Iconic Corpse: The Exhumations of Jesse James

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9 days ago

Meanwhile, back at the (wrong) grave...
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***CREDITS***
Mortician: Caitlin Doughty
Producer & Writer: Louise Hung (@LouiseHung1)
Editor & Graphics: Landis Blair (@landisblair)
This video was greatly informed by the book "Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War" by T.J. Stiles. Thank you Mr. Stiles for your exhaustive research and insight.

***SELECTED SOURCES***
"Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War"
Stiles, T.J.
Alfred A. Knopf (a division of Random House, Inc.) 2002. New York.
The Death of Jesse James
www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/james-death/
"The afterlife of Jesse James"
www.mysanantonio.com/life/article/The-afterlife-of-Jesse-James-3428043.php
"Body of Evidence"
www.texasmonthly.com/articles/body-of-evidence/
"Historically Yours: John Newman Edwards and the legend of Jesse James"
www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2020/jan/21/historically-yours-john-newman-edwards-and-the-legend-of-jesse-james/813097/

Comments
Tonya
Tonya 36 minutes ago
Oh h*** no-I better not catch anybody plucking anything off somebody’s grave. Better leave them flags alone- anybody who doesn’t like it can turn their heads and look the other way
Linda Richter
Linda Richter Hour ago
Lol!
William Griffith
William Griffith 2 hours ago
I really like you. You seem to like history so why are you ok with acting like something didn't happen because it's wrong. A flag is a part of history and you want to act like it didn't happen.
Dan Christensen
Dan Christensen 2 hours ago
ok...you found the arm. now do jimmie hoffa.
Jim Hayden
Jim Hayden 5 hours ago
I probably would have followed this person,for further presentations, had it not been for the comment about removing all the ''Confederate" flags,from the graves. Evidently, she has no respect for those she doesn't agree with. A shame,as she otherwise seems rather intelligent.
Jennea Cubero
Jennea Cubero 5 hours ago
No One: Not A Soul: Some Guy: *inhales and exhales a sultry voice* Grandma, it's me, Jesse James.
Aaron Andrews
Aaron Andrews 5 hours ago
Nice mustache lol
tupacshologram
tupacshologram 7 hours ago
hey Caitlin, love this video as always :D i knew nothing about jesse james before, so this was really fun and informative. me & my gf have an idea for a video request; a video about the racist pseudoscience of phrenology and how it led to a corpse trade of mainly indigenous people in the south pacific? i know you mentioned phrenology a bit in some past videos, and was wondering if youd be interested in expanding on that topic more, since we just listened to a podcast that talked about the history of it (and man is it brutal) and seeing as how it relates heavily with death and dead bodies, we thought it might be a good fit. we love your informative videos and we think it'd be good for more people to be informed on where phrenology came from and how awful it really was since its legacy still contributes to racism today.
Sheila Hass
Sheila Hass 7 hours ago
I’m from Granbury and I don’t know anyone that truly believes it’s Jesse James buried here. It’s so cool that you visited my small town!
Randall Pope
Randall Pope 8 hours ago
Jesse is buried in Missouri. End of story. You missed a better story of Billy the Kid claimant buried in Hico, Texas. Not too far from Granbury. This guy claimed for many years that he was in fact Billy the Kid who is supposed to be buried in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico where The Kid was killed by Pat Garrett. I don't think they've exhumed either grave to prove one body is or isn't William Henry Bonney (aka Billy the Kid). Caitlyn, maybe you can work on that one. But note one thing. It's just as hot in Ft. Sumner as it is in Granbury. Be prepared.
Randall Pope
Randall Pope 8 hours ago
His sister Susan Lavenia James Parmer is buried in the city where I live. Wichita Falls, Texas. She is buried here with her husband Allen Parmer. In Texas, we also have a guy who lived in Hico, Texas who claimed to be Billy the Kid.
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[REDACTED] 8 hours ago
Yeah, let's take the flags off the graves! Let's dig up those traitors and throw their corpses in the ocean!
