Jim Taylor dies at age 86, of natural causes. To some residents of Thief River Falls who are old enough to remember, Taylor was a bank robber and a murderer. But to Jim’s wife, friends, and family he was a loving supportive man who helped those in need.
Kathy, Jim’s wife met Taylor when he was paroled after serving a life sentence. Their encounter sparked a dubious Kathy’s interest in Jim’s lifestyle and his subsequent transformation. There is the age old question, “why do good girls love bad boys?”
Although Jim started out as a bad boy living a life of crime, he became a good man of great character. His wife Kathy believed in his eagerness to start over and saw his good qualities. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that not many people have a heart that will come to trust a convicted felon.
Kathy looked beyond the inmate number and court documents and fell in love with a man who never knew what unconditional love meant.
Jim and Kathy wrote a book about Jim’s troubled past, pulling out demons that explained why Jim’s behavior from childhood to adulthood turned criminal. His lifestyle led him to suffer behind prison walls for most of his life.
For those who can’t relate to a life filled with turmoil and internal anguish, it is best to read the well written book. May the death of Jim Taylor bring peace to his soul but the unrest continues to remain in the prison system. Jim’s life lessons should serve as a lesson to the young and the vulnerable men of the world.