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Myra Maybelle Shirley also popularly known as the "Bandit Queen" was born on February 5, 1848, in a farm near Carthage, Missouri. She was among six children, but the only daughter of her farmer parents, John and Elizabeth Shirley. If her family moved into Carthage her dad became a prosperous innkeeper and servant holder. Belle attended the Carthage Female Academy, where she participates in reading, grammar, spelling, arithmetic, manner, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, also acquired a love for playing the piano. She later attended another private school named Cravens, where she's further summoned her love for the music. At the onset of the Civil War, both her parents were southern sympathizers and supporters of all Confederate troops in Missouri. Myra's parents were seemingly delighted, and were even more devoted to encouraging the Confederate cause in which their eldest son, John, joined a squad of bushwhackers in bloody reprisals across the Missouri-Kansas border. Later this as a consequence of fighting for the Confederacy with William C. Quantrill's guerillas, John was killed by Union troops in Sarcoxie, Missouri. Many think that his influence directed Belle in the conclusion of her life's direction. From 1864, once Carthage was burned off, the family had migrated to Scyene, Texas, near Dallas, and again established a hotel and tavern. They soon had multiple intriguing visitors. At the close of the war the remnants of Quantrill's gang turned on to undisguised outlawry, becoming notorious as the gangs headed by the Younger brothers and by Jesse and Frank James. They occasionally sought refuge in the Shirley farm, and Belle became near Jesse James and his group, the rest of the Youngers, and other outlaws, lots of whom, including her brother, had served by Quantrill's raiders duri...