John Orr came home from work as usual on July 2, 1906. Unfortunately, things at home were not as usual. His wife was missing, and so were some of her belongings. He inquired with the neighbor and discovered she left in a carriage with another man.
Orr grabbed his revolver and set out for Union Station in Bristol, Virginia. He found George Hamilton Jones at the station, along with his wife. Both Jones and Mrs. Orr held tickets for Rural Retreat, Virginia. She was somewhere in the train car while Jones stood outside on the platform.
Orr shot Jones three times, twice in the back and once in the head. Orr ran into Tennessee after the shooting, the state line was a few feet away. Crossing the state line didn’t do any good, as the authorities apprehended him, anyway. Orr’s wife disappeared.
Jones was a long-time friend of the family. He stated he had nothing against Orr, and Orr had attacked him previously over his wife. Surprisingly enough, he lived an hour after being shot.
Orr claimed the “unwritten law” in court. The unwritten law once allowed an individual to take justice into their own hands, to restore their personal honor, or that of a family member. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison, however escaped jail in 1907.