Double Crossin’ Duelist

 

Harry Tracy

Outlaws Harry Tracy (photo) and Dave Merrill were more than partners—they were brothers-in-law, with Tracy marrying Merrill’s sister. They also were jail-mates at the Oregon State Penitentiary, starting in 1899.

They broke out in a bloody escape in June 1902. But the partnership ended when Tracy discovered Merrill had ratted him out three years earlier. The pair decided to settle things with a duel on June 28. They were to walk five paces, then turn and fire. Tracy opened up at “3,” killing Merrill. Tracy killed himself several days later when cornered by a posse.

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