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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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Ted Yeatman Dies

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Ted Yeatman has died. He died November 1, 2009, in Takoma Park, Maryland, after a long illness.

Ted’s enduring achievement was his book Frank and Jesse James, The Story Behind the Legend.His meticulous and detailed research resulted in a definitive accounting of the professional careers of the outlaw brothers. Its narrative is nothing less than an encyclopedic accounting that will stand as the definitive historical account about Frank and Jesse James for decades to come.

Among Ted’s other contributions, he wrote for True West, Old West, Civil War Times Illustrated, and the Quarterly of the National Association & Center for Outlaw & Lawmen History. Ted was seen on the History Channel, and in the extra features published in the DVD edition of Brad Pitt’s recent movies, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Ted also enjoyed historical re-enactments, and performed as an extra in the film Gettysburg.

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Eric James, president of the James Preservation Trust acknowledged Ted’s unique achievement. “Ted’s book is the definitive encyclopedic historical accounting of the professional careers of Frank and Jesse James. Since the time of Jesse’s assasination in 1882, and even for years before, there was nothing but misinformation and sensationalist writing about the outlaws. Ted’s work completely eclipses 130 years of this kind of myth creation. Instead, Ted gave us factual history that is all well documented.”

James Preservation Trust Gets New VP

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Charles S. Broomfield has been named to the board of directors of The James Preservation Trust, filling the seat vacated by the passing of Judge James R. Ross, the great grandson of the American outlaw icon Jesse James.

The former Clay County, Missouri, judge & county commissioner has a long association with the historical interests of the James family. When he was a county commissioner, Broomfield arranged for the acquisition of James Farm from Jesse’s grandson Lawrence Barr, preserving the James family farm as a county museum, open to visitors.

Recently, Judge Broomfield assisted the James Preservation Trust in addressing the issue of missing artifacts from the museum. Museum managers did not maintain an adequate management system of verifiable inventory. Clay County Commissioners have since employed a professional archivist.

Since attending the James family’s reunion in 2002, Judge Broomfield consistently has supported the actions of the Trust. “I think it’s important that The James Preservation Trust stay involved with the County and Museum.”

Formerly, Judge Broomfield served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. For two terms, he served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. Recently, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed him Chairman of the Clay County Election Board. Broomfield is a graduate of William Jewell College.

In welcoming Broomfield as vice president of the Trust, president Eric James stated, “Before Judge Ross died, he made several recommendations for new directors of the Trust. Charlie was among the top of the list. But we had to wait some time until Charlie stopped cruising the world as a retiree. We’re thrilled to put him back to work in Clay County to represent the historical interests of the James family and the James Preservation Trust.”