One of the things that strikes a person first when they see the Star magazine picture of Melissa Smith, the second alleged ‘other woman’ in the Jesse James mistresses scandal, is the similarity between her and Janine Lindemulder, Jesse James’ ex-wife. They are both stunning as blondes (Janine sports a variety of hair colorations) and both sport an array of tattoos. Although there is little resemblance facially, one might think that by the time James saw her picture on MySpace (September 2006), he may have been longing for the company of someone more like his ex-wife (whom he divorced after a year of marriage in 2003).
Jesse James had been married to famed actress Sandra Bullock — who sports no visible tattoos — for a little over a year
If one glances at current pictures of Janine Lindemulder, one will note that she has tattoos running the length of both arms, but she didn’t always have both arms tattooed. In fact, she only had one arm tattooed for awhile and has gotten most of her tattoos, which meet and go down to the small of her back, in the last decade. Melissa Smith’s body art resembles that of Lindemulder prior to the second arm of tattoos.
And there might be something to the attraction. Melissa Smith alleges to have been James’ mistress for two years. The first alleged mistress to out him, Michelle ‘Bombshell’ McGee, was his ‘other woman’ for nearly a year in 2009. Pictures of McGee’s body art shows that her tattoos are more extensive than Smith’s, covering more area of her body. Lindemulder went from a couple of tattoos in 2000 (as witness her portrayal as the nurse in the Blink 182 video “What’s My Age Again?”) to having her arms and back covered with intricate tattoos by decade’s end.
Jesse James still had contact with Lindemulder, albeit through and because of his daughter and in situations increasingly involving lawyers over the years (James currently has custody of their daughter). Could he have simply graduated to a more tattoo-bedecked alternate version of his ex-wife? Without corroboration or negation from James himself, it is difficult to say. And all the public has to go on are pictures — and the fact that all these women are also connected in some way to the adult entertainment industry (all three are or have been exotic dancers / strippers; Lindemulder was a porn star; McGee was once a webcam girl).
So, was Jesse James simply trying to recapture something he found with his ex-wife, Lindemulder, before their marriage fell apart? Perhaps. And perhaps it is all a coincidence. Pictures of Melissa Smith and Michelle ‘Bombshell’ McGee might say a thousand words but they’re not saying anything about why Jesse James allegedly chose these women as mistresses. Or do they?