–The Strange Man
Heidi McCort was a young woman who was murdered by Dutch van der Linde via a gunshot wound to the head during the Blackwater Massacre. She has been described as an innocent civilian who happened to be present on the ferry at Blackwater during the heist that was carried out by the Van der Linde gang. Javier Escuella witnessed her death, and later said that Dutch killed her in a "bad way", but added that it was a "bad situation". The Strange Man's account is notably graphic, appearing to echo Escuella's sentiment that her death was perturbing.
The exact timing and motivations behind McCort's murder are unknown. During the gang's stay at Shady Belle, John Marston discusses the incident and his growing concerns about Dutch over a campfire. He mentions that Micah Bell encouraged Dutch to kill her, and that Dutch later justified it by saying that it was what they had to do to survive.
In Red Dead Redemption 2, Heidi McCort is mentioned several times during discussions about the botched ferry heist.
- Some players mistake Heidi for Muriel Scranton, since they were both killed by Dutch with a shot to the head. This isn't so as Heidi was killed on a ferry prior to the story in 1899, while Muriel was killed in the Bank of Blackwater in 1911.
- Although plausible given various characters' narratives of the event, it is technically ambiguous as to whether McCort's death was what caused the robbery to spiral into disaster. However, the Strange Man claims that John had "forgotten far more important people than [him]", perhaps implying the significance of McCort's death in causing the heist to fail and the eventual impact this would have on the gang, so John by extension. If so, her death would be a key factor behind the entire storyline of Red Dead Redemption 2, and thereby the entire Redemption series.