Edward Capehart O'Kelley

Edward Capehart O'Kelley (?, 1858—January 13, 1904) was the man who murdered Robert Ford, who had killed the famous outlaw Jesse James to receive a bounty. He was the subject of a 1994 book, Ed O'Kelley: The Man Who Killed Jesse James' Murderer, by Judith Ries, O'Kelley's great-great-niece. Over the years, historians and contemporary newspapers variously spelled O'Kelley's surname as "Kelly" or "O'Kelly", sometimes mistakenly using the letter "O" as his middle initial. Little is known of O'Kelley's youth, except that his mother was Margaret Ann Capehart. He was a child during the American Civil War. Robert Ford befriended outlaw Jesse James in 1882, when he and his brother Charley joined his gang. They lived with James and his family for a time. Ford shot James in the back of the head to collect a state bounty. By 1892, he operated a tent saloon in the silver mining camp of Creede, Colorado. On June 8, 1892, while Ford was preparing to open his saloon, O'Kelley walked into the tent with a shotgun. Ford was turned away from the front entrance. O'Kelley called out, "Hello Bob.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 1st, 1857
Place of birth
Missouri, United States of America
Date of death
January 13th, 1904 at age of 46
Place of death
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America


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