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  they are all dead, dead, dead...
by caffeine_induced78

Not that you will likely go here. Knowing about Alfred and his story will likely make you sound a little closer to a native from Colorado.

On Febuary 9th, 1874 Alfred Packard as guide led five other men into the mountains of Colorado in search of gold near Breckinridge, Colorado. Not long after departing - the group was engulfed by a massive blizzard.
Packard next straggled into civilization on April 16th of the same year - alone. By many local accounts he subsequently became a big spender in the local saloon. Stories began to swirl and soon Packard made a confession - that he had killed one of the men in self-defense after the man had attacked the other members of the party. Packard admitted to eating the resulting human flesh out of desperation.

Earning him the nickname - "the Colorado Cannibal." Just to let you know if you are ever in a desperate situation - eating human flesh is not illegal in the States, you just better convince the judge you were damn hungry.

The judge didn't buy Packard's story. Judge Melville B. Gerry pronounced that Packer "be hanged by the neck until you are dead, dead, dead..." .

The verdict was eventually overturned by the Colorado Supreme Court and later in life he was let out. By most accounts he lived as a model citizen in Littleton (a suburb of Denver). In 1907 natural causes got the better of him and he became "dead, dead, dead..."

Here he is in Littleton Cemetary. I decided to visit him one cold January day.

Website: http://www.museumtrail.org/AlferdPacker.asp

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  • Written Jan 11, 2004
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