Alright Black Bart here's the real deal on the victim of the Liberty Bank murder.
His name was George Clifford Wymore, born Feb 2, 1849; died 2/13/1866.
Most accounts ignore completely the identity of the victim. However
just this evening my husband was watching an A & E special biography on
the James boys and they did in fact identify George, though they may
have given his age as 19 rather than 17. It is generally claimed that
the shooter was Frank James, though I have never seen actual proof of
this. The real mystery is why George was killed. There were several
others in the street that morning who witnessed the exit of the gang
from the bank. George was purportedly with a friend just leaving his
home to walk to school, when the gang members mounted their horses one
of them turned and looked at George, then shot him, George tried to run
into the door of his house and was shot again. (Another version is that
he turned to run and was shot in the back, only one shot. I have not
seen autopsy or any other official analyses so not sure which is
accurate account.) There has always been family lore that says members
of the Wymore family were acquainted with members of the James family.
If true then my theory is that of the people in the street that morning,
only George made eye contact and recognized the man on the horse. No
attempt was made on the life of George's friend who was standing next to
him. This was such a cold blooded act, and apparently senseless that
there has to be some explanation for it. George's parents were:
William Harrison Wymore and Elizabeth Jane Kellar. Married April 18,
1838 in Clay Co., MO. Since they were married eleven years before
George was born I assume there were siblings but do not have them in my
database as of now.
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