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The story of Jesse James remains one of America’s most cherished Wild West myths…and one of its most wrong-headed. Jesse James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, though, in fact, he never went west. He was America’s Robin Hood, though he robbed from the poor as well as the rich, and kept it all for himself; and a gunfighter of the first water whose victims were almost always unarmed. Less heroic than brutal, James was in fact a product of the American Civil War, and as this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE reveals, year-by-year, Jesse James rode further and further from his criminal life. In a life steeped in prolific violence and bloodshed, he met what was perhaps the most fitting end, an unarmed man, he was shot in the back.