SUNNY CAL JOURNAL - Recalling "Wild And Wonderful" Dancing Outlaw Jesco White

(03/21/2022)

By Bob Weaver 2022

In the early 1990s a PBS documentary was released about the life and times of Boone County resident Jesco White called the "Dancing Outlaw." At the time it was the most popular TV program aired by the network and sold the most videos.

A few years later, another documentary was made called "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia," featuring the entire White clan, imbued by their reckless use of drugs followed by reckless behavior.

A Calhoun man who knew the White family told me about Mamie White crashing in a u-turn, after which Boone deputies showed up to investigate. When they arrived, Mamie advised them with colorful profanity to get their "arse" back to the county seat. They left.

Sometime later, Mamie learned that a clerk who worked in the Family Dollar had intentions toward her boyfriend. Mamie, angered by the information, then drove her truck through the window of the store, trying to run over her.

But Jesco seemed to enjoy his new found media fame, and spent a few years getting a lot of attention, performing and dancing at public events.

Sometime in the 1990s, I gave him a call wanting to meet him. He was lukewarm, but sometime later with a friend for company, we went to his house, his wife having left him.

He was still lukewarm, but invited us to come inside and visit his Elvis Presley room, full of enough memorabilia to sink a battleship. We then sat on the porch, asking him if I could photograph him. He said sure.

It is not an overstatement to say that the White Clan, without a doubt, is the most fascinating I've met in my lifetime.

Jesco is alive in Tennessee, following fake reports about his dying.

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