Iconic Corpse: The Exhumations of Jesse James

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Mortician: Caitlin Doughty
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This video was greatly informed by the book "Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War" by T.J. Stiles. Thank you Mr. Stiles for your exhaustive research and insight.

"Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War"
Stiles, T.J.
Alfred A. Knopf (a division of Random House, Inc.) 2002. New York.
The Death of Jesse James
"The afterlife of Jesse James"
"Body of Evidence"
"Historically Yours: John Newman Edwards and the legend of Jesse James"


  1. Tonya


    9 hours ago

    Oh h*** no-I better not catch anybody plucking anything off somebody’s grave. Better leave them flags alone- anybody who doesn’t like it can turn their heads and look the other way

  2. Linda Richter

    Linda Richter

    9 hours ago


  3. William Griffith

    William Griffith

    11 hours ago

    I really like you. You seem to like history so why are you ok with acting like something didn't happen because it's wrong. A flag is a part of history and you want to act like it didn't happen.

  4. Dan Christensen

    Dan Christensen

    11 hours ago

    ok...you found the arm. now do jimmie hoffa.

  5. Jim Hayden

    Jim Hayden

    14 hours ago

    I probably would have followed this person,for further presentations, had it not been for the comment about removing all the ''Confederate" flags,from the graves. Evidently, she has no respect for those she doesn't agree with. A shame,as she otherwise seems rather intelligent.

  6. Jennea Cubero

    Jennea Cubero

    14 hours ago

    No One: Not A Soul: Some Guy: *inhales and exhales a sultry voice* Grandma, it's me, Jesse James.

  7. Aaron Andrews

    Aaron Andrews

    14 hours ago

    Nice mustache lol

  8. tupacshologram


    16 hours ago

    hey Caitlin, love this video as always :D i knew nothing about jesse james before, so this was really fun and informative. me & my gf have an idea for a video request; a video about the racist pseudoscience of phrenology and how it led to a corpse trade of mainly indigenous people in the south pacific? i know you mentioned phrenology a bit in some past videos, and was wondering if youd be interested in expanding on that topic more, since we just listened to a podcast that talked about the history of it (and man is it brutal) and seeing as how it relates heavily with death and dead bodies, we thought it might be a good fit. we love your informative videos and we think it'd be good for more people to be informed on where phrenology came from and how awful it really was since its legacy still contributes to racism today.

  9. Sheila Hass

    Sheila Hass

    16 hours ago

    I’m from Granbury and I don’t know anyone that truly believes it’s Jesse James buried here. It’s so cool that you visited my small town!

  10. Randall Pope

    Randall Pope

    16 hours ago

    Jesse is buried in Missouri. End of story. You missed a better story of Billy the Kid claimant buried in Hico, Texas. Not too far from Granbury. This guy claimed for many years that he was in fact Billy the Kid who is supposed to be buried in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico where The Kid was killed by Pat Garrett. I don't think they've exhumed either grave to prove one body is or isn't William Henry Bonney (aka Billy the Kid). Caitlyn, maybe you can work on that one. But note one thing. It's just as hot in Ft. Sumner as it is in Granbury. Be prepared.

  11. Randall Pope

    Randall Pope

    17 hours ago

    His sister Susan Lavenia James Parmer is buried in the city where I live. Wichita Falls, Texas. She is buried here with her husband Allen Parmer. In Texas, we also have a guy who lived in Hico, Texas who claimed to be Billy the Kid.

  12. [REDACTED]


    17 hours ago

    Yeah, let's take the flags off the graves! Let's dig up those traitors and throw their corpses in the ocean!

  13. Eli Watson

    Eli Watson

    18 hours ago

    When I die I want my body sliced exactly in half from head to toe and buried in two separate places under different names of famous people

  14. Heather Murray

    Heather Murray

    20 hours ago

    We’re not fuckin banning history. Are you kidding me? This is America. We don’t do that shit. We don’t censor other people. I get why confederate flags are offensive, I’d never fly one, but banning them? Really?

  15. nightstalkerck


    22 hours ago

    My great grandfather died in 1944, but lost his arm in the early 1930"s and his arm was also buried in the cemetery.

  16. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi

    22 hours ago

    There is always some loser claiming to be someone famous that died...

