I am sure all of you have heard the story about the Donner Party:
But, have you ever heard about the Packer Party? No, it wasn't a birthday party or graduation party or. . . it was another party that, like the Donner Party, that went terribly wrong. Here is a picture of Alfred Packer:
It seems that Alfred E. Packer, acting as their guide, took five men on a hunting trip to Colorado. They got caught in a fierce blizzard during the winter of 1873. He killed, no, I will say he murdered all five of them and survived by eating those men.
Yes, he went to trial over this, accused of murder. The thing that I found interesting, if not a little humorous (no, not the murders, but what the judge said), is what the judge said. I am going to quote exactly what the judge said:
"Stand up, you man-eating son-of-a-bi...., and receive your sentence! There were seven Democrats in Hinsdale County, but you, you voracious, man-eating son-of-a-bi..., you ate five of them. I sentence you to be hanged by the neck until you're dead, dead, dead, as a warning against reducing the Democratic population of the state."
OK, now you know another story similar to the Donner Party story. Unlike the Donner Party, where they only ate those who had already died of starvation or freezing, Packer killed the members of his party, and not one by one, but all at one time. Now, you all enjoy your meals and have a great day, you hear?