MFDJ 04/28/24: Bison Danger

Today’s Tame Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On March 22, 1902, Dick Rock, 49, a well-known Yellowstone-area poacher and animal keeper, was killed by one of his own bison near Henry’s Lake, just outside the park. He was attempting to show a friend how “tame” they had become. Several people had warned Dick that the bison would kill him, but he did not listen. One Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. when Dick was feeding a bison, it became enraged and charged him, pinning him against the corral. His screams brought Mrs. Rock and several people from a nearby ranch. What they saw horrified them. Over and over the bison pitched Dick’s body up into the air and gored him with hits horns every time it hit the ground. The bison ripped all the clothes from Dick’s body and left him with twenty-nine horn holes. Mrs. May Garner remembered that when they got Dick out of there, “his eyelids twitched a time or two and he was gone.”

Dick Rock.  No wonder the bison was mad.

Culled from: Death In Yellowstone


Suicide Du Jour!

One of my favorite books is Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective’s Scrapbook.  It is exactly what it says it is: a bizarre and oft-disturbing scrapbook collected over the years by Los Angeles area police detective Jack Huddleston, whose career spanned from 1921 to the early 1950’s. Here’s a strange entry:

Pat Gorman “Suicide” Denatured, Alc.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any additional information on this incident… because it certainly needs an explanation!

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