Myra Belle Shirley aka Belle Star was born February 5, 1848 in Carthage Missouri. Her father John Shirley was a wealth inkeeper in Carthage. Her mother was Elizabeth Hatfield Shirley a descendent of the infamous Hatfield family that was involved in the Hatfield and McCoy family fued. Belle and her family soon moved to Sycene, Texas shortly before Carthage was burned to the ground. That same year her brother John Shirley was killed by union troops. During the Civil War Belle would help the Confederacy by reporting the position of the Union troops. After the war one of Belle's childhood friends Cole Younger began outlawing with the infamous Jesse James, when running from the law the gang would hide out at the Shirley farm. Belle became close to the James and Younger gang, this influence would be one reason that Belle would become an outlaw herself. Belle soon married James Reed a childhood, and had two children Rosie Lee and James Edwin. When trying his hand at farming he fell in the company of the Starr clan, a Cherokee Indian family well known for their whiskey, and the James and Younger gang. In 1869 James shot a man who allegedly killed James's brother in an arguement. Belle fled with her husband and children, then two years later she was forced to flee again when James began passing counterfeir money. Jim continued on his crime spree and began robbing stagecoaches and banks, then on August 6, 1874 James Reed was shot and killed while trying to escape custody. Now a widow Belle gave her children to family to care for and she went and lived with the Starr clan. She then immersed her self in outlawing, she organized and planned for the outlaws and also harbored them when they were running from the law. She made enough money doing this that even when her partners were caught she was able to bribe the law enforcement to release them, if she was unable to bribe them then she seduced them. It was during this time that she married Samuel Starr. Belle was relentlessly hunted by Judge Isacc Parker because she was continuously able to elude capture. Belle was charged with horse theft along with her husband Sam, they spent nine months in the House of Corrections in Detroit, Michigan. Over the years she would be brought to trial for a multitude of charges involving robbery, however, Judge Parker would be forced to release her due to lack of evidence. Sam Starr was eventually killed by a long time family nemesis, and when James Edwin was arrested for robbery she was able to have her lawyer contact the President Grover Cleveland and he gave James Edwin a full pardon. On February 3, 1889 Belle Starr was shot a killed, the murderer was never found and Belle was buried on her ranch.