Some of the gang were killed in Northfield and others were pursued by a posse relentlessly. Four more killed or captured in the following days. Jesse and Frank James were the only two to escape largely uninjured. Frank was shot in the leg. They lay low in the woods of North Dakota until re-organising.
Their criminal careers were all but over. Frank accepted a pardon and quit crime. Jesse was shot in the back of the head whilst forming a new criminal gang. A quick and unexpected execution at point blank range. A large monetary reward for Jesse, was too tempting for the young hoodlum Robert Ford. Who became immortalised as 'the man who shot Jesse James'.