In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, when the snow finally melted, only one of them emerged. His name was Alfred G. Packer, though he would soon become infamous throughout the country under a different name: the Man-Eater.After the butchered remains of his five traveling companions were discovered in a secluded valley by the Gunnison River, Packer vanished for nine years, becoming the Wests most wanted man. What followed was a saga of evasion and retribution as the trial of the century worked to extricate fact from myth and Polly Pry, a once-famed pioneering journalist, took on the cause of Packer. Man-Eater is the definitive story of a legendary crimea gripping tale of unspeakable suffering, the desperate struggle for survival, and the fight to uncover the truth....
|Title||:||Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal|
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|Number of Pages||:||373 pages|
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Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal Reviews
I knew Schechter slightly when I taught at Queens College for a few years. I always liked that he stepped out of the stereotype of the professor to write these true crime books. But while the titles of Schechter's books always make them sound like seedy dime-store novels, they are more cultural histories in a way. What was the obsession with cannibalism? I don't think he answers this but he does show it. The man-eater was no longer a man but a cultural icon of innocence or guilt.
A fascinating, engrossing, well-researched true crime story in which Schechter ably sifts the facts from the sensationalism and legend it became.
This is the stuff that movies are made of.
It was a very interesting book.
Opened my eyes a bit and made me think twice about some things.
I wouldn't read this if you had a weak stomach.
This review originally appeared on the Historical Novel Society website.
Alfred (or possibly Alferd) Packer was a former Union soldier turned drifter who sought his fortune in Colorado by prospecting for silver. He joined up with a group of men in 1873 and was one of six prospectors who decided to brave the winter snows and strike out into the wilderness. The following spring only Packer emerged, having subsisted on the bodies of his companions.
The question of whether Packer had murdered the othe ...more
Slow reading. I was not too engaged and had to force myself to plow through. The subject matter is fascinating, but the writing left much to be desired. Sorry, Harold Schechter. 🤨
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Interesting true-life tale of Alfred Packer, a man known as the American Cannibal. The book was obviously well-researched, providing an incredible amount of detail not only about the case, but about various other cases of cannibalism in the 1800s.
The one downfall of this book is that it got really tedious about halfway through the book.
I've read most of Schechter's books and like most of them but with this one there simply wasn't enough to Packer's story to stretch into a full length book.
The case of Alfred Packer is one of the most imfamous episodes of cannibalism in the Old West. In 1873 in Colorado, Packer and 5 other men got lost and delayed while traveling in rugged winter terrain. Spring came, and only a well-nourished Packer emerged. He admitted to becoming starved and eating the bodies of his 5 associated, after he said, he returned from a reconnoitering hike to find that one of them had become mad, killing the other 3 and coming at him with a hatchet before he shot and k ...more