Those interested in the history of the infamous Younger Brothers of Missouri know eldest brother Cole’s story. Or at least they think they do. Cole told it enough times. Yet his autobiography, his dozens of interviews, and the stories he told to his friends and family members unfortunately tell a story quite different from researched history of the same times and events. John and Bob died young and never had the opportunity to tell their side of it all. And brother Jim remained silent. Until now.
Tortured Soul: Jim Younger in His Own Words finally reveals Jim’s memories, thoughts, and opinions. Although Jim’s recollections are also mired in selective memories and a certain distortion brought about by the passage of time, a damaged psyche, and a need to protect himself and those he loved, the story Jim tells is based on his history and his desire to set Cole’s tall tales in their proper perspective.
Marley Brant is the author of ten books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her books have been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, and numerous other newspapers; have been the basis for television programs on A&E and VH1; and have served as the primary research for hours of television programming. Employed for decades in the entertainment industry, Brant was the cocreator and coproducer of the TBS special Outlaws, Rebels and Rogues. Brant’s outlaw books have been recognized with the Milton F. Perry Award for extensive research and contribution to American History.