Seen by some as a vicious murderer and by others as a gallant Robin Hood, the famous outlaw Jesse James was born on this day in 1847, in Clay County, Missouri. But today’s trivia question is about Jesse’s lesser-known brother Frank James.
Jesse and his older brother Frank were among the most notorious outlaws of the Old West. Jesse and Frank began their outlaw career with eight other men by robbing a bank in Liberty, Mo., on Feb. 13, 1866. It was the first daylight bank robbery in U.S. history, netted the gang about $60,000, and killed a 17 year old innocent bystander. The James Gang continued robbing banks, stores individuals, stagecoaches and trains for more than a decade, killing many people along the way.
Jesse James was killed by one of his own gang members for a $5,000 reward in 1882. Frank turned himself in a few months after his brother was murdered. How much prison time did Frank James serve for his crimes?