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1913: The Patient Bullet

The Legend:

In 1893 in Honey Grove, Texas, USA, a man named Henry Ziegland jilted his lover who then committed suicide. Her brother came for revenge and shot at Ziegland, only grazing his face and hitting a tree instead. The brother didn't know this and, believing he had killed Ziegland, also committed suicide.

        In 1913, Ziegland was trying to cut down a tree that proved too tough to easily chop; so, perhaps a bit impatiently, he resorted to dynamite. The explosion did take out the tree; but it was the same tree the bullet had lodged in... and the explosion also sent the bullet through Ziegland's head, finally killing him twenty years after it was fired.

Unreliable

        I have only one source for this story at the moment -- Ripley's Strange Coincidences -- so it's marked as both 'needs investigation' and 'unreliable'. I have yet to find any reference to Henry Ziegland that isn't a reference to this legend.