|Weapons||Bowie Knife, Colt Revolvers, Winchester Rifle, Pistol Whip|
Leader of James-Younger Gang
Bank robbery and murder
|Battle Status||Won vs Al Capone|
|Experts||Joey Dillon (Champion Gunslinger)|
J.W. Wiseman (Sharpshooting Expert)
"Jesse had no more compunction about cold-blooded murder than eating his breakfast."
-Joey Dillon, champion gunslinger
Jesse James, the vicious outlaw whose bloody crime sprees made him the most famous bank-robber in America;
vs. Al Capone, the ruthless gangster whose criminal empire bloodied the streets of Depression-era Chicago.
Stats[edit | edit source]
- Reign of Terror: 1866-1876
- Height: 5 '8"
- Weight: 155 Lbs
- Members: 4 - 8
- Crimes: Bank Robbery, Train Robbery, & Murder.
- Symbol: Colt Revolver (The signatory weapon of Jesse James)
History[edit | edit source]
Jesse James was born September 5, 1847 in Missouri. He and his brother Frank, gained their skills as bushwackers during the Civil War, fighting on the Confederate side (specifically: The Missouri State Guard). The chaos of the Civil War led to the James family being assaulted by Unionist militia on multiple occasions. Their raids and crimes made them wanted men, even after the war ended. The brothers allied with former fellow soldiers and bushwackers to form the James-Younger Gang.
The James brothers were most active with their gang from about 1866 and committed their first Bank Robbery in Gallatin, Missouri on December 7th 1869. The Northfield Bank Robbery of 1876 was the beginning of the end for the gang. During the robbery of the Northfield, Minnesota First National Bank, the bank cashier Joseph Lee Heywood stalled the gang's robbery by disobeying their demands. Because of this the local townspeople discovered the robbery and took up arms. As the James-Yonger Gang retreated they executed Joseph Heywood in retaliation. With the citizens outraged over the execution, a massive manhunt was launched against Jessie, forcing the gang's activities to be put on hold as they fled from both police and armed civilians.
On April 3, 1882, Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford, who was a member of the gang living in the James house and who was hoping to collect a state reward on James' head. Ford did not receive as much bounty as he expected and was 10 years later was assassinated himself by Edward Capehart O'Kelley on June 8, 1892. In September 1882; Frank James surrendered to Missouri Governor Thomas Theodore Crittenden: leading to an acquittal for his crimes. Frank continued to spread the legends of the James-Younger gang and even gave public tours of the James Farm. Frank died on February 18, 1915 at the old age of 72.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
|Close-Range Weapon(s):||Bowie Knife||13|
|Mid-Range Weapon(s):||Colt Revolver||203|
|Long-Range Weapon(s):||Winchester Rifle||* 326|
Simulated Battle[edit | edit source]
The battle begins in an American history museum in Chicago hosting an exhibit about Old West outlaws. Inside, Jesse James, his brother Frank James, and two other gang members are in the Civil War exhibit, breaking the glass exhibits and arming themselves with Colt revolvers and looting some of the Civil War coins. Meanwhile, Al Capone and three of his men drive up to the museum, alerting the James Gang who have finished loading up their newly acquired revolvers. The Capone Gang enter and are suddenly ambushed by Jesse James and his men. Jesse's team score the first kill in the quickdraw showdown. A hailstorm of bullets ensues as both factions open fire on each other, with a Capone flunky taking out one of Jesse's men out with a Tommy gun. Amidst the gunfire, Jesse James's other henchman steals a Winchester rifle from one of the cabinets and lays down some suppressing fire while Jesse and Frank retreat further into the museum. Al Capone's men come out of cover and begin chasing them, with Al Capone dusting off his hat and following close behind.
Jesse's rifleman stops in a hallway and cocks the Winchester, shooting one of Capone's two remaining men as he rounds the corner. Hooting with victory, he runs back to Jesse. Frustrated, Capone's other henchman tries to shoot down the outlaw, fruitlessly firing in all directions. Al Capone catches up and the two men begin to run after Jesse James's crew. The third man struggles to catch up, but is stabbed from behind by Frank, who emerges from a dark closet with the Bowie knife.
Capone and his last cohort enter an office, where Jesse and his henchman are waiting for them. Jesse shoots Capone's man with the revolver, catching him off guard. Capone quickly ducks for cover behind a desk right before the rifleman finishes the last man on Capone's team with a shot from the Winchester. The rifleman waits for Capone to make his move, unaware that Capone is pulling the pin from his MK2 "Pineapple" Grenade. He hurls the grenade over the desk and quickly hides again. The rifleman attempts to shoot Capone, but is killed by the explosion before he gets a chance. Capone gets up and tries to steal one of the revolvers, but Jesse James shoots it out of Capone's hand. Realizing he has been beat, Capone slowly stands up with his hands up in surrender. Jesse James sneers as he pulls the triggers on his revolvers, only to find that both of his guns are out of bullets. Jesse quickly flees while the infuriated Capone pulls off his trench coat and gloves and puts on his brass knuckles, intent on finishing Jesse.
Jesse runs for his life, but is cornered when he winds up at an exhibit for a western jail cell. He turns around to see that Capone has caught up. He tries to pistol whip Capone, but Capone blocks the swing and counters with a punch in the gut with the brass knuckles. Removing his hat, Capone forces Jesse into the mock jail cell and begins to brutally beat Jesse. After kicking James to the floor, Capone draws his stiletto knife while Jesse gets up with his Bowie knife at hand. Scarface Al goes in for a thrust, but Jesse hooks his hand with the stock of the revolver and stabs Capone at his arm. Enraged, Capone then kicks James as he drops his stiletto, forcing Jesse to also drop his knife. Capone grabs James and holds him against the cell door, continuing to lay into him with the knuckles. In the middle of this, James spots something outside the cell door and, despite the beating, chuckles. Capone's about to deliver the killing blow, when he hears a gun cock. He looks up to see Frank James with the Winchester. Frank fires the gun, hitting Capone dead center between the eyes and causing him to stumble backwards onto the prop toilet. Jesse James, having seen his brother arrive in the nick of time, celebrates the victory after dusting off his hat, then runs off with Frank to steal whatever they can of the museum.
Expert's Opinion[edit | edit source]
Jesse's victory was attributed to his quick drawing skill. While Capone had the more advanced "Tommy Gun," Jesse and his gang could quickly draw, aim, and fire their weapons before the Capone gang could even react. Along with the fact that the James gang carried the Winchester rifle that can hit from long range, they were veterans during the Civil War and other gunfights.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Jesse James Gang is officially called the James-Younger Gang. The James-Younger Gang is one of the smallest armies, gangs, organizations or groups in Deadliest Warrior with between 4 to over 10 members and allies. Before the James-Younger Gang, Jesse James was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle and a soldier in the Confederate States Army.
- Robert Ford's S&W 44. Cal revolver that he used to kill Jessie James is valued at $350,000 as of 2018.
- Frank James is the only example of a sidekick surviving a squad on squad battle on Deadliest Warrior.