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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.
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.”