By Paul Iselin Wellman
The equipped gangs of robbers and killers who roamed the Midwest and Southwest from the 1860s to the Nineteen Thirties went to a similar tuition and have been succored through each one other's notoriety. So Paul I. Wellman makes a case for "the contagious nature of crime." William Quantrill and his guerrillas confirmed a felony culture that was once to hyperlink the James, Dalton, Doolin, Jennings, and prepare dinner gangs; Belle and Henry Starr; beautiful Boy Floyd; and others in "a lengthy and crooked educate of unbroken own connections."
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Somewhere of old his ancestors ate the sour grapes which set his teeth on edge. In him was exemplified the terrible and immutable law of heredity. He grew into a gory monster whose baleful shadow falls upon all who share the kindred blood. He made his name a Cain's mark and a curse to those condemned to bear it. That is pretty good invective, even for Connelley. And it is true that by the time Quantrill went to Kansas in 1857, when he was about twenty, he had learned to be many things to many men.
Failing in this, he planned to take them to Missouri on a predatory foray and there have them killed. Again that "it was said," the good old Connelley substitute for provable fact. He was unable to show any proof of this deep-laid scheme on Quantrill's part. It may have been that Quantrill did not know until too late that his inamorata's house was to be attacked, and that his warning was a last-minute decision. In any case, an ambush resulted, set by the younger Morgan at his father's house. When, in the darkness of night, the Kansas raiders, led by Ball, approached the place, Morgan Walker, who had only just returned home from a business trip that day, met them at the door.
Here occurred the Union Station Massacre, led by Pretty Boy Floyd, in which Raymond J. Caffrey, W. J. Grooms, Frank Hermanson, Otto Reed, all officers, and Frank Nash, their prisoner, were killed June 17, 1933. , Nov. 22, 1934. Page 12 Here Jesse James was nursed back to health by Zerelda Mimms, after being wounded, in 1865. Here the James gang took the cashbox from the Kansas City Fair Grounds, Sept. 26, 1872. Here Jesse James married Zerelda Mimms, in 1874. Here Eddie Adams killed a gambler and escaped a life sentence in the penitentiary by leaping from a moving train in 1920.