The Yellowstone Zone of Death

If you want to kill somebody and you want to get away with it, you need to do it in Yellowstone National Park. But only in a specific part of Yellowstone National Park. Here’s how that works: almost all of the park is located in Wyoming, but 50 square miles of it are located in Idaho. This is the most isolated part of the park, the most wild. There are no roads into or out of it. This is the spot where you’d want to commit your murder. You see, the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution states a person accused of a crime must be tried by a jury comprised of peers meeting specific criteria. From the linked article: “The loophole has to do with the Sixth Amendment, which dictates that a jury must be comprised of people from the state and federal district where the crime was committed. Because this portion of Yellowstone is in Idaho and the park itself lies within the jurisdiction of Wyoming, it means a jury for a crime committed there would have to come from people who both live in Idaho and fall under Wyoming’s federal jurisdiction.” Got it?

We here at do not advocate that you commit a murder. This is a purely hypothetical scenario, an exercise of the intellectual variety. Just in case that needed to be said.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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