  17. Timothy Good

    Timothy Good

    23 hours ago

    I love the neutral way you represent the facts.

  18. TheWriterofWrongs


    Day ago

    I waited and hoped for a “HOL-land’s ARM” pop up at the end. But I also try and find an excuse for a Bentham’s head joke in every video soooo . . .

    • eioshen boboi

      eioshen boboi

      22 hours ago

      the embalsaming work was Not good and his mother could Not Identity him :/,

  19. Nikaela Sainz

    Nikaela Sainz

    Day ago

    Have you ever been to the Body exhibit? I've been to it twice and I thought it was very interesting. Could you do a video about it?

  20. Shannon Ongley

    Shannon Ongley

    Day ago

    My phone isn't being terribly cooperative at the moment at letting me see other comments, but I'd say (as an amateur) that their ears don't match. As I'm sure many of you know, ears can be like finger prints. And the wannabe Jesse James has a very clear 45 degree crease (weirdly also indicative of heart disease and he doesn't look over 100) in his earlobes that Jesse doesn't. It's heredity and Jesse's mom has a 80 degree crease just like confirmed pictures of Jesse's James. Just an observation, but I think a pretty conclusive one as one can get without access to DNA. PS: check your earlobes. Our bodies give us all kinds of hints as to how to take care of ourselves.

  21. ThirrinDiamond


    Day ago

    Ik im being skeevy but the personification of horror be looking damn fine 👀

  22. Walrus Bellhop

    Walrus Bellhop

    Day ago

    Why didn't they just dog up the right guy while they were there? Or even when they were putting "the wrong guy" back in?

  23. Red Reaper

    Red Reaper

    Day ago

    You look better without the makeup and rounded bangs. Way prettier natural. Lucky girl.

  24. kimnkib68


    Day ago

    If you think the bushwhackers were bad, you should read up on the the Union red legs.

  25. alinae75


    Day ago

    Very interesting video! I am from NW Missouri, grown up with the stories of the James gang, and been to the house he was killed in in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as the other museums there in town that reference the James gang's history there. Thank you for a very good (and entertaining) representation of the facts.

  26. Riahlize


    Day ago

    Please make more longer videos like this! I cannot be the only person who wants this. I don't care if that means it takes you longer to put out a video at your own pace because this isn't your full time gig, I get it. But I keep watching your videos and they all end too soon. I want to know more about so many other videos you've posted in the past.

  27. Jeca Raven

    Jeca Raven

    Day ago

    As it turns out, William Henry Holland is my grandmother’s estranged uncle. I saw this episode when it posted and sent it to my mom because of the name and location of the grave. I just got off the phone with my 92 year old grandmother and asked who is buried next to Jesse James. She already knew who it was. I had to drag that much info out of her, but she doesn’t know what happened to his arm. Mom is gonna ask her cousins back East if they know the story. Our family branch went to CA after the dust bowl, so we are out of the loop.

  28. Brandon Coyle

    Brandon Coyle

    Day ago

    Hi there! What happened to "the good death store"? Did you guys close the store down?

  29. Jessica Jewett

    Jessica Jewett

    Day ago

    Jesse James definitely died at Bob Ford's hand. My great great great great uncle was an undertaker's apprentice at the funeral home mortuary place where Jesse's body was taken. Part of his job was to build the coffin and wash the body. They made him do all the sweaty work because he was an apprentice. If it wasn't Jesse, he would have known it. Western Missouri is like one big small town. People would have known if it was a fake Jesse. And my undertaker uncle stole the necktie Jesse was wearing when his body arrived for washing. It was in our family until WWII.

  30. Kristen Basgall

    Kristen Basgall

    Day ago

    I didn’t know that you did the midnight gospel and I’m watching the episode right now and I recognized your voice LOL

  31. Lizzette Flores

    Lizzette Flores

    Day ago

    just came here to say i enjoyed watching the episode on Midnight Gospel you were featured in and especially your character with its goofy eye😂💗

  32. Erin Mumford

    Erin Mumford

    Day ago

    I was really hoping you'd have "Holland's arm" (a la Bentham's head) at the very end of the video. XD



    Day ago

    I think the time has come to have an in-depth discussion about rictus.

