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James, Jesse. Jesse James (1847-1882) was one of America’s most notorious outlaws. He appeared in the German dime novel Jesse James--Amerikas Groesster Abenteuer #1-5 (1906).

The fictional German Jesse James is a Gentleman Bandit, a Robin Hood who helps the poor and robs from the rich and never does anything to deserve the hounding he gets from the unfair lawmen of the Old West. He appears in stories with titles like “The Bank Robber of Minneapolis,” “Jesse James’ Doppelgänger,” and “The Vigilantes of Kentucky.”

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