THERE may be a place in America where you could, quite literally, get away with murder. An odd loophole going back almost 150 years created a so-called Zone of Death over 50-square-miles of the iconic Yellowstone National Park (YNP). YNP, a UNESCO World Heritage site measuring more than 3,000-square-miles, was founded back in 1872. It mostly lies withing the state of Wyoming but also creeps into the realms of Montana and Idaho – all of which joined the union in around 1890. Professor Brian Kalt looked into the legal phenomenon in his 2005 paper, The Perfect Crime. He found a “forgotten constitutional provision, combined with an obscure statute, make it possible for people in the know to commit crimes with impunity”. This is because the legal responsibility to police the park completely falls on the state of Wyoming. As Forbes reporter Robin Andrews put it: “This means, unlike anywhere else in the US, the District of Wyoming includes land in other states.” So what happens if you’re caught committing a crime in the 50 square mile region of the park which is in Idaho? According to Kalt, the police would take the criminal to Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, because… Read full this story
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