  34. EO Beco

    EO Beco

    Day ago

    I love your Channel !! I Hope you Could make a Video about „Maximilian II „. ( he was embalsamed but something went wrong.. somehow he could reach his Home in Austria but the embalsaming work was Not good and his mother could Not Identity him :/,

  35. John Blanchfield

    John Blanchfield

    Day ago

    You're such a GREAT storyteller

  36. David Kirk

    David Kirk

    Day ago

    While I don't believe taxidermy and candles are dangerous, I think many people would also be... nervous... to clean your home.

  37. indigo feige falconer

    indigo feige falconer

    Day ago

    Ok stupid question. When they find mummies or bodies or historical anything how do they know its how things were done and not just "ahh and here we see prehistoric Susan's home made pottery." or " oh and here we see crazy Joe's mummies he made of his victims" how do they know something represents that entire culture at the time and not just a person of that time?

  38. PurpleGlitter74


    Day ago

    Am I losing my mind, or did I see a Toy Story horse and saloon in the beginning?

  39. Mike Marsh

    Mike Marsh

    Day ago

    She said, bushwhacker 😂

  40. wonderwend1


    Day ago

    " wanna rob a bank?" Dead

  41. Savannah Terrell

    Savannah Terrell

    Day ago

    YOU COME TO MY HOME TOWN AND DON’T EVEN TELL US?! Once in a lifetime opportunity to meet you!

  42. Bill Dougan

    Bill Dougan

    2 days ago

    You forgot the part where his body fell out the bottom of the rotten wooden casket and back into the grave. Years later, they redug his exhumation grave and found his jaw bone. 💀

  43. Artemis of Olympus

    Artemis of Olympus

    2 days ago

    You’re a riot! 😂 You explain everything in your videos in a fun, yet informative way; it makes it less morbid and enjoyable to watch - Subscribed! 😁

    • Rock girl

      Rock girl

      Day ago


  44. 53182


    2 days ago

    Can you do a video about real bodies that were used as props in Poltergeist?

    • Rock girl

      Rock girl

      Day ago

      which made it all funnier. Hahaha

  45. Dr. D

    Dr. D

    2 days ago

    August 19th...a Leo, huh? No wonder you're in the US-state show biz! Leo = entertainment, ego.

  46. Simply Marie

    Simply Marie

    2 days ago

    Did you happen to voice over "death" in Seaon 1 episode. 7 of three midnight gospel because it sounds just like you!!!

  47. Melissa Aiello

    Melissa Aiello

    2 days ago

    Here in San Jose, CA we have a mining cemetery that supposedly has a grave for the arm of a miner, Bert Barrett. It's near a former quicksilver mine (now a state park with oodles of miles of hiking trails). The cemetery is nestled in the area of Old Almaden . Just a wee bit o' limb lore for ya! :-)

  48. Osom Sith

    Osom Sith

    2 days ago

    Your pandering about progressive politics are garbage.

  49. Ronni Rotten

    Ronni Rotten

    2 days ago

    Could you possibly do an iconic corpse video about Inês de Castro, please? Is this the right place to ask?

  50. Emalee Perry

    Emalee Perry

    2 days ago

    I was barely paying attention to the video while playing on my phone and then all of the sudden I was caught so off guard by you mentioning my hometown. Granbury is kinda small so I don’t hear it come up much especially in one of my favorite creators videos!

  51. The one with the face

    The one with the face

    2 days ago

    "wanna rob a bank?" Yes. Yes I do.

  52. Scott C

    Scott C

    2 days ago

    You have to pick someone who died 70 years before you. You'll have to research right before you shuffle off the ol' mortal coil. Or, we could just all be the love child of Betty White and Jesse James.

  53. Shyanne Passley

    Shyanne Passley

    2 days ago

    So I know this comment probably wont be seen but I wonder if you have seen the movie Swiss Army Man. It is a very wierd movie that I think as a mortician you'd have a different appreciation for. Would be an interesting video for you to review the movie.

  54. Anoureux


    2 days ago

    I’ve lived near Granbury my entire life and I’ve never heard of this

  55. Welding_guy


    2 days ago

    I don’t know how your channel got in my feed, but you are awesome and my new favorite channel..

  56. Pine


    2 days ago

    Petition to reunite William Holland with his missing arm

  57. Latisha


    2 days ago

    Elmer McCurdy had a wild ride, can we get a video on him?

