Re: Killdeer & The Murder of "Chance" Watson ...

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Posted by Elaine on February 02, 1999 at 13:54:48:

In Reply to: Re: Killdeer posted by Rich on February 02, 1999 at 12:04:50:

: :: As a follow up to the murder of Wayne Watson, at the beginning of the Mark Baker video,Pioneering the Longhunter series, volume one there is a dedication that reads like this" dedicated to the memory of Chance Wayne Watson,In life he was, in death remains, the son of a trackless forrest. If I still have the issue of Muzzleloader that talked about his murder, i will submit the volume and issue number. This video is dated 1994.::

: Something appears amiss here. Received an E-Mail from Mark Baker this AM. He says,

: "As far as I know, he is alive. But, he may have passed on and I have not
: heard. You should contact the Pennsylvania State Representative for the
: National Muzzleloading Rifle Association. He would probably know. ... Better yet,
: just call the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association--or contact them
: through their e-mail and ask them. They would know."

: I would think, if Wayne Watson was murdered, and the Mark Baker video series mentioned it as far back as 1994, that Mark himself would be aware ...


Mark Baker has sent the following. There apparently was a mix-up in regards to which Mr. Watson had been killed.

"Ah, Haw! Rumors and misunderstandings are wonderful means by which to get
things messed up in this world. Now, it all makes sense. A friend of mine,
named "Chance Watson," was murdered several years ago--by an intruder who
entered his house. Chance (who was blind in his left eye) left his bedroom and
walked to the living room--after his wife insisted that she heard a noise and
someone was in the house. Chance didn't believe her, was reluctant to get out
of bed, but did so at her insistance. However, because he didn't believe her,
he left his pistol on the nightstand and walked down the hallway in the dark.
Yes, an intruder was in the living room, braced against the wall and ready to
spring upon Chance from Chance's leftside (which was his blind side). The
buglar had entered the living room by cutting a hole in the window screen. The
window was up, and it was a hot evening, and Chance's wife had left her purse
on the kitchen table where the buglar could see it dimly in the evening
shadows. Chance took several stabs to the chest and gut and was laying in his
own blood when his wife and daughter ran down the hallway, screaming and
reacting to the struggle. In his death struggle, Chance reached for the
intruder and pulled him back down, forcing the knife weilding buglar to
repeatedly stab Chance until he was dead. Thus, Chance gave his wife and
daughter the "chance" to escape from their house. The buglar was later
arrested on another charge, and confessed to the murder. I never heard how his
trial went.

Chance is a hero in my eyes...

Oh, one more thing. While finishing up the video volume that is dedicated to
Chance, I told Jim Wright (producer of American Pioneer Video) about the tragic
tale. He was moved, and asked me if he could dedicate the volume to Chance's
heroic and selfless act. I, of course, agreed that we should do so." - Mark Baker

Clear it up any?


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