In the Bob Ford – Jesse James photo hoax formerly written about HERE, a cabal of hoaxers assembled to perpetrate a case of identity theft, at the expense of factual history and in violation of the identity of the Jesse James family.
Through an ample misapplication of fantasy, imagination, slight of eye magic, chicanery, and purposely deceitful tabloid and broadcast journalism, the cabal sought to beguile, hoodwink, and defraud an unknowledgeable audience for the purpose of promoting fake imagery of Bob Ford and Jesse James and for reaping an imaginary million dollar windfall.
THE CABAL OF HOAXERS
The principal motivating forces behind the Bob Ford-Jesse James photo hoax is without doubt Sandy Mills, Lois Gibson, Dylan Baddour, and the Houston Chronicle. Whether the others who followed were witting or unwitting accomplices, each as writer and publishers had a fiduciary duty to investigate and report the truth of the opposite side of Sandy Mills’ story. They did not. But others did.
Among the responsible writers and publishers, the Canadian Broadcasting Company dropped the story from publication altogether. CNN’s Michael Pearson questioned the image’s authenticity and claim. Christopher Klein who writes for A&E’s History rewrote his initial story to present the James family’s objection and argument. Elleda Wilson who picked up the story for the Daily Astorian wrote a followup story when alerted about the hoax.
Without doubt, calling out the hoaxers of the Bob Ford-Jesse James fake photo fraud, will not put an end to the constant flow of images claimed to be Jesse James. Within the period of the present hoax, two more claimed images arrived at Stray Leaves, claiming to be authentic images of Jesse James.
UPDATE: Jan 12, 2017
The next stage in the Bob Ford-Jesse James photo hoax has been announced by Burley Auction Gallery. The auction house and its owner Robb Burley have been added to the cabal of hoaxers engaged in this act of identity theft.
In addition, we also are adding to the hoax cabal, the website PRWeband article author Nikki Thibodeaux. The specific identity of Thibodeaux formerly was unknown until Robb Burley provided an actual photo of her. Thibodeaux is an associate of Robb Burley.
Readers of Jesse James Soul Liberty are aware that Margaret Sanger was a friend of Vassie James and also her daughter-in-law Mary Van Etten-Ward. Despite the fact that Margaret Sanger aligned herself with whatever organizations or beliefs, such as eugenics, that would help advance Sanger's initiatives in support of women's health issues, no evidence exists that either Vassie James or Mary Van Etten-Ward subscribed, endorsed, or practiced eugenics' beliefs. A more comprehensive outline of the link between Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood can be found on PP's website by following the link provided in the Comments section below. ... See MoreSee Less
More than anything, I am rattled to my core whenever entering the data about the suicide of a family member into our genealogy database. The San Diego Union reported in 1988, "The body of a man who jumped off the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge last week was found floating in the bay Tuesday. David Stewart Bean, 30, of the 3600 block of Curlew Street had left a note taped to the dashboard of his pickup truck parked in the center of the bridge at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 6, police said. The California Highway Patrol officer who found the car also found Bean's wallet containing identification in the glove compartment." David Bean is a 4th cousin of mine, somewhat distant, but kin regardless. He is not the only death by suicide our family has known. I am sure to reflect on him often, on his pain and on his legacy. www.kpbs.org/news/2018/feb/19/while-suicides-coronado-bridge-add-lighting-projec/... See MoreSee Less
Just learned of the passing of John Broadus James. I met John and his son Anthony Neal "Tony" James in Texas about 20 years ago. He learned of my research trip there and insisted I make time to see him. John rearranged his schedule so he could bring Tony along to hear my stories about his great-grandfather John James "of Alvarado." We spent the evening over dinner exchanging stories. I learned about John's father, the preacher and poet Rev. Maurice Broadus James. Sometime after, Tony went into the military. John was very proud. Unfortunately, Tony was in a helicopter accident and was relieved from service, which must have been a great disappointment for Tony and John. I'm sorry we never got together again, as I am with many of the descendants of John James "of Alvarado." ... See MoreSee Less
NOTICE to reality TV producers...STOP CALLING! WE'RE NOT INTERESTED! Magilla Entertainment called two days ago wanting to enlist our participation in another Jesse James treasure hunting unscripted series for TV. We guessed that Ron Pastore is behind the move. After some discussion, the producer stated our idea of a scripted docu-series for Netflix based on the factual lives of Jesse James' family members might be the better way to go. The producer said our idea would be discussed in yesterday's production meeting, and he would get right back to me. I wasn't holding my breath. So far, no call from the Magilla. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's some colorful video history on George Morgan Chinn, a grandson of Frank James' cohort John Pendleton "Black Jack" Chinn. Whenever I drive from Danville to Midway or Lexington, Ky, I pass the ruins of Chinn's Cave House. Here also are a couple of testimonials about George, also colorful, from the files of the James Preservation Trust. #1- "I remember George very well. He was my late father's cousin and we do have his linage through the Morgan's, dating back to John Morgan in 1778. He was a really smart fellow and funny. His [Ed.: grand] father was Jack Chinn. I have a picture of him with William Jennings Bryan, Dicky Brant, and Frank James (Brother of Jesse) seated in a buggy hitched to the only grey horse that won the Kentucky Derby. Jack was fined five dollars for speeding in a horse-drawn vehicle. He paid ten dollars and told them to keep the change because he was going out of town (Harrodsburg, Ky) the same speed he came in. My dad had a lot of these old family tales." And #2 - "hi I knew him personally. He has a lot of historical books at the Fort Harrod Museum. He also published one about Brooklyn or the Palisades area of Jessamine and Mercer Counties. His wife's nickname was Cotton because of her white hair. They were both feisty. I lived and grew up on five acres that attached to the Chinn land. It was at 5555 Lexington Rd in Mercer county. The Chinn mansion was in a hairpin curve...'Chinn curve.' "We had hunters and trespassers that would go on the property and we would have to call the Chinns to have them removed. "My grandfather grew up and ran with Jack Chinn. Jack had a moonshine still in a cave across the ky river from the mansion. He would take a boat across to the cave. Mr. George Chinn was a historian and you can look for his books on google. Or contact the Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg or the local library. Sorry, that is all I have except I know George had a daughter." George Morgan Chinn also was a director of the Kentucky Historical Society and editor of their publication "The Register." He authored several books, including "Kentucky: Settlement and Statehood, 1750-1800," still in print, "The Encyclopedia of Hand Arms," and the five-volume work "The Machine Gun." ... See MoreSee Less