  58. gingerbered


    2 days ago

    Have you considered doing a video on unmarked graves in established graveyards? My family owns a graveyard and has seen it happen many times but most people think the only explanation is 'hiding a murder body's, a lot of people aren't aware of people who do this because they cant afford funerals or burials.

  59. All for dogs

    All for dogs

    2 days ago

    It’s as if history is being rewritten . Let’s remove and ban any symbols of the old south . And how about instead of Christopher Columbus being a hero we will now see him as a criminal. In fact let’s just rewrite history altogether until none of us can be offended by it . Thank you social justice warriors. But do keep in mind that cleansing history we are dooming ourselves to repeat it

  60. Jolene Stamps

    Jolene Stamps

    2 days ago

    ♡ I loved your videos ♡

  61. Christopher Davis

    Christopher Davis

    2 days ago

    Your right it's illegal to tear down tombstone's or destroy monument's unless you are a liberal Democratic who wants to destroy history and kiss the ass of a few idiots .

  62. Roger Parker

    Roger Parker

    2 days ago

    Ms. Caitlin you are gorgeous and fine, love your personna. I love watching your videos also.

  63. weiwen


    2 days ago

    will the real jesse james pls stand up pls stand up.

  64. Limara64


    2 days ago

    Fabulated lol x

  65. Ray Perry

    Ray Perry

    2 days ago

    Hay .hate to tell yea ay I'm Jess ..mm ok well have a song a wrote lol

  66. Steve Hogard

    Steve Hogard

    2 days ago

    Only a California Communist would want to defile graves of the Honored Dead.

  67. Panda Pup

    Panda Pup

    2 days ago

    New channel name "Ask A Becky!"

  68. Jason Farris

    Jason Farris

    2 days ago

    How about one on the elephant man Joseph Merrick

  69. Amanda Gareis

    Amanda Gareis

    2 days ago

    OMG Sylvester and the Magic Pebble...I loved that book as a child but it really did scare me to death.

  70. Ieva Gaile

    Ieva Gaile

    2 days ago

    Maybe video about Tim Burton's obsession with death?

  71. Rozzy Roo

    Rozzy Roo

    2 days ago


  72. Christine Conroy

    Christine Conroy

    3 days ago

    Love your facial expressions.

  73. Hanna Andreasen

    Hanna Andreasen

    3 days ago

    So I just spent the last week binging every single episode on your channel! I loooooove you and what you do! I've learnt so much from you, and have been able to help my boyfriend a bit with his fear of death. I live in Sweden, so a lot of the things concerning rights and laws about burials don't really apply, I still feel much more informed of so much of the things surrounding death. My dad passed away very suddenly and unexpected 2 years ago, something I've still havent completely recovered from, now its just me and my mom. After watching you I have so many good questions to ask her, to fully get to the bottom of what she wants for her funeral and burial. With dad, we didn't really know at all. We didn't know what questions to ask or anything. I feel much more prepared now and I look forward to more of your videos to keep learning. Thank you for being you, and doing what you do!

  74. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    3 days ago

    "Look, sonny, I'm over 170 years old; the mind's not what it used to be... WANNA ROB A BANK?" 😂

  75. Karen Perry

    Karen Perry

    3 days ago

    No he died. July 14

  76. MzShasta Libra

    MzShasta Libra

    3 days ago

    I have a sign in my home "Housework won't kill you but why take a chance" i - .... 0_0 ...

    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

      3 days ago

      you are one scrumptious lady!

  77. Brandon D.

    Brandon D.

    3 days ago

    Great video Becky Jarvitson. Keep them coming

  78. Timothy Greer

    Timothy Greer

    3 days ago

    I was a bit bummed by the anticlimactic ending but THEN we get an amputated arm, with a back story!

  79. Ocean Hedonist

    Ocean Hedonist

    3 days ago

    Hey Caitlin, Some guy needs to wife you up. What do you think about that? 😉

  80. Donna Watkins

    Donna Watkins

    3 days ago

    My great great grandfather saved Jesse's life, along with that of his brother, Frank. He was a notorious bushwhacker and we're very proud of him. I usually like your humor, but I find this one offensive. Sorry.