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Alfred Packer, the Maneater of Colorado

Alfred ‘Alferd’ Packer guided a party of five ill-fated prospectors in Colorado in the 1800s. All but Packer died before reaching their destination. Arrested for their murders, he told many versions of what happened, including having had to cannibalize their corpses to survive.

Today in Crime History: The Maneater of Colorado is born

Alfred Packer was born on November 21, 1842 (though some say it was in January) and was still a young man when the Civil War broke out. Epilepsy got him out of the military, so Packer became a prospector. During an expedition, Packer’s party got lost and he was later accused of eating his companions.

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