The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James

The Love Pirate and the Bandit s Son Murder Sin and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James Sparks flew when gold digger Dr Zeo Zoe Wilkins and Jesse James Jr the son of America s most legendary outlaw crossed paths The result a tale of sex deceit money and murder grippingly told by not

  • Title: The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James
  • Author: Laura James
  • ISBN: 9781402760693
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sparks flew when gold digger Dr Zeo Zoe Wilkins and Jesse James, Jr the son of America s most legendary outlaw crossed paths The result a tale of sex, deceit, money, and murder, grippingly told by noted true crime blogger Laura James.The beautiful Wilkins a scheming and oft married osteopath was no shrinking violet she married and probably buried five husbands or sixSparks flew when gold digger Dr Zeo Zoe Wilkins and Jesse James, Jr the son of America s most legendary outlaw crossed paths The result a tale of sex, deceit, money, and murder, grippingly told by noted true crime blogger Laura James.The beautiful Wilkins a scheming and oft married osteopath was no shrinking violet she married and probably buried five husbands or six, according to some reports , some decades older, and all much wealthier, than she But she was no match for the nefarious Jesse Jr whom the author argues stabbed Zeo to death in her Kansas City home in 1924 The murder was never officially solved Laura James maps out the childhood, career, and marital machinations of this ravishing love pirate before charting the promising but invariably disappointing life of the bandit s only son In the book s third section, the two indelible characters collide, with lethal consequences for Wilkins Ably mixing historical conjecture with forensic fact, Laura James conducts a blow by blow reconstruction of their tumultuous relationship, including evidence that she believes convicts Jesse James, Jr.

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    • Todd Stockslager says:

      Review title: Classic oversell sells the story shortThis is a true crime story that has a bit of a bite, a bit of a misdirected premise, and a lot of oversell of a story that could have stood better on its own. The bit of a bite is the story of Zeo Zoe Wilkins--and yes, Zeo Zoe is correct, the kind of name that a child must live up to, or spend a life living down, and Zeo did some of each. This ruthless femme fatale met, married, and dumped five husbands on her rise from impoverished roots to th [...]

    • Angie Fehl says:

      A very interesting true crime story examining the details of the murder of well-known (in her day, anyway) lifelong golddigger, Dr. Zeo Zoe Wilkins in the 1920s and how it was tied to Jesse James Jr the attorney son of famed bank robber Jesse James. I had never heard of this woman or her murder before but I found the book, for the most part, pretty interesting. It also talks about the murder of Jesse James Sr, and how that financially and socially affected his wife and surviving son for the rest [...]

    • Matt says:

      This book is interesting, but not that interesting. I am more of a fan of the True Outlaws and significant events when I pick out a non-fiction book in this area. This is the story of an unsolved murder of a fairly disturbed grafter and all around dicey woman. The book is well written, and does a good job describing the life and times of both the victim and Jesse James Jr. In the end there is some fairly compelling evidence which suggests James Jr. may have been responsible for the murder. That [...]

    • Joe says:

      This book was not what I expected, although moderately entertaining. It was more of a research document an analysis of the lives and relationship between a gold-digging woman and the son of an outlaw. The author did not hide her own opinions, which I generally disagreed with, and her analysis was clearly biased, whether it agreed with the corresponding evidence/data, or not. Regardless, the subjects themselves provided enough interesting activities to make the book easy and enjoyable to read.

    • Sonja says:

      This book was not quite what I expected. It read more like a documentary than an novel. It was split into 3 sections. The first being the story of Zeo Zoe Wilkins, the second the story of Jesse E. James, and the third what happened after they met. That being said, it was an interesting read that kept pulling me forward wanting to know what happens next. How many more husbands could Zeo Zoe Wilkins con? Could Jesse E. James ever live down the escapades of his father? What would happen when the tw [...]

    • Shirley says:

      This non-fiction read fits my taste for murder and mayhem. Zeo Zoe Wilkins cuts a wide swath in her life plan to leave poverty behind to become wealthy. Her path begins on an Ohio pig farm and continues through the Mid-West including Kirksville and Kansas City. Beauty, brilliance, and no boundaries combine in Zeo Zoe Wilkins to create an interesting bit of Missouri history.

    • Jennifer says:

      I like historical fiction books and this time period is one of my favorites, but this book reads more like a reporting of information instead of telling a story. It wasn't bad but hard to get through based on the way it was written. I would've preferred more of a story woven with the characters together.

    • Sheryl says:

      As an avid reader of Laura James' CLEWS website (true crime), I was very excited when her first book came out. A great read. After discussing this book with a friend, I found out my friend is distantly related to Jesse James. Who knew?

    • Cathlin says:

      Not a bad true crime/historical story. It mainly focuses on the son of Jesse James and a notorious gold digger in and around Kansas City in the early 1900's. It was short and sweet but gave lots of good facts and was told in an easy to read manner.

    • Andd Becker says:

      The book moves at a fast pace, then slows down as though an entirely different book is being written.

    • ej cullen says:

      Pretty much a time waster, in my humble opinion.

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