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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Jan. 7 – On this day in 1902 one of Montana’s most
dramatic jail escapes and subsequent manhunts came to an end. Alonzo Kilby and
Roy Huffman escaped from the Billings jail by fashioning dummies and placing
them in their bunk, while they dug their way to freedom. After an extensive
search by posses and homesteaders for several days on the prairies of the
Musselshell, the escapees were finally trapped. Kilby was shot and killed,
while Huffman was returned to jail.