By M.P. Pellicer (Stranger Than Fiction Stories)
Echoes of the past, especially a violent one is heard sometimes years afterwards. Such was the case in September, 1923, when human bones were found about a mile and a half from Whitewater, Colorado.
The coroner and sheriff concluded they'd been buried for many years, and they suspected they belonged to a man killed during a brawl at a saloon close to the discovery of the remains.
W. H. Coffman a local resident of the area since 1883, told the story of what happened to the unfortunate victim. Around 1881, at that spot was a saloon and blacksmith shop. In 1883, there was a fight and two men were killed, and Mr. Coffman remembers that one of them was buried nearby.
Without money, and perhaps an identity, the man was buried without a coffin or not even in consecrated grounds.
The years passed, and the weather eroded the area, uncovering the bones and scattering them along the roadside. After a little digging the rest of the skeleton was found. The plans were to rebury them.
Roadside inns and taverns not only welcome travelers, but also stories of skulduggery and secret burials
In 1870, Mr. Kennedy ran a tavern at the junction of the Mora and Taos Roads in New Mexico.
One night, a gunshot sounded out and Jose Cortez's eyes sprung open, but lucky for him, before he could make a sound he saw the landlord standing over the body of another traveler staying in the same room.
By the light of the lamp he saw blood pour from the bullet hole in the man's head into his red whiskers.
The landlord left, and Jose took the opportuity to escape from the inn.
A year later, he told police of what he witnessed.
A search was made, and sure enough a skeleton was found, and Mr. Kennedy was arrested for murder.
The townspeople held an impromptu trial but failed to agree, so another trial was scheduled. However a band of armed men, thought that one trial was enough, and forced the sherrif to turn over the prisoner. They hung him from the rafters of an old slaughter house.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer