm in kearney, missouri. jesse's father, robert james, was a baptist minister. >> robert james selected by a group of men there who want to go out west to california. and he's the chaplain on this expedition to go out gold mining. jesse's a very young child at this time and his father dies in
california. >> his mother was a fierce southern woman at a time when women have no right, she refuses to give up and quickly finds a husband in rubin samuel, who allows her to take control of the farm and family. zerelda raised both of her sons to not only be for the institution of slavery but to fight for it and to commit crime in the name of the cause. >> the james' family own at least seven slaves and they are proud of it. jesse's family would rather secede than change. but slavery is being challenged.
u.s. senator steven douglas pro proses a controversial plan, splitting the territory in two, kansas and nebraska. >> the kansas nebraska act leaves the decision on whether a new territory would leave it up to the voter. >> this bill will triumph and impart peace to the country and civil for the union. >> from the chaos, the voice of region emerges in abraham lincoln. >> white man takes a slave to nebraska now, who will the negro that he is free? and as much as you do not objecting me taking my hog to nebraska, therefore i must not object to you taking your slave. now, i admit this is perfectly
logical if there, in fact, is no difference between hogs and negros. >> despite lincoln's effort, it is passed, the decision that expands slavery. but the vote settles nothing and ignites a firestorm. finally, divides nebraska and kansas, fighting spills over into western missouri and battle lines are drawn in jesse's hometown. >> these were men of both sides of the union rebels fighting at a local level using brutal tactics. >> on the james family farm, zerelda is busy forming the next generation of bush whackers. she sees it as her duty. >> don't you take anything from those yankees.
you hear me? every man should hold on to what they've got. >> her coaching is what criminal ol gists call violent profiling. >> jesse said nobody is going to tell me what to do. we own slaves and nobody is going to take that away from us. being violent is his way of life. >> the james' family farm transforms into a confederate strong hold. frank and jesse are now a force that the north will have to recon with. reckon with. on april 12th, 1861, there the civil war begins. frank and james are fighting in the militia of the confederate army.
zerelda knows that jesse will soon and both of her sons will be at war for the cause. >> you are going to fight this confederacy. >> that's right, mom. >> your way of life. don't let me down. >> zerelda told everyone that frank was one of them. >> i'm looking for frank. >> i don't know where he is. >> i believe you do.
[ screaming ] >> jesse's stepfather rubin is torched until he gives up frank's location. the civil war has just landed on jesse's doorstep. the boy who was once on his way to becoming a preacher is about to transform into a killing machine. take time for sunday. just know that your truck... has a little thing for monday. you're down with crestor. yes! when diet and exercise aren't enough, adding crestor lowers bad cholesterol up to 55%.
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equal parts personal and political. >> the james brothers grow up in civil war missouri, a state divided on the issue of slavery. their mother is a fanatical supporter of confederacy and she goes on to define them as adults. >> there's yankee scum around every corner. just lock them right in the eye. >> she was very influential in jesse's development. he ends up being rewarded for violence and for all of these things that go hand in hand with war. >> with these guns, you're going to teach them brutality. >> the james brothers mount up with the bushwhackers, a unit led by bloody bill anderson. a man whose rage matches their
own and a blood lust within his men. in the fall of 1864, union troops are gaining ground in western missouri. but anderson's forces fight back through murder and acts of terror. >> here you have a 16-year-old, jesse, with this guerrilla gang who are engaging in the most atrocious activities killing behind the enemy lines. >> their main targets are the railroads, the life blood of the union advance. on september 27th, 1864, bloody bill and 80 of his soldiers hijack a train. but instead of supplies, they find something even more valuable.
>> there were a number of union forces and home guards that are on their way home and they are unarmed. they really pose no threat but they have now fallen to blood bill andersony bill andersony bill anderson. [ gunfire ] >> they are going to die. >> bloody bill wasn't afraid to send a message and it could be pretty brutal. we're talking about cutout tops, scalps, desecrating dead bodies, and there was an effect on jesse james because he was something of a mentor to jesse and james was involved in behavior doing what bloody bill did. >> the bushwhackers kill four
civilians and 22 union soldiers. >> jesse and frank james ride with bloody bill's unit. until it is ambushed. by samuel cox and his men. >> samuel cox was a turned military leader and so he trailed and tracked bloody bill. >> jesse, we've got to get them out of here. >> bill! >> with bloody bill dead, the union army began hunting down the rest of the bushwhackers. jesse splits from the group. and is shot in the chest. frank is captured and
surrenders. he's forced to take an oath pledging loyalty to the union. >> i will henceforth faithfully support and defend the constitution of the united states and the union of the state thereunder. >> jesse is a prisoner of war and must surrender before his wounds are treated. but he has no intention of giving up. even if the confederacy is defeated. >> for jesse james, this is not an end of his conflict. this is the end of someone else's conflict, not jesse james' conflict, not frank james' conflict. their conflict isn't over. it's still going on.
