Belle Starr

Journal Gazette and Times Courier

Little Known Characters in America: Belle Starr

Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr (Feb. 5, 1848-Feb. 3, 1889) better known as Belle Starr, was an American outlaw who rode with such bandits as the James-Younger Gang. Born on a farm near Carthage, Missouri, most of her family members called her May. Her father, John Shirley was considered to be the “black sheep” of a well-to-do Virginia family.