Horror and Thriller Fiction posted November 1, 2013

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Skinned For His Sins At Raw Hide Creek

A Death like No Other

by country ranch writer

Year is 1850 the wagon stopped for the night about midway between Columbia and Grand Isle. They camped on the small stream which has now been named Rawhide. They were all on there way to seek their fortune during the Gold rush in California. On this wagon train was a fella known to many as John Mankins, he was a burly kind of guy with a bad attitude. He would look like a lumberjack of sorts in our day.
He would brag to all that would listen that he was going to kill himself an Indian. He didn't care whether it be man, woman, or child. "He said only good Indian is a dead Indian." They had tried to talk him out of it but he paid them no mind and just kept bragging what he was going to do. The next day he went about what he was aiming to do.

While riding through the reservation the next day he discovered not a man in sight to protect the squaws. He thought to himself "I will just slip back and no one will notice." He did it alright. Right there and then and ended up shooting the squaw. He bragged and bragged like it was a great thing he did. He had willfully murdered the squaw who had done nothing to him. The people on the wagon train knew they were going to be killed.

When the Indians came back to camp from hunting they were distraught over the death of the young girl.

On the fourth day the Indians rode right into camp with out warning surrounding the camp. They told the wagon master you "turn him over or all of you will be killed." They were dressed in their full war bonnets and war paint they weren't going to take no for an answer.
They all knew the man was cold and heartless and turned him over to the Indians, glad to get him off their hands.

Although the men were prepared for the Indian attack, they were no match for the hundred or so Indians in their camp. The people on the wagon train held out no hope of surviving this. The band of Indians surrounded them and told them they were going to witness the worst torture known to man kind.

The Indians didn't dally around getting to the job that needed to be done. They wanted to get it over and done with . They took a long length of rawhide and stripped the man naked and tied him to the wagon wheel from head to toe. The raw hide was made from a buffalo skin for such an occasion.

There knives were always kept sharp and they commenced to cutting from his neck down dripping blood everywhere. Skinning him alive, him screaming and cussing to let him loose. He screamed and it was "unlike any sound you've ever heard."
They took and skinned whole pieces of him and before you knew it they had all of his skin off. He was still screaming and writhing on the ground in pain. They finally untied him and he fell over onto the ground. He was very quiet now and the Indians watched him until they were sure he was dead. then they got on their ponies and rode away. Never to be seen the rest of the trip.

When they were quite sure they Indians were gone for good they buried him and marked his grave and they left shortly after. They continued on their way to the Gold fields.

They will never ever get that sound out of their heads, after witnessing that horrific scene.

Unlike Any Sound contest entry

The movie Rawhide most likely came from one of the incidents on the wagon train. There have been so many versions and movies made from this. It took place around the time of the big Gold rush in California. An emigrant party stopped at the creek, they now call rawhide to camp. This was in the era of the 1850's.

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