A Tale of Jealousy and Witchcraft
By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
A man is induced by his wife to strangle her sister and is in turn put to death in a horrible manner.
The following story is excerpted from an article that appeared in the San Francisco Examiner dated October. 19, 1902.
A remarkable story of savage superstition, which reads like the tales of torture and Indian justice related in Cooper's Indian stories came to light among the Mojave Indians along the Colorado River in Arizona. Love, jealousy, superstition, murder and finally a terrible death to the offending Indian all combine to make a story of unusual interest and savage cruelty, astonishing even with those familiar with the tragedies of the mountain and desert in the great Southwest.
The story had its beginning at Hesperia, California. and its sequel in the Granite Wash mountains, Arizona.
In the latter part of last May, news of the savage execution reached those outside of Hesperia and the coroner at San Bernardino was notified. George Bergin a well known prospector who had just returned from Yuma county, Arizona told authorities the story of Bruce's fate.
The coroner's investigation developed the particulars already related. Bruce, who had made no effort to escape, was promptly arrested. In charge of a constable he was taken to the railroad station at Hesperia. While awaiting the arrival of the train Bruce slipped out of the station room and escaped into the darkness. A posse was quickly formed and a long and perilous chase across the desert followed. Bruce made for the Colorado river and the posse followed. The hardships of the men in the long pursuit across the trackless waste were terrible. Once they were close upon the fugitive, but his endurance carried him out of reach and he escaped across the Colorado river into Arizona, near Ehrenberg.
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Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer