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Emmett Hoctor, Friend of the James-Younger Gang, Found Dead

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Emmett Hoctor was found dead in his home in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. The date of death has been ascertained as November 29, 2010. The discovery was made when a service organization who administered to Hoctor attempted to make a delivery, after several days of being prohibited by a severe winter snow storm. In this past year Hoctor had been in frail health and suffered cardiac complications, the probable cause of his death. Hoctor, found lying on the floor of his home, had been dead apparently for at least a couple days.

Emmett Hoctor was a friend of The James-Younger Gang, and over the years had contributed articles to the organization’s Journal. He also had been a member and contributor to NOLA and WOLA. He also was a contributor to Wild West magazine. He held a Master’s degree in History.

Hoctor claimed to have written to James Starrs to convince Starrs to exhume the body of Jesse James and to perform DNA testing. With the approval of the Jesse James family, the exhumation of Jesse James was executed in 1995. Afterward, analysis of Starrs’ procedures, techniques, and results have fallen into critical question. In 1999, Hoctor expressed his own regret that the objective of the exhumation had become botched, calling the exhumation’s report into question himself, although he maintained that the exhumed body was indeed that of Jesse James.

Among the historical works produced by Hoctor is his accounting of the Hoctor family’s history, It’s a Long Way from Tipperary. His great grandfather Patrick Hoctor immigrated from Ireland in the midst of the potato famine. In America Patrick married Julia Kennedy, another immigrant from Tipperary. The couple struggled through the Civil War and an Indian uprising. In 1872 Patrick and Julia migrated to a small community south of Omaha, Nebraska. Emmett’s grandfather, Thomas Hoctor, had been born in a log cabin at Lake Pitts, Minnesota, before the couple moved to Nebraska.

In Nebraska, Emmett’s grandfather Thomas attended a one-room country school and later a business school in Omaha, as he worked with his father on the family farm. Being Irish, Thomas gravitated towards politics and was elected city clerk of South Omaha before he was 21 years old. Later he was elected city treasurer, county commissioner, and in 1906 Mayor of South Omaha. He was again elected Mayor in 1912. Thomas was identified in the Omaha press as “the man with a heart as big as a sugar barrel.” Thomas retired from public service to his real estate office. In 1890, Thomas Hoctor married Pauline Paulsen, an immigrant from Germany, who converted to Catholicism in order to learn English. Of the couple’s three children, James, Emmett Francis, and Charles Hoctor, Emmett Charles Hoctor was born to Charles and Florence Seymour Hoctor.

Educated as a doctor and psychiatrist, Emmett’s famous uncle Dr. Emmett F. Hoctor spent all his life in service to the Farmington (Missouri) State Hospital. He has been Jesuit-educated at Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, where he received the Alpha Sigma Nu Award, given to the top student in a class. As a medical professional, Dr. Hoctor advocated revolutionary theories that emphasized humane treatment of patients, and lobbied passage of a patient’s bill of rights. He also pioneered the desegregation of state hospitals. In 1979, A bill to rename the facility the Emmett F. Hoctor Medical Complex was pending in the Missouri Legislature. Dr. Hoctor already was the recipient of Presidential Citations from Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1966, he had been honored by the Pope with the Knights of St. Gregory Award, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Catholic layman. The life of Dr. Emmett F. Hoctor is accounted in the book Let Me Not Be Mad, Sweet Heaven.

Emmett Charles Hoctor was born in 1950 in Omaha. Named after his famous uncle and father, Emmett lived quietly, often struggling with health demons that seemed beyond his control. Except for his time in the limelight of Jesse James, Emmett acquired no great notoriety. He remained in the shadows of his father and grandfather. Emmett was friendly and amiable, even among those whose opinions he opposed. Those who knew him will recall him as a warm and friendly gentleman.

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Tuesday July 27th, 2021
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"how comes then,that a slave from the james family,back to jesse james,funeral.who was devoted to jesse.was also by the side of j.frank dalton,who claimed to be jesse james?And also senator clark,really the founder of LA! and jesse and frank,photo evidence of high degree freemasons.Jesse was not killed by bob ford.after the alleged killing of jesse,years later,frank was known to have visited bob ford, who had a saloon near a gold rush route. The jesse body that was photographed,and later buried,that was not jesse.It was charlie bigelow,who had infiltrated the james gang,and was a pinkerton informer,because two older bigelows,sit in graves side by side,and both graves show exact same death date. no-body really knows, but the ages on the grave stones of the 2 bigelows could have been charlies uncle and his father. And maybe killed by the james gang. the DNA evidence in the 80s was doubtful.others were buried buried in the same area,they did not find jesse james body,or grave. all they found was a tooth! I suspect jesse james junior,is the son of charlie bigelow. I dont know who this man is but jesse held a position of power in the US,years after he is dead.And had a hand in the assasination of lincoln, and maybe later US presidents,jesse was not a banker, but paid cash for big railroads,and copper mines,as william c.clark.US senator,and was one of the richest and most powerful men, in the US.J frank dalton told a few months before he died, everything, Dont believe? J for jesse, frank for his brother. Dalton for his mothers maiden name. but jesse james mother was not named Dalton. it was j.frank daltons cryptic clue.his mothers maiden name was cole,but she was adopted by another family,dalton. and its really the same as when jesse was so they say killed.jesse laid his gun down on the table,and bob ford shot him in the head from behind,All his friends knew jesse was not dead.Because jesse always put his guns on when he woke up,all who knew him would know jesse is not dead. so it was someone with the name hines,who went to pay his taxes,and was investigated,and found to actualy be jesse evans, a member of the james gang. who finally told jesse and billy the kid were still alive. jesse i think 12 years older than billy. you can see a picture on line of j frank dalton( as an old man) with brushy bill roberts,who admitted to be billy the kid,had his own story as one of the rough riders,and he is listed in theodore roosevelts rough riders. there is a photo a year or two before dalton died,and you can see his friend billy, and his child hood friend a black slave from his family there too.older than jesse.could it just be a co-incidence,that jesse james mother was attacked and had her arm or hand blown off,in attempts to find jesse,and later in the 1940s,investigations were made into the william c.clarke family,and one of the family screamed because old grandmother clarke,by then dead.Also had the same arm missing? jesse faked his own death twice,as jesse and as william c.clarke. his daughter when he was william c.clarke,became a recluse.she had married a man,but when her father died(jesse), it his rumoured after his death as william c.clarke,he came back after some time and told his daughter the truth,he was jesse james. clarke a rich man who lived in high society,was jesse james.she could not accept it,divorced her husband,and became a recluse. the assasination of lincoln by john wilkes booth was a conspiracy of those who still were true to the south. jesse and frank involved. Lincoln was was shot,but seriously injured,too weak to move him so far,so he was taken to the closest boarding house. And to an empty but rented room. to die. the room was though already rented. the name on the room, was william clark. wilkes booth killed after escaping but not. a soldier was set up to be killed in his place. john wilkes booth was also a freemason. wilkes booth died in 1901,as he had become a drunk and a liability,who could expose the truth,As to who controlled america at that time. jesse arranged a meeting and shot john wilkes booth.to protect the brotherhood. "
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