Eli Watson
Eli Watson 9 hours ago
When I die I want my body sliced exactly in half from head to toe and buried in two separate places under different names of famous people
Heather Murray
Heather Murray 11 hours ago
We’re not fuckin banning history. Are you kidding me? This is America. We don’t do that shit. We don’t censor other people. I get why confederate flags are offensive, I’d never fly one, but banning them? Really?
nightstalkerck
nightstalkerck 13 hours ago
My great grandfather died in 1944, but lost his arm in the early 1930"s and his arm was also buried in the cemetery.
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi 14 hours ago
There is always some loser claiming to be someone famous that died...
Timothy Good
Timothy Good 14 hours ago
I love the neutral way you represent the facts.
TheWriterofWrongs
TheWriterofWrongs 16 hours ago
I waited and hoped for a “HOL-land’s ARM” pop up at the end. But I also try and find an excuse for a Bentham’s head joke in every video soooo . . .
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi 14 hours ago
the embalsaming work was Not good and his mother could Not Identity him :/,
Nikaela Sainz
Nikaela Sainz 17 hours ago
Have you ever been to the Body exhibit? I've been to it twice and I thought it was very interesting. Could you do a video about it?
Shannon Ongley
Shannon Ongley 17 hours ago
My phone isn't being terribly cooperative at the moment at letting me see other comments, but I'd say (as an amateur) that their ears don't match. As I'm sure many of you know, ears can be like finger prints. And the wannabe Jesse James has a very clear 45 degree crease (weirdly also indicative of heart disease and he doesn't look over 100) in his earlobes that Jesse doesn't. It's heredity and Jesse's mom has a 80 degree crease just like confirmed pictures of Jesse's James. Just an observation, but I think a pretty conclusive one as one can get without access to DNA. PS: check your earlobes. Our bodies give us all kinds of hints as to how to take care of ourselves.
ThirrinDiamond
ThirrinDiamond 18 hours ago
Ik im being skeevy but the personification of horror be looking damn fine 👀
Walrus Bellhop
Walrus Bellhop 20 hours ago
Why didn't they just dog up the right guy while they were there? Or even when they were putting "the wrong guy" back in?
Red Reaper
Red Reaper 20 hours ago
You look better without the makeup and rounded bangs. Way prettier natural. Lucky girl.
kimnkib68
kimnkib68 21 hour ago
If you think the bushwhackers were bad, you should read up on the the Union red legs.
alinae75
alinae75 22 hours ago
Very interesting video! I am from NW Missouri, grown up with the stories of the James gang, and been to the house he was killed in in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as the other museums there in town that reference the James gang's history there. Thank you for a very good (and entertaining) representation of the facts.
Riahlize
Riahlize Day ago
Please make more longer videos like this! I cannot be the only person who wants this. I don't care if that means it takes you longer to put out a video at your own pace because this isn't your full time gig, I get it. But I keep watching your videos and they all end too soon. I want to know more about so many other videos you've posted in the past.
Jeca Raven
Jeca Raven Day ago
As it turns out, William Henry Holland is my grandmother’s estranged uncle. I saw this episode when it posted and sent it to my mom because of the name and location of the grave. I just got off the phone with my 92 year old grandmother and asked who is buried next to Jesse James. She already knew who it was. I had to drag that much info out of her, but she doesn’t know what happened to his arm. Mom is gonna ask her cousins back East if they know the story. Our family branch went to CA after the dust bowl, so we are out of the loop.
Brandon Coyle
Brandon Coyle Day ago
Hi there! What happened to "the good death store"? Did you guys close the store down?
Jessica Jewett
Jessica Jewett Day ago
Jesse James definitely died at Bob Ford's hand. My great great great great uncle was an undertaker's apprentice at the funeral home mortuary place where Jesse's body was taken. Part of his job was to build the coffin and wash the body. They made him do all the sweaty work because he was an apprentice. If it wasn't Jesse, he would have known it. Western Missouri is like one big small town. People would have known if it was a fake Jesse. And my undertaker uncle stole the necktie Jesse was wearing when his body arrived for washing. It was in our family until WWII.
