Son of A Bandit

Jesse James & The Leeds Gang

by Ralph A. Monaco


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Book Excerpt

Ralph A. Monaco II, in Son of a Bandit, brilliantly brings to life the overlapping stories of the legendary bandit, Jesse James and his sole surviving son, Jesse Jr. The author weaves the reader through a story consisting of thought provoking questions - the same puzzeling questions anxious readers of contemporary newspapers had read of the bandit and his son. Would he rob trains like his pa or stand trial as did his Uncle, Frank James? An excerpt from a fateful day in the life of a Son of a Bandit: "A young boy about six, and his younger sister, nearly three, having heard the same echoing noise also bolted through the threshold. The young lad observing his weeping mother and mortally wounded father instantly felt revenge in his heart and soul." Son of a Bandit is packed with murder, adventure, suspense, and mystery. The writer integrates a wide scope of popular local Missouri history and National news headlines of the time between the pages of a masterfully written book. Within one week of being published, Son of a Bandit, Jesse James & The Leeds Gang, author, Ralph Monaco, received the John Newman Edwards Literary Award.


About the Author

Ralph A. Monaco

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ralph A. Monaco, II is a lifelong resident of Raytown, Missouri with a passion for living history and historical presentations. He is known for his first person portrayals of such Nineteenth Century historical notables as George Caleb Bingham (painter), Col. Thomas H. Swope (philanthropist), Manuel de Lisa (Spanish fur trader), Edgar Allen Poe (author and poet), James Slover (defense attorney for Frank James and circuit judge) and Abram Comingo (U.S. Provost Marshal and U.S. Congressman). Ralph is also a Civil War living historian and has been reenacting for over twenty years. He graduated from Rockhurst College in 1978, summa cum laude, with a degree in history and political science, and he earned his juris doctorate degree from U.M.K.C. School of Law in 1981. He is a practicing attorney and member of the Kansas City law firm of Monaco, Sanders, Gotfredson, Racine & Barber, L.C. Mr. Monaco is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, where he served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He has a long-standing record of public service, including President of the Raytown School Board, Board of Director of the Keith Worthington Chapter of ALS, Board of Trustees of Elmwood Cemetery, Board of Director of the Rice-Tremonti House, Board of Director of Stepping Stones, Acorn Life Member of PTA, and Board of Director of the Jackson County Historical Society where he currently serves as Board President. Mr. Monaco, a well-known living historian and public speaker, has been recognized for his historical presentations with such awards as the Outstanding Service Award from the Jackson County Heritage Programs & Museums, Making History Come Alive Award from the Jackson County Historical Society, Kentucky Colonel, recipient of the Pioneer of Harrodsburg of Kentucky, Lifetime Membership Award in the Raytown Historical Society, and the Outstanding Service Award from Jackson County Parks & Recreation. Mr. Monaco was attracted to the story of Jesse Jr. based upon overlapping tales discovered in his research on his first book, The Strange Story of Col. Swope & Dr. Hyde. He and his wife, Karen, live in Raytown, and they have two daughters, Lindsay and Lisa.



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