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Alfred Packer goes on trial for Cannibalism
freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2005-04-13 08:56 am   Permalink

Alfred Packer (sometimes signed as Alferd Packer) (November 21, 1842 April 23, 1907) is known as one of the only two Americans ever convicted of cannibalism (the other being Albert Fish), though in reality his conviction was for murder, not cannibalism. Not even the members of the well-known Donner Party were convicted of cannibalism in California, as cannibalism is not a crime in the United States.

In November, 1873, Packer with a party of 21 left Provo, Utah, bound for the Colorado gold country in Breckenridge. Leaving that late in the season was dangerous, as winter can come fierce and fast to the high country. On January 21 of 1874, he met with Chief Ouray (known as the White Man's Friend) near Montrose, Colorado. Chief Ouray recommended he wait until spring. On February 9, a party of six left for Gunnison, Colorado. The party got hopelessly lost, ran out of provisions, and became snowbound in the Rocky Mountains. Packer allegedly went scouting and came back to discover one of his party roasting human meat. According to Packer, the man rushed him with a hatchet; Packer shot and killed him.

On March 6, 1874, Packer arrived alone at Los Pinos Indian Agency near Gunnison. He spent some time in a Saguache, Colorado Bar, meeting several of his previous party. He initially claimed self-defense, but his story did not wash.

Packer signed a confession on May 8, 1874. He was jailed in Saguache, but escaped soon after, vanishing for several years.

On March 11, 1883, Packer was discovered in Cheyenne, Wyoming living under the alias of "John Schwartze." On March 16, he signed another confession. On April 6, 1883, a trial began in Lake City, Colorado, Hindsdale County. On the 13th, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. Packer managed to temporarily avoid punishment again: in October, 1885, the sentence was reversed by the Colorado Supreme Court on a grandfather clause. However, on August 6, 1886, Packer was sentenced to 40 years at a trial in Gunnison.

On June 19, 1899, Packer's sentence was upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court. However, he was paroled on February 8, 1901 and moved to Deer Creek, in Jefferson County, Colorado. He is widely rumored to have become a vegetarian before his death of reputed "Senility - trouble & worry" at the age of 64. He was buried in Littleton, Colorado and was formally pardoned of his crimes on March 5, 1981.

Evidence dug up since suggests that Packer was a cannibal, but not a murderer. On July 17, 1989 an exhumation of the bodies of the victims of Alfred Packer was undertaken by Professor James E. Starrs of The George Washington University, following an exhaustive search for the precise location of their remains.

In 1968, the University of Colorado at Boulder named their new cafeteria grill the Alferd E. Packer Memorial Grill (they currently sell an "El Canibal" meal to students) (http://umc.colorado.edu/food/grill_pages.html) In 1982 a statue to Packer was placed on the Boulder campus. In 1977 the United States Department of Agriculture named its Washington cafeteria The Alferd Packer Memorial Dining Facility. It was opened by Agricultural Secretary Robert Bergland, who stated that "Alferd Packer exemplifies the spirit and fare that this agriculture department cafeteria will provide." It was later renamed.

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Posted: 2005-04-13 09:07 am   Permalink



Here's a great picture I found of Marilyn Monroe dressed as Don Adams - photographed by Richard Avedon.
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Posted: 2005-04-13 10:36 am   Permalink

Here's a picture I found of Samuel Beckett:

 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2005-04-13 11:22 am   Permalink

Ah yes. Alfred Packer. Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of South Park) did an excellent film on this person called "Cannibal the Musical".

"In the tradition of Friday the 13th Part II and Oklahoma!, comes the first intelligent film about cannibalism."


This movie happens to be quite hilarious and is well worth seeking out.

As of late there have now been live stage productions of the musical popping up here and there.

More info here:
http://www.cannibalthemusical.net



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Posted: 2005-04-13 11:27 am   Permalink

If cannibalism is not illegal, then is there a way you could dine on another human without getting in trouble?
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Posted: 2005-04-13 11:32 am   Permalink

Oh My Gosh! I have no clue on how to type my response to MachTiki's post. That was funny as hell! snicker...

 
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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2005-04-13 12:39 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-04-13 11:27, finkdaddy wrote:
If cannibalism is not illegal, then is there a way you could dine on another human without getting in trouble?


It would be diffucult to get around the various laws governing the disposal of human remains.
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Posted: 2005-04-13 1:16 pm   Permalink



Here is a great picture I found of MachTiki dressed as Marilyn Monroe - Photo Credit Don Adams
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MachTiki
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MachTiki
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Posted: 2005-04-13 2:05 pm   Permalink


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Jawa
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Posted: 2005-04-13 3:38 pm   Permalink



Good one MachTiki!


 
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MachTiki
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Posted: 2005-04-13 4:11 pm   Permalink

Cheers

 
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Posted: 2005-04-13 6:52 pm   Permalink

The winner by a mile! MachTiki!

 
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Posted: 2005-04-14 07:28 am   Permalink

I came in to work this morning, looked at this post, and I'm still laughing about it!

I think it's all in the look "I'm" giving


 
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The other day, I laughed so hard, I jizzed all over myself.

 
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