Frank James shot Joseph Heywood.
By BRIAN BURNES
The Kansas City Star
So believes Mark Lee Gardner, the Jesse James expert who speaks in Overland Park Wednesday.
Heywood, acting cashier of the First National Bank in Northfield, Minn., died during the botched September 1876 robbery attempt by the James-Younger gang.
Scholars continue to speculate about just who shot Heywood. Historian T.J. Stiles argued in his 2003 book that it probably was Jesse.
But Gardner thinks otherwise, based on the testimony of Frank Wilcox, a bank employee who survived the robbery.
Wilcox recognized Frank James in 1882, when he visited the outlaw in an Independence jail. Wilcox soon identified Frank James as Heywood’s killer in two affidavits that Gardner found in a Minnesota archive and which, he said, have never before been seen by James scholars.
“To me, this is as solid as it is going to get,” Gardner said recently.
Gardner, author of “Shot All to Hell,” will defend his findings at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Johnson County Library’s Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St.
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Roe v. Wade
The legacy of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion to be unconstitutional, has grown well beyond the actual legal proceeding, Peter Charles Hoffer says.
“What (Justice Harry) Blackmun and other members of the court were trying to do was settle the legal issue,” says Hoffer, author of “Roe v. Wade: The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History.”
The justices thought their decision would end the controversy, “but history proved them wrong,” says Hoffer, adding that the case contained cultural, political and religious dimensions the justices chose not to address.
“In turn, the decision became a target for both sides,” he says.
Hoffer speaks at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The Kansas City Public Library is presenting Hoffer’s appearance with the Truman Library Institute and the Federal Court Historical Society. To RVSP call 816-701-3407.
The Johnson County Library will host a celebration of the late John Mark Eberhart on Sept. 19. Friends of Eberhart are invited to read prose or poetry, either written by Eberhart or themselves. Eberhart, a former Kansas City Star books editor who later served as the library’s readers advisory coordinator, died in March. The tribute begins at 7 p.m. at the Central Resource Library.