>> with northern interests in power across missouri, frank and jesse join forces with the group of brothers who share their fierce hatred for the yankees. the youngers lost their family and home to the union. they, too, served under bloody bill anderson in his brutal campaign of terror. >> they have known each other well before the civil war. they honed that relationship they realized the potential they had as a fighting force. >> what do you recon is next for us? >> well, just a matter of taking the place. >> taking the place? >> taking the land. >> they had to do something to strike back against federal authority and everything they
saw as being a pressure in their life. >> everyone on the ground, no! >> get down! >> grab the money, frank. >> so they robbed banks. >> put that money in the bag, now! come on! >> it is true that we are robbers. we rob only in the glare of the day and in the teeth of the multitude. we do not kill only in self-defense when they refuse to unlock when killed. >> dammit, cox. [ gunfire ] >> together, the james younger gang is a terrifying bunch, hell-bent on resurrecting the confederacy. sleep you need, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep so your body can heal as you rest. advil pm. for a healing night's sleep.
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real detective agency, the precursor of the fbi. and their role was to run down criminals. >> heads up! easy. >> there is no reason for a man to do anything when an experienced robber gets going. >> watch it. down! >> you give the alarm, resist or you will die. >> you're first. >> and that pretty little girl. >> we are but warriors for the working. >> who among you fought for the rebel cause?
>> you, sir, paid your debt. thank you. >> let's go, frank. >> news of the james brother hold-up spreads quickly. this embarrasses the pinkerton. >> a spy for the union during the civil war take it is personally upon himself to bring jesse to justice. >> the nation's most powerful private security force is now on the hunt for jesse james. the attention he receives as leader of an outlaw gang becomes an addiction. >> jesse's ambition to continue the civil war is reinforced by his ego. as his reputation spreads, the charismatic young outlaw with a
catchy name captures the name of defeated confederates. that recognition only escalates his violent rebellion. >> in kansas city, the name jesse james catches the eye of a former confederate major turned newspaper man. john edward was a former confederate but he was very sympathetic to what the james were doing because he wanted to oppose reconstruction politics. >> the train robbery is one of the nation's first and for john edward, it elevates jesse james to hero status, making him an even stronger tool to rally the disgruntled confederacy. >> edwards wanted to see these confederates take their political future into their own hands and he thought the james gang would have inspired him and that's why he started writing
positive reports. he made them the legends that they were. >> newspaper readers across the country buy into the robinhood myth, while in truth, he's a greedy, vicious killer. now clearly in the sight of pinkertons who have been hired to capture them. >> slow down, boys. getting a little overexcited. >> let's have a drink together. >> not bad at all. >> the pinkertons convinced a neighbor to alert them when they were at their home and they
threw a device in the home and the only one home was jesse's mother and stepfather and 13-year-old. >> the firebomb is swept into the fireplace and that turns into is an actual bomb. [ screaming ] >> once again, the james brothers have brought war to the doorstep of their home and their family is kout caught in the crossfire. new crest hd gives you a 6x healthier mouth and 6x whiter teeth in just one week. it gets practically every detail. that's why it's called hd. try new crest pro-health hd.
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the pinkerton raid on jesse's family maims his mother and kills his half-brother archie. jesse vows revenge. >> i pray our heavenly father delivers them to my hand and i believe he will for he is merciful. and i believe he will continue to forever protect me as long as i serve. >> we know that the pinkertons used a spy. they may have placed a spy on
their farm. jesse believes that's why there was an assault on their home. >> jesse reverts to his days as a bushwhacker and plots revenge against the man who ruined his family. [ gunfire ] >> this is for helping the pinkerton attack an old woman and a little boy. >> after the raid on the farm, pinkerton gives up on the james brothers but jesse is now uncertain about his safety. he looks north for a target. >> jesse targets minnesota for a very simple reason.
overconfidence. the northern banks was no match to the bushwhackers. but not everyone agrees. >> jesse, you promise me we do it quietly. >> all right. all right. >> the gang heads 400 miles north posing as cattle buyers. they begin chasing towns with banks to rob. >> it's a prosperous town with economic growth in minnesota, looked like the right area for those guys. >> with impressive sidelines, the missouri boys stand out among them. >> most of the banks he robbed
were filled about local people's money. but the gang allows the suspicion. >> put up your hands for we intend to rob this bank! open the safe and be damn quick about it. >> the citizens have a number among them who are some of the esteemed elders from the civil war from the first minnesota, esteemed because of their battle record. so [ inaudible ]. >> i can't open that safe. it has a time lock. >> the time lock safe is a safe that can only be opened at certain times of the day regardless of whether you have the combination, something that
jesse james had not experienced up to that point. [ gunfire ] >> go, go, go! >> come on! [ gunfire ] [ screaming ] >> for god's sakes, get out there. jesse, come on! come on, jesse! >> the bank robbery is an absolute disaster. it was an ambush but it was an ambush of their own mate. >> come on, jesse!
