Jesse James was born on September 5, , in Kearney, Missouri. James and his brother Frank served for the Confederate Army before embarking on criminal careers in the Old West. The James brothers made a name for themselves as bank and train robbers, leading the James-Younger gang. Jesse and his brother Frank James were educated and hailed from a prestigious family of farmers. In the summer of , the James farm was brutally attacked by Union soldiers. Some historians accuse Jesse and Frank of being cruel to Union soldiers, while others argue that it was the brutal treatment the brothers received that turned them to a life of crime. Either way, they rebelled against harsh postwar civil legislation and took the law into their own hands. They began robbing trains, stagecoaches and banks that were owned or operated by a Northern institution.
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Jessie's mother, Miyamoto , was a high-ranking Team Rocket agent. However, after Miyamoto disappeared, Jessie was put into a foster home which had very little money. There were times when she had no choice but to eat snow because of a lack of food, but she revealed in Snow Way Out! She refused to go with him because she and two friends were training to become pop idols. Unfortunately, while her two friends passed, Jessie's audition didn't go well and her idol dreams were quashed. She was quite skilled at things such as bandaging, and even showed a Chansey how to do it. She quickly became good friends with that Chansey. Ultimately, she failed to graduate, and on graduation day, she simply packed a bag and left.
His dedication to the growth of his company led to other opportunities for James, such as hosting the reality show Monster Garage. However, after more than a decade of success, the company went out of business in That same year, James was accused of cheating on his wife, film actress Sandra Bullock, with multiple women. Bullock filed for divorce in April , and the Hollywood couple split. His parents divorced when James was very young, and he was raised by his father, Larry, an antiques dealer. James says that he endured a rough childhood marred by regular physical and emotional abuse from his father.
Raised in the " Little Dixie " area of western Missouri , James and his family maintained strong Southern sympathies. He and his brother Frank James joined pro- Confederate guerrillas known as " bushwhackers " operating in Missouri and Kansas during the American Civil War. As followers of William Quantrill and "Bloody Bill" Anderson , they were accused of participating in atrocities against Union soldiers and civilian abolitionists, including the Centralia Massacre in After the war, as members of various gangs of outlaws , Jesse and Frank robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains across the Midwest , gaining national fame and often popular sympathy despite the brutality of their crimes.