In 1874, Packer and 5 other men attempted to cross the Rockies…in the dead of winter. After hardship fell on the travelers, Packer claims that the men killed each other over food. Once he returned to civilization, Packer admitted to eating his fellow companions to survive.
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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 West’s most wanted man.