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Wood Hite:

Man in casket not Jesse James, but cousin Wood Hite



At left is the death photograph of the man historically identified as Jesse James.  I believe this man was actually Wood Hite, Jesse's first cousin and a James Gang member.  The man in the photo below was identified in Time-Life's Gunfighters as Jesse James; however, George Warfel and Phillip Steele dispute this as being Jesse James in their book The Many Faces of Jesse James.  I believe both of these assumed photographs of Jesse James to be Wood Hite, who was killed and buried under the identity of Jesse James.  Members of the James Gang often declared themselves to be Jesse to confuse people about his identity.