Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Fugitive and convicted Arizona killer, Tracy Province, had a novel means to accomplish his own demise. Escaping from a Kingman jail with a trio of other desperadoes, Province hatched a plan to drive to Yellowstone Park, shoot up a gram of heroin, and lie down in the national park in an effort to become food for the famous Yellowstone grizzlies.
The plan likely would have worked too, according to National Park Service spokesman, Al Nash. “We have a fair number of bears in the ecosystem,” Nash said. “They eat about anything. A bear would rather get an easy meal than a difficult meal, but human bear encounters are very infrequent.”
Alas, there is no honor among thieves and Province had a change of heart deciding to eschew his nature walk in favor of visiting relatives in Indiana instead. (Note: it is not known if contact with the Hoosier state or the encounter with family was the newly minted method of self-destruction. I’m betting the former.)
According to Arizona Sheriff ‘s detective Larry Matthews, Province’s change of heart was due to Providence. Matthews explained that Province “had wanted to go up on a mountain, shoot up a gram of heroin and ‘be bear food.’ As he was preparing the drug, a voice told him not to go through with the plan, and he changed course in favor of trying to hitchhike to Indiana to see family.”
“He called it divine intervention,” Matthews wrote in an August report following Province’s capture. I call it another day at the soup kitchens for the bears. Hey, hey, Boo-Boo.
Source: Associated Press
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger