Jesse James historian to speak March 29 at Newman University

Mar 11, 2010

Those who know the story of the famous outlaw Jesse James are aware of the account of his death, when he was shot from behind by Robert Ford. Historian and Newman graduate Ron Pastore of Benton, however, believes things happened differently. After spending 10 years studying photographs, forensic data, historical research, and rock engravings, Pastore alleges that it was James’ cousin that was killed, and that Jesse James died in Kansas at the age of 88.

Pastore will present his findings during a 45-minute presentation at Newman University on Monday, March 29, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center in the Dugan Library and Campus Center. Following the presentation will be a question and answer session. A reception will then be held with Pastore in the Tarcisia Roths, ASC Alumni Center on the upper floor of the Dugan Library. The evening is free and open to the public.

Pastore’s work was featured on the History Channel this past fall as part of a special production entitled, “Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure.” His work was also highlighted in an earlier documentary, “Investigating History: Jesse James,” which aired on the History Channel in 2003. “This is my first big exposé of much material that did not get revealed on the special,” Pastore said, referring to the History Channel documentary.

Advance copies of Pastore’s soon-to-be-released book, Jesse James’ Secret, may be available at the event for purchase and author autographs, though that is not yet confirmed. The book takes the reader on a 10-year journey to unlock a mystery that spans two centuries while introducing secret societies and buried treasure.

Pastore, a 1994 graduate of Newman University, holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology. As an archaeological contractor and director of National Geomantic Survey, Inc., Pastore is certified in the use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and uses this technology to conduct geophysical site surveys for property owners. He lives in rural Butler County and divides his time between research projects and operating as a corporate security consultant. Pastore began exploring archaeological sites and caves throughout Kansas after graduating from Newman University.