John Collins is the husband of Connie Collins. In 1996, after a fight with his wife, he encountered Robert Short and Joseph Smart in an open field. The two strangers, upon learning the name of Collins’ spouse, urged Collins to kill Connie with a gun they provided.
This story is chronicled in “Two Weirdoes, a Shovel, and Lots of Open Land,” which can be read in the collection Those Little Bastards. The events of this story take place in 1996.