Henry Ziegland thought he had dodged fate.
In 1883, he broke off a relationship with his girlfriend, Maysie Tichnor, who, out of distress, committed suicide.
The girl’s brother was so enraged that he hunted down Ziegland and shot him.
The brother, believing he had killed Ziegland, then turned his gun on himself and took his own life. But Ziegland had not been killed. The bullet, in fact, had only grazed his face and then lodged in a tree.
Ziegland surely thought himself a lucky man. Some years later, however, he decided to cut down the large tree, which still had the bullet in it. The task seemed so formidable that he decided to blow it up with a few sticks of dynamite. The explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland’s head, killing him instantly.
The story Behind the Story
This story is fairly popular – there are lots of posts about it on the Internet and you can even see pictures of the tree and the bullet. Honey Grove (the town in Texas, where it all happened), still exists today.
The story appeared over 100 times in the newspapers, where it was presented as legitimate news, but there is quite a bit of evidence to suggest the story of Henry Ziegland was a hoax.
There is no record of anyone with the names Ziegland or Tichnor or anything similar that ever lived in Honey Grove. No vital records could be found for people who match these dates and descriptions in Texas or any other state.