This was in national news in the US, a real cowboy story. The parts of the body of the bad guy, smuggler and a killer, with a real last name "loveless" was found in Idaho cave and identified. At least it shows that the life in the past was not better than now:
He escaped from jail after allegedly killing his wife a century ago. Now his headless torso has been identified through DNA.
The story in the June 1916 Idaho newspaper was alarming: A man suspected of brutally murdering his wife “escaped on May 18 from custody and has not been caught.”
He was never seen again.
Now authorities say that dismembered remains found in a remote cave 40 years ago have been identified as those of the suspected murderer — apparently a victim of frontier justice.
He went by a variety of names — Charles Smith, Walter Cairns — but his real name was Joseph Henry Loveless.
Loveless was born in 1870 to some of the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to settle in Utah. But he apparently preferred the “wild” part of the West, becoming a notorious counterfeiter and bootlegger in the dry counties of Idaho, according to the Associated Press. He was average in height and build, and his only “peculiarity of the face is the absence of eyebrows,” local newspapers said at the time.
This was so very interesting, a real life story from the wild west, a very bad fellow become his own victim at the hands of unknowns who then meted out true justice. It is interesting of the powers of fate that evens out the score as presented in this case and only discovered after 40 years..