He’s quite obviously dead, having been born 162 years ago, in 1847.
There were, however, some big question marks over whether he actually died when the history books said he did.
A treasure seeker in Lawton, Joe Hunter, had long suspected that Jesse James had not died in 1882.
COULD FRANK DALTON HAVE BEEN JESSE JAMES?
Whilst discovering some of the James gang’s hidden loot he eventually tracked down a man called Frank Dalton who then admitted to being the famous outlaw.
The year was 1948 and Dalton claimed to be a hundred years old.
It had long been believed that Jesse James had been killed by Robert Ford but Dalton convinced Robert Turilli, an expert on James, that he was indeed the man himself.
Dalton claimed that Ford had actually killed another outlaw, Charlie Bigelow, a claim which was given some level of credence by the fact that when James’ mother was initially shown the body of the man that Ford had shot, she exclaimed that, ‘No, gentlemen, that is not my son.’
Dalton went on to say that immediately after the shooting he had informed his wife and had instructed her to identify the body as being his so that they could start a new life.
Furthermore Dalton,a.k.a. Jesse James, claimed that he attended his own funeral and even acted as a pallbearer!
Public opinion of Dalton’s claims was mixed with perhaps a slight majority believing that he really was Jesse James.
When Frank Dalton died in 1951 a post mortem was undertaken and it revealed that he had 27 bullet wounds.
DOES DNA EVIDENCE OFFER PROOF OF JESSE JAMES’ DEATH?
In 1995 the body buried in Jesse James’ grave was exhumed and was DNA tested, revealing that he at least belonged to the James family.
Curiously, the body of Dalton was also DNA tested which revealed that he wasn’t a member of the Dalton family.
Is it possible that Dalton was Jesse James and that another family member was placed into the outlaw’s grave?
I don’t think so but what do you think?