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Jesse James

An outlaw during the 1800s, Jesse is cold and calculating but can be kind and generous with his family and friends. He is lauded by some as a hero but kills several men in cold-blooded murder during robberies. Jesse learns that Ed Miller is conspiring with some others to capture him for the reward money and kills Ed, hiding the body. Jesse marries a cousin, Zerelda Mimms, whom he calls Zee. They have four children prior to his death, including twin sons who die as infants. Jesse takes their deaths hard. He initially seems to want to brag about his exploits to Zee but she makes it clear that she doesn't want to know. He then obeys her desire by making up elaborate tales of his "business trips," going so far as to tell how many cattle he purchased during one such trip. Jesse is tolerant of...

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