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The headline of the July 4th 1948 Lawton, Oklahoma newspaper reads:
JESSE JAMES IS ALIVE! IN LAWTON
History has recorded that Jesse James, this nation's most famous outlaw, was shot to death by Bob Ford on April 3, 1882. So this headline appeared to be false. But it is the truth!
The man making that claim was J. Frank Dalton, who said he was the real Jesse James, and that this shooting in 1882 did not happen. He appeared in Lawton in 1948 because he had made a commitment to tell the truth if he ever became 100 years old (he was 100 in 1947.)
Ralph Epperson has researched this man's story and has concluded that IT IS TRUE. And he has discovered these startling facts as well:
** Jesse poisoned John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin, in 1903. ** Jesse was elected a U.S. Senator from Montana (1901 - 1907) under an alias. ** Helped form the Ku Klux Klan in 1867 to start a SECOND CIVIL WAR.
JESSE JAMES, U.S. SENATOR
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