Gabby Petito, Yellowstone, and the “Zone of Death” theory.
Many have taken to social media to point people in the direction of the “Zone of Death” A small 50 mile geographical landmass in Idaho. All though they may not be wrong in finding a body there if she is even dead. I here at America Mail Service wish the family and Gabby Petito blessings and a safe journey home. Now let’s get into what this article is really about. “The Zone of Death” a fifty mile Ted Bundy Dean Corll serial killer playland with an admission fee.
The land in question resides in the Idaho counties of Fremont and Teton. All though the park falls under Federal Jurisdiction and the state ceded jurisdiction, the land its self still has a county and federal court system. For someone to believe a federal prosecutor will not prosecute a Murder based on the Zone of Death theory is looking at a Eastern Division (Pocatello) sourced jury and 25 to life with no possibility of Parole.
Amendment 6 - Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses. Ratified 12/15/1791. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
If the crime takes place on Federal Lands in the county of Teton or Fremont the federal court system will simply source jurors from the county where the offense took place. The State being “Idaho” and District being “Fremont or Teton counties”. You can argue the language between cities (districts) and counties. But according to the Census "The District of Columbia has no primary divisions and the jurisdiction is treated as the equivalent of a county". Meaning a county can be defined as a district.
A 2005 academic paper titled “The Perfect Crime” by Michigan State University law professor Brian Kalt argues “there is a 50-square-mile swath of Idaho in which one might be able to commit felonies with impunity.” The entire Yellowstone National Park falls under the federal judicial district of Wyoming, including an uninhabited small strip of land behind the Idaho state border now known as the “zone of death.” This is actually not completely accurate because it's parent is The National Park Service keyword being National. The district of Wyoming federal court would simply move the trial into a federal court that covers Fremont or Teton Eastern Division (Pocatello): https://www.id.uscourts.gov/district/general/Court_Information.cfm.
Mr. Kalt bringing up a great point with Constitutional rights but will have to remember the words from the movie The Town, Adam Frawley: "You know Claire, we're a national organization" The Perfect Crime: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/228469043.pdf
Fremont County is located in the toe of the "boot" that makes up the state of Idaho. It borders Montana to the north and Wyoming to the east. Fremont County is known as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
Above: The land marked in red is clearly in Fremont and Teton counties within the state of Idaho.
Disclaimer: We can see clearly the "Zone of Death" resides in Fremont county but I am not clear on how much land resides in Teton county if any. End result a jury can be sourced from 13,000 people (pop Fremont) and any crime committed will be prosecuted.