Kristen Basgall
Kristen Basgall Day ago
I didn’t know that you did the midnight gospel and I’m watching the episode right now and I recognized your voice LOL
Lizzette Flores
Lizzette Flores Day ago
just came here to say i enjoyed watching the episode on Midnight Gospel you were featured in and especially your character with its goofy eye😂💗
Erin Mumford
Erin Mumford Day ago
I was really hoping you'd have "Holland's arm" (a la Bentham's head) at the very end of the video. XD
BONNYRIGG
BONNYRIGG Day ago
I think the time has come to have an in-depth discussion about rictus.
EO Beco
EO Beco Day ago
I love your Channel !! I Hope you Could make a Video about „Maximilian II „. ( he was embalsamed but something went wrong.. somehow he could reach his Home in Austria but the embalsaming work was Not good and his mother could Not Identity him :/,
John Blanchfield
John Blanchfield Day ago
You're such a GREAT storyteller
David Kirk
David Kirk Day ago
While I don't believe taxidermy and candles are dangerous, I think many people would also be... nervous... to clean your home.
indigo feige falconer
indigo feige falconer Day ago
Ok stupid question. When they find mummies or bodies or historical anything how do they know its how things were done and not just "ahh and here we see prehistoric Susan's home made pottery." or " oh and here we see crazy Joe's mummies he made of his victims" how do they know something represents that entire culture at the time and not just a person of that time?
PurpleGlitter74
PurpleGlitter74 Day ago
Am I losing my mind, or did I see a Toy Story horse and saloon in the beginning?
Mike Marsh
Mike Marsh Day ago
She said, bushwhacker 😂
wonderwend1
wonderwend1 Day ago
" wanna rob a bank?" Dead
Savannah Terrell
Savannah Terrell Day ago
YOU COME TO MY HOME TOWN AND DON’T EVEN TELL US?! Once in a lifetime opportunity to meet you!
Bill Dougan
Bill Dougan Day ago
You forgot the part where his body fell out the bottom of the rotten wooden casket and back into the grave. Years later, they redug his exhumation grave and found his jaw bone. 💀
Artemis of Olympus
Artemis of Olympus Day ago
You’re a riot! 😂 You explain everything in your videos in a fun, yet informative way; it makes it less morbid and enjoyable to watch - Subscribed! 😁
Rock girl
Rock girl Day ago
Yay!
53182
53182 Day ago
Can you do a video about real bodies that were used as props in Poltergeist?
Rock girl
Rock girl Day ago
which made it all funnier. Hahaha
Dr. D
Dr. D Day ago
August 19th...a Leo, huh? No wonder you're in the USshow show biz! Leo = entertainment, ego.
Simply Marie
Simply Marie Day ago
Did you happen to voice over "death" in Seaon 1 episode. 7 of three midnight gospel because it sounds just like you!!!
Melissa Aiello
Melissa Aiello Day ago
Here in San Jose, CA we have a mining cemetery that supposedly has a grave for the arm of a miner, Bert Barrett. It's near a former quicksilver mine (now a state park with oodles of miles of hiking trails). The cemetery is nestled in the area of Old Almaden . Just a wee bit o' limb lore for ya! :-)
Osom Sith
Osom Sith Day ago
Your pandering about progressive politics are garbage.
Ronni Rotten
Ronni Rotten Day ago
Could you possibly do an iconic corpse video about Inês de Castro, please? Is this the right place to ask?
Emalee Perry
Emalee Perry Day ago
I was barely paying attention to the video while playing on my phone and then all of the sudden I was caught so off guard by you mentioning my hometown. Granbury is kinda small so I don’t hear it come up much especially in one of my favorite creators videos!
The one with the face
The one with the face Day ago
"wanna rob a bank?" Yes. Yes I do.
Scott C
Scott C Day ago
You have to pick someone who died 70 years before you. You'll have to research right before you shuffle off the ol' mortal coil. Or, we could just all be the love child of Betty White and Jesse James.
Shyanne Passley
Shyanne Passley Day ago
So I know this comment probably wont be seen but I wonder if you have seen the movie Swiss Army Man. It is a very wierd movie that I think as a mortician you'd have a different appreciation for. Would be an interesting video for you to review the movie.
Anoureux
Anoureux Day ago
I’ve lived near Granbury my entire life and I’ve never heard of this
Welding_guy
Welding_guy 2 days ago
I don’t know how your channel got in my feed, but you are awesome and my new favorite channel..
