Convict's Suicide Plan: 'Be Bear Food'

Fugitive Tracy Province aimed to overdose on heroin, get eaten
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2011 9:59 AM CST
A wanted poster, lower right, picturing fugitives Tracy Province and John McCluskey is tacked up to the registration board at Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, Aug. 9, 2010.   (AP photo/Matt Volz)
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(Newser) – An escaped convict wanted to end his life in a less-than-usual way: by overdosing on heroin in Yellowstone National Park and then letting bears eat him. But before he injected the drug, a voice told him not to do it. Instead, he tried to hitchhike to Indiana to visit family, the AP reports. Could his plan have worked? Bears “eat about anything,” said a Yellowstone rep, but called the plan improbable. "A bear would rather get an easy meal than a difficult meal, but human bear encounters are very infrequent."

Tracy Province was serving two life sentences for murder when he escaped, along with two others, from a minimum-security prison in Arizona. Once on the outside, thought, Province “didn't know why anyone would want to escape because all you do is look over you(r) shoulder the entire time,” said a detective’s report. Province believed his change of heart about the suicide was “divine intervention,” said the detective. Click for more about Province's time on the lam.
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