BC: By: Erin Rogers
FC: Belle Starr
1: Belle Starr was one of the many legends of the Wild West, but what did she really do?
2: Belle Starr is notorious for association with outlaws. A little known fact is that she grew up with Jesse James in her home state of Missouri .
3: She had many relationships with outlaws . The list includes: Cole Younger, Jim Reed, Sam Starr, Jim Middleton, Jim July, and a man by the name of Blue Duck . Blue Duck is shown in this picture.
4: Though she had affairs with many outlaws she was only ever married to Jim Reed and Sam Starr. It is because of this that it is uncertain who fathered each of her children . This is one of Belle's children Rosie Lee who was better known as Pearl Younger
5: Belle was said to have been an aid to her husband Sam Starr and his gang. They used their house as a hideout for outlaws .
6: Belle and Sam Starr were eventually Wanted by the government for the crimes listed in the picture to the left .
7: Though she was involved in many gangs, it is doubtful that she ever did more than steal a horse
8: Belle is often called the "Bandit Queen". It is speculated that she gave herself this nickname .
9: Her husband, Sam Starr was killed during a dispute in 1886
10: Belle Starr's legend lives on through tales of the Wild West and through her modern descendants. . "The Bandit Queen" along with Jesse James, Billy the Kid and many others will remain one of the greatest legends of crime in the West .
11: Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr was killed by an unknown assailant on February 3rd of 1889 and was buried at Younger's Bend .