Pine
Pine 2 days ago
Petition to reunite William Holland with his missing arm
Latisha
Latisha 2 days ago
Elmer McCurdy had a wild ride, can we get a video on him?
gingerbered
gingerbered 2 days ago
Have you considered doing a video on unmarked graves in established graveyards? My family owns a graveyard and has seen it happen many times but most people think the only explanation is 'hiding a murder body's, a lot of people aren't aware of people who do this because they cant afford funerals or burials.
All for dogs
All for dogs 2 days ago
It’s as if history is being rewritten . Let’s remove and ban any symbols of the old south . And how about instead of Christopher Columbus being a hero we will now see him as a criminal. In fact let’s just rewrite history altogether until none of us can be offended by it . Thank you social justice warriors. But do keep in mind that cleansing history we are dooming ourselves to repeat it
Jolene Stamps
Jolene Stamps 2 days ago
♡ I loved your videos ♡
Christopher Davis
Christopher Davis 2 days ago
Your right it's illegal to tear down tombstone's or destroy monument's unless you are a liberal Democratic who wants to destroy history and kiss the ass of a few idiots .
Roger Parker
Roger Parker 2 days ago
Ms. Caitlin you are gorgeous and fine, love your personna. I love watching your videos also.
weiwen
weiwen 2 days ago
will the real jesse james pls stand up pls stand up.
Limara64
Limara64 2 days ago
Fabulated lol x
Ray Perry
Ray Perry 2 days ago
Hay .hate to tell yea ay I'm Jess ..mm ok well have a song a wrote lol
Steve Hogard
Steve Hogard 2 days ago
Only a California Communist would want to defile graves of the Honored Dead.
Panda Pup
Panda Pup 2 days ago
New channel name "Ask A Becky!"
Jason Farris
Jason Farris 2 days ago
How about one on the elephant man Joseph Merrick
Amanda Gareis
Amanda Gareis 2 days ago
OMG Sylvester and the Magic Pebble...I loved that book as a child but it really did scare me to death.
Ieva Gaile
Ieva Gaile 2 days ago
Maybe video about Tim Burton's obsession with death?
Rozzy Roo
Rozzy Roo 2 days ago
I SAW YOU ON MIDNIGHT GOSPEL HOLY SHITTYDBKXISBWKCJE
Christine Conroy
Christine Conroy 2 days ago
Love your facial expressions.
Hanna Andreasen
Hanna Andreasen 2 days ago
So I just spent the last week binging every single episode on your channel! I loooooove you and what you do! I've learnt so much from you, and have been able to help my boyfriend a bit with his fear of death. I live in Sweden, so a lot of the things concerning rights and laws about burials don't really apply, I still feel much more informed of so much of the things surrounding death. My dad passed away very suddenly and unexpected 2 years ago, something I've still havent completely recovered from, now its just me and my mom. After watching you I have so many good questions to ask her, to fully get to the bottom of what she wants for her funeral and burial. With dad, we didn't really know at all. We didn't know what questions to ask or anything. I feel much more prepared now and I look forward to more of your videos to keep learning. Thank you for being you, and doing what you do!
Ailsa Ni
Ailsa Ni 2 days ago
"Look, sonny, I'm over 170 years old; the mind's not what it used to be... WANNA ROB A BANK?" 😂
Karen Perry
Karen Perry 2 days ago
No he died. July 14
MzShasta Libra
MzShasta Libra 2 days ago
I have a sign in my home "Housework won't kill you but why take a chance" i - .... 0_0 ...
Ailsa Ni
Ailsa Ni 2 days ago
you are one scrumptious lady!
Brandon D.
Brandon D. 2 days ago
Great video Becky Jarvitson. Keep them coming
Timothy Greer
Timothy Greer 2 days ago
I was a bit bummed by the anticlimactic ending but THEN we get an amputated arm, with a back story!
Ocean Hedonist
Ocean Hedonist 2 days ago
Hey Caitlin, Some guy needs to wife you up. What do you think about that? 😉
Donna Watkins
Donna Watkins 2 days ago
My great great grandfather saved Jesse's life, along with that of his brother, Frank. He was a notorious bushwhacker and we're very proud of him. I usually like your humor, but I find this one offensive. Sorry.
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