This is the true story of Alexander Franklin James. Born January 10, 1843. Clay County, Missouri. Died February 18, 1915 (aged 72). Clay County, Missouri.
This is only the 2nd time in 22 years the hunt has gone to the 6th clue. It has never gone unfound. Thanks to everyone for playing! I will be posting the full explanation and my commentary to this site shortly. – Tim
Clue #6 – Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Upon leaving town, the gang needed to hug the Forest edge as they fled to the northwest, ducking down to stay out of sight. They only went in the big woods for rest. The James-Younger Gang was doomed in Northfield. They should have seen the sign after hitting the end of the trail. Frank & Jesse split from the others in this Odd get-away, three times.
“I was tired of an outlaw’s life. I have been hunted for twenty-one years. I have literally lived in the saddle. I have never known a day of perfect peace. It was one long, anxious, inexorable, eternal vigil. When I slept it was literally in the midst of an arsenal. If I heard dogs bark more fiercely than usual, or the feet of horses in a greater volume of sound than usual, I stood to arms. Have you any idea of what a man must endure who leads such a life? No, you cannot. No one can unless he lives it for himself.”
-Alexander Franklin James
Clue #5 – Sunday, September 1st, 2019
Cole desperately called for the boys to come out of the bank, riding to the perimeter 5 times. Frank, who hated to accept defeat was the last to exit. Frank blamed the failure on Heywood. There was no strong-arming Joseph and no love lost there. Looking to even the score, he took one more shot and with the expression of the very devil in his face Frank James shot Joseph Lee Heywood in the head.
Clue #4 – Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Frank yelled at Joseph Lee Heywood, “You are the cashier, now open the safe you S.O.B.”. Joseph claimed he couldn’t open the vault because it was locked with Yale Chronometer Lock, a strangely shaped vault mechanism. Frank knew Heywood was lying. Frank tried to go into the vault himself but Heywood ran over and tried to push the vault door shut on him before being pulled away by Charlie. Angered, Frank pistol-whipped Heywood across the head then fired a shot into the portrait hanging on the wall, attempting to scare him.
Clue #3 – Friday, August 30th, 2019
As Cole and Clell approached from the south, Frank and the boys went in. Cole knew this was a mistake. While the gangsters were friends like family, he was mad as hell at them. Too many townspeople gathered on the street. Just before 2pm, the three entered. “Throw up your hands for we intend to rob this place! And if any of you holler you’ll no longer see my softer side,” Frank warned.
Clue #2 – Thursday, August 29th, 2019
The gang had scouted out southern Minnesota and knew Northfield was their mark. They stopped for lunch before they hit the downtown Northfield bank. Crossing the iron bridge into Mill Square the water over the dam drown out the sound of the hooves. While biding time outside the bank, mingling with citizens, Frank James, Bob Younger and Charlie Pitts had to make the decision. Enter the bank or ride through town.
Clue #1 – Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Frank James was a fighter. He was a well-established horseman who knew how to pick the fastest and best rides. Because his father was a minister, the James family would frequently relocate around Missouri. After some time in the Civil War, he ended up fighting for a couple of Guerrilla warfare groups. This was a sign of what was to come.