|Death: ||Aug., 1883|
San Juan County
August 23, 1883
Redmen the Fifth Victim of the Grand County Feud
The Grand county tragedy has a terrible sequel. It will be remembered that Sheriff Royer, a few weeks ago, committed suicide at Georgetown. He killed himself because he believed he had lost the confidence and sympathy of his friends. At the time of his death there was an eager inquiry for William Redman, who was supposed to be one of the murderers of Dean, and the one who was wounded in that fray. It was then believed that he was hiding near Grand Lake. Since that time nothing has been seen or heard of him, and the matter has been temporarily lost sight of. But the members of the Rocky Mountain Detective Association have been on the trail and has gone as far as Utah in their efforts to detect the criminals who were engaged in the terrible tragedy of July 4th. The following letter shows the fate of Redman although whether he suicided or was followed by the friends of those he murdered and was by them killed, will likely always remain a mystery. For prudential reasons the detective's name is omitted:
Dog Creek, August 8, 1883,
General D.C. Cook, Denver.
Dear Sir - The body of William Redman, of Grand Lake, Grand County, Colorado, is, or was, lying on the Thornburgh Road about twelve to fifteen miles southwest of Andy Strong's ranch, about six miles from the crossing of Cottonwood Creek, at the west end of Blue Mountain, about four miles west of the Colorado line in Utah and on the reservation now occupied by the Uncompahgrc Indians. I was very well acquainted with him. I presume he would not suffer himself to be arrested, and so ended his own life. He was shot through the head with a Colt's revolver, forty five calibre. The authorities at Ashley are notified ere this, I presume.
October 13, 1883
Bill Redmon Murdered
"There is not a particle of doubt the Bill Redmon is dead." said a well known Denver prospector, who returned yesterday from Utah, to a Denver Republican reporter. He was murdered in cold blood and the report then circulated that he had committed suicide. I have the best of personal reasons for saying that he was murdered. I was at Carbonate when the Grand county tragedy took place. Shortly afterward I started overland from Carbonate for Utah Territory. On my journey I met three parties who asked me if I had seen Bill Redmon. They seemed very anxious to know Bill's whereabouts. I knew Redmon by sight, but haven't seen him for several months. I had heard that Bill had been pursued out of Grand county, and I had an idea what these men wanted to see Bill for. Barney Day, one of the murdered County Commissioners, was an old time hunter and trapper, and one of the best liked men of that class, which numbers probably over 200 members in the Middle Park. These hunters and trappers and frontiersmen invariably band together in the cause of right, and when Day was so cruelly shot down many were the threats and imprecations against his slayer. There is no doubt in my mind that one of the parties I met inquiring for Bill on that lonesome trail in the mountains knows more about Bill's death than they would like to tell. I was in the neighborhood of the spot at the time Bill's body was found. I din not go to see it, but stopped at the ranch of Andy strong, who, in company with William Goddard, found the body. Neither Strong nor Goddard believe in the suicide theory. The body was found lying upon it's back, the arms stretched down along side the body, a bullet hole in the center of the forehead. Lying between his legs was a revolver, the only weapon found in the vicinity. In the sand near by was scratched the name "William Redmon." On a saddle near by was a piece of paper, tacked there by a pen knife, on which was also the name of William Redmon, written with a pencil. It is the opinion of everybody in that vicinity now that Redmon was murdered in revenge for the murder of Commissioner Day, and that the deed was committed by one of Day's hunter and trapper friends. It is foolish to suppose that Redmon would have been traveling with only a revolver for a weapon, and hd he shot himself with it, his face would have been powder burned. Strong says that when he found the body footprints were seen in the neighborhood. An attempt to cover them up had been made by throwing loose dirt into them, but they were easily discovered. The conclusion is arrived at that Redmon was overtaken on his journey by one of the avengers who had followed him hundreds of miles, and that the slayer tried to produce the impression that Redmon had committed suicide."
The Republican's informant says that the description given of the body tallies exactly with Redmon, and there is no doubting that his decaying carcass is now lying buried within a very few feet of where the discovery was made.
Created by: Old History Buff
Record added: Jun 05, 2011
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