[ gunfire ] >> go, go, go! >> two of jesse's men are killed. the rest are lucky to escape the town's assault. but trailing behind them is the largest manhunt in the nation's history. approximately 1,000 men head west to minnesota's great woods. jesse has made a costly mistake and this personal war may
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a decade after the civil war, jesse james continues his reckless fight against the union. but pushing the battle north into minnesota proves disastrous and puts them in the crosshairs of the nation's largest manhunt. to increase their chances against the massive search party, the gang splits up. >> jesse and frank go one way but the youngers are
apprehended. this had been a successful gang and it's reached a dead end. >> frank and jesse ride nearly 400 miles through the dakota territory getting away with just $26.70. and eventually returning home to missouri. >> frank, he ultimately thought the way this was going, it's going to be a bullet or a news bulletin but jesse, he was die hard. >> it's too bad the younger boys couldn't keep up. >> yeah. >> until next time. >> if we continue down this path, there will not be a next time. >> yeah, maybe for you. we'll see.
>> frank is concerned with the attention jesse's erratic behavior attracts in the papers. while a small-time missouri criminal is following jesse's every move. >> bob ford was this media saturated man. maybe in some way become a little bit like him. that's the picture of bob ford that we have today. >> at this point, jesse james is losing his hitch. he starts abusing an opium-base painkiller that was still legal at the time. his abuse only adds to his
fanatacism and helps to trigger his downward spiral. >> whoa. whoa. whoa. >> good afternoon, reverend. thirsty? >> no. no thank you, son. >> now, drink! drink it! >> frank was turning on a war and no longer has a place in this changed america. believe it or not, 19-year-old bushwhackers anymore. >> time is catching up with
jesse and his personal war comes with a heavy price. desperate to keep up the fight, jesse recruits the ford brothers, charlie and bob who idolizes jesse. >> give me some whiskey. give me some more whiskey. >> no problem, jesse. >> there are coaches coming up. >> we can use bob. >> we'll see. >> what did you say in front of
him? >> the people he surrounded himself with were no longer in the profession. these weren't the younger. these were amateur. >> i had been hunted for 21 years. it was one long period of time. i was tired of an outlaw's life. >> jesse's new and inexperienced crew parts ways with his brother. jesse begins to sink into a dark mood. he wear as holster at all times, even while sleeping.
he's unbalanced and paranoid and more dangerous than ever. >> jesse james became likely to be experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia as a result of years years of engaging in violence. >> jesse is anxious but with a good reason. he has a weak in his circle the board brothers. >> they are living in the same house with jessie -- jesse. they are agitated because they are scared. >> we need to kill him or he will kill us for sure. >> young bob foley. what do you have for me? >> i have acquiescess to kill j james if you would like. >> in the late 19th century it
is common for governments to offer rewards to criminals. a union officer goes much dur they are -- further. he offers ford 10,000 dollars and a full pardon to kill jesse james. >> it is a government hit on a u.s. citizen turning a loyal disciple into a hired assassin and a serial killer into a target. take time for sunday. just know that your truck... has a little thing for monday. you owned your car for four you named it brad. you loved brad.
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>> jesse james is haunted by his violent past. the effects of war, crime and acts of terror tear away at his sanity. his paranoia casts a dark cloud over the ford brothers who unknown to jesse had been plotting to kill him for a 10,000 dollar reward. >> charles lee and bob are looking for an opportunity. jesse's wife had made breakfast and they see jesse do something he has never done before. ♪
>> while they may have revered him, when the opportunity came for them to get money, reputation they took advantage of it. >> jesse. >> i didn't do it. >> legend has painted jesse james as a hero to the people. the truth is he's a damaged child turned soldier and criminal, a violent sociopath with enough charisma to find the needy. in death he becomes much larger than life an icon in the west. >> they take photos to prove it is the notorious outlaw. the legend of jesse james has lived only in their imagination.
>> later that year frank james surrenders to missouri authorities. he's quickly acquitted of his crimes by a pro confederate jury. >> bob and charlie ford never get their 10,000 dollar bounty. they are forced to settle from a full pardon for murders jesse. two years later charlie turns the gun on himself and bob ford is murdered by a succejesse jam admirer a decade later. >> over the years, zorelda makes more money from her son's death than the ford brothers. she begins charging tourists $0.50 to see the grave of the country's most famous outlaw. for another $0.50 she will even provide a pebble from his grave.
>> we are not idea olizing jesse james the man. we are talking about jesse james the myth. jesse was not a benevolent soul who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. he was a psycho path. >> he made his mother proud by going to war for the confederacy but continued long past it was proven. >> they branded him a rebel and sipt him on a path of rehave beening leaving behind a legacy of destruction. he may be a popular subject for hollywood, but sifting through the legends and lies leaves us one of the real west most violent outlaws and a scar on the face of american history. >> next time on legends and lies. >> general cher begsheridan him getting a new command. >> there aren't enough indians in the entire country worth the
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