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MURDER, and Betty Dorsett Duke

Betty Dorsett Duke thinks I’m out to kill her. She’s insane. Betty thinks others are out to murder her, too. Yes, she’s that insane.

Jesse James family claimant Betty Dorsett Duke
Betty Dorsett Duke

But why would anyone want to murder Betty Dorsett Duke? After all, she doesn’t exist.

In Betty’s imaginary world, she craves to own existence. Betty craves an identity of her own. More than anything, Betty craves a famous identity.

You see, Betty has no identity. She’s murdered it. And she believes she’s gotten away with the crime.

Long ago, maybe as early as childhood, Betty did away with the family she was born into. She killed them off straight away, in her mind. Betty killed her own family because she didn’t want to accept the birthright God gave her. No, God, Betty said, not your choice. My choice. I want to be the great-granddaughter of Jesse James.

Irrationality, like challenging Creation itself, Betty conveniently disregards. If indeed she was the outlaw’s great-granddaughter, Betty would be approaching 90 years old. Betty is a generation short.

“Give me your blood!”

Betty desperately craves the blood of Jesse James as her own. She once confronted a real great-grandson of the outlaw. As if performing a stick-up, Betty demanded. “Give me your blood! Right here and now!” Jesse’s great-grandson, who was a Superior Court Judge, laughed at her. He ruled his assailant was crazy.

“I can prove we’re kin.”

Another time, Betty tricked an old woman in her nineties to give Betty a vial of her blood. She told the feeble woman, “so I can prove we’re kin.” The aged woman was a true cousin of Jesse James. Betty is not.

Assaulting people is something Betty likes to do. It’s fun for Betty. It’s her occupation and recreation. After all, in Betty’s world of imagination, there are no consequences. In Betty’s mind, she’s the daughter of an outlaw. Assaults are to be expected, imaginary or not. But then, Betty decided to turn her imagination into reality.

Betty formed a gang. They could do her dirty work for her, and Betty could fly free of any consequences.  Betty manipulated a con artist who peddled fake historical photographs to be her front man. The con thought he could become famous, too, if he could just hold on to Betty’s skirt. But the world fast recognized the fool was a con man, like Betty. Somewhat confounded about what to do with her ineffectual protégé, Betty easily bought into his world of daydreams and illusory nightmares, too. Fantasy birds of a feather.

Betty wasn’t above conscripting a puerile, little boy into her gang, either. As if he was born her own, Betty adored the babyish boy who loved nothing more than to make fun of grown-ups. Betty could offer the infantile ample targets of opportunity. Over the years, Betty conscripted others into her gang. But none could survive among the lies which populate Betty’s imaginary world.

Even within her world of outlaw spirits and phantasmagorical invention, Betty continues to fantasize. If someone were to murder her, Betty hallucinates, she then can become famous. Who would be the best person to murder her? Of course. The murderer must be someone Betty believes is from Jesse’s family. Betty picked me.

With the encouragement of the silly con man and the effete boy who likes to insult grown-ups, once more Betty devises another assault. Because Betty has conspirators, Betty believes I must have conspirators, too. She assigns me a batch and then fabricates a fiction of how we’ve banded together against her.

“They’re trying to murder me.”

Betty imagines a confession of guilt is what’s needed to turn a convincing trick. She finds some hapless soul to play along in a charade he doesn’t believe himself. Betty calls the FBI. “They’re trying to murder me,” she cries. “I have evidence – a confession!” Once more, no one comes. Betty does not live in a world of facts and reality where real crimes need investigation. Betty lives in her imagination.

Frustrated, Betty appeals for recognition to the press, to TV reporters, and to the national news outlets. Betty desperately litters the internet, posting her accusation over and over. All to no avail. No one investigates her accusation. No one is interested in Betty’s concocted confession. Yet again, no one responds to Betty. Sadly and pathetically, she is not of their world.

Betty is a lonely person.  Like all who live in a world of self-made madness, Betty struggles every day with the identity she created for herself. But happiness never comes, because nobody believes Betty is a great-granddaughter of Jesse James. Certainly not her own family. They ignore Betty. Certainly not the family of Jesse James. Few of them know who Betty Dorsett Duke might be. There is no one, no one to validate the existence of Betty Dorsett Duke. She doesn’t exist.

How can anyone want to murder someone who doesn’t exist? Who is there to murder? There is no one.

ERIC JAMES

Danville, Ky. 2012

UPDATE: Betty Dorsett Duke died on August 29, 2015. Her online obituary identified her as “Betty Gail Duke,” a name she never employed when making her claim against the James family. Her claim remained unproven unto her death. Her own family continues to discredit her claim (see link below). The Jesse James family denies Betty Dorsett Duke, aka Betty Gail Duke, is their kin.

Betty Gail Duke obituary
Online obituary for Betty Gail Duke

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Newman University Promotes Bogus Jesse James Historian Ron Pastore

Ron Pastore is a con man who attended Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Now, Newman University wants Ron Pastore to teach the bogus history he connives about Jesse James to Newman University students.

Responding to a public announcement that appeared on Newman University’s website, The James Preservation Trust, representing the historical interests of the Jesse James family, filed an objection with Newman president Noreen M. Carrocci over Newman’s announced lecture by Pastore.

Noreen M. Carrocci, President of Newman University

The Trust challenged Pastore’s credentials as a claimed “historian” stating, “At best, the views of Mr. Pastore represent fanciful fiction that has no foundation in substantive, factual, or recorded history, whatsoever. For those who write history, read history, or are students of history, Ron Pastore advocates faux history that is untruthful, untrustworthy, distorted, and misleading.”

The Trust further requested of Newman’s president that a public disclaimer be made prior to Pastore’s lecture, stating that the James family disclaims all claims made by Ron Pastore.

Newman University rejected the request, stating “we view such presentations as the opportunity for students and those attending to individually assess the value of the information presented. It has been made clear in our promotion of this event that the presentation is based upon Mr. Pastore’s interpretation of his own research.”

Ron Pastore has a long record of manufacturing fake history. He first opened a small museum, filled with photos and artifacts which he represented as being of and belonging to the family of the iconic America outlaw Jesse James.

When his museum failed and was closed, he then claimed Jeremiah James was the true Jesse James, since Jesse James was not assassinated in Pastore’s view as history records. Pastore’s connivance further resulted in the exhumation of Jeremiah James, and a DNA test which proved nothing whatsoever.

Recently, Pastore has re-surfaced publicly, as his hometown newspaper claims “for another fifteen minutes of fame.” Pastore produced a television program Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure. While the program was widely ignored by Jesse James enthusiasts, who are acquainted well with Pastore’s con game. But Pastore and his program was widely debunked and savaged by treasure hunting enthusiasts, who found his claims on that subject matter fundamentally flawed, fraudulent, and manufactured.

Clearly, Ron Pastore’s appearance before Newman University’s students has more to do with Pastore being an alumnus of Newman University, more than for anything he has said or may have accomplished in his efforts at self-aggrandizement.

The James Preservation Trust fully expects Pastore to propagate his bogus history to Newman’s students under the sponsorship and with the full approval of Newman University. It will be left to the students of Newman University to decide for themselves if Newman University’s ignorance that begot Ron Pastore’s ignorance, and now promotes it, will now produce another generation of ignorance, given the fact that no balanced perspective is provided by Newman University to its students.

CONTACT PRESIDENT NOREEN CARROCCI: carroccin@newmanu.edu

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