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James Jameson was a young heir to the Jameson Irish Whiskey fortune in the late 19th century, well before the United States prohibition movement nearly toppled the family empire. Things were still good for the Jamesons, and James enjoyed your stereotypical privileged upbringing — drinking fancy teas, travelling..

The Horrible Jameson Affair

While on an expedition into Africa during the late 19th century, James Jameson, heir to the Jameson Irish whiskey empire, reportedly asked to witness cannibalism in action. To this end, he purchased a slave girl and handed her over to men who murdered her and feasted on her flesh. While the grisly scene unfolded, Jameson is said to have sketched it out, later turning his rough illustrations into a series of watercolours.

James Jameson, heir to the Jameson Irish Whiskey fortune, was a wanna-be adventurer who tagged along on one of the last European exploration trips into the “Dark Heart of Africa,” in the late 1800s. The crew of the expedition, whose intention was to rescue a colonial Governor who?they assumed was in danger, was led by famed explorer Henry M. Stanley.

However, having a famous leader didn’t save the group from endless problems. They faced danger from the local people and animals, diseases, and isolation from the outside world. They also had many reports of abuse on the trip, and it became an infamous expedition for the number of deaths that happened along the way.

One of the most unsettling accounts from that fateful trip is the story of the day James Jameson decided to buy a slave girl and watch her be killed and eaten ??because he was curious about cannibalism. It may sound like an unbelievably gruesome thing for someone to do, but ? amazingly ? Jameson’s journal and multiple accounts of that day from other members of the crew confirm that it is true.

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The diary of Tanya Savicheva, a girl of 11, her notes about starvation and deaths of her sister, then grandmother, then brother, then uncle, then another uncle, then mother. The last three notes say “Savichevs died”, “Everyone died” and “Only Tanya is left.” She died of progressive dystrophy shortly after the siege. Her diary was shown at the Nuremberg trials.

The Siege of Leningrad

When Germans encircled Leningrad they planned to quickly freeze and starve the city. They had no idea the devastation and horror that the people of Leningrad would be willing to endure without ever giving in. The siege is one of the longest in history and one of the deadliest as well.

Leningrad, the old imperial capital, was the most beautiful city in Russia and had for centuries been her cultural heartland. Founded as Czar Peter the Great?s window on the West, it had known many agonies throughout its turbulent history, but in 1941 geography and pragmatic military strategy would see Leningrad engulfed in a tragedy unparalleled in modern history.

With most of Europe already under the heel of Nazi Germany, Hitler turned his attention eastward toward the vast expanse of the Soviet Union and on the morning of June 22, 1941, launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. Spearheaded by three Army groups, German forces stormed across the Russian frontier and completely overwhelmed the Red Army units in their path. With clinical precision, the world?s largest army was being systematically annihilated and, after just 18 days of fighting, the Russians had lost over three million men, 6,000 tanks, and most of their aircraft.

Germany and her allies attempted to strangle the life out of the historic Soviet city of Leningrad – the heart of the Russian Revolution

It would be no exaggeration to say that the family of every native citizen of St. Petersburg was touched by the blockade, which lasted almost 900 days, from September, 1941 to January, 1944. During that time nearly a third of the population at the siege?s beginning, starved to death. Roughly one in three. Many of them in the streets.

Few people outside realised what the siege was like. For years afterwards Stalin kept?people in the dark. Deaths were underestimated. Its party leaders were purged. For decades, details of the blockade have been little known in the West. Stalin suppressed the facts of the siege and twisted its history.

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Stumps of trees cut at the Alder Creek site by members of the Donner Party, photograph taken in 1866. The height of the stumps indicates the depth of snow

Surviving the Donner Party

The nineteenth-century survivors of the infamous Donner Party told cautionary tales of starvation and cannibalism, greed and self-sacrifice.

In 1846 a group of people had a dream of starting a new life in California?so they headed west in wagons. Along the way, they decided to take a shortcut across the Great Salt Lake Desert. That ?shortcut? was a terrible idea! It slowed them way down, so that when they got to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, they got stuck in snow storms. They had to spend the whole winter in the mountains, and many starved or froze to death.

Over?a century and a half after it happened, the story of the Donner Party remains one of the most riveting tragedies in U.S. history. Partly that?s because of its lurid elements: almost half the party died, and many of their bodies were defiled in an orgy of cannibalism. Partly, too, it?s because of the human drama of noble self-sacrifice and base murder juxtaposed. The Donner Party began as just another nameless pioneer trek to California, but it came to symbolize the Great American Dream gone awry.

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Hotel Selling Cooked Human Meat Found In Onitsha *Police Arrests 11 With Fresh Human Heads

Yes, at Whaleoil, we’re not scared of bringing you the hard news. ?But I’ll spare you the picture.

On Thursday Onitsha police arrested 11 people after they discovered 2 fresh human heads in a hotel (name withheld) very close to the popular Ose-Okwodu market in Anambra state.2 AK47 rifles & other weapons were also discovered in the hotel.

The arrest followed tip-offs from area residents on Thursday morning.

The hotel owner, 6 women and 4 men were arrested.

After police got access to the hotel, they made a startling discovery of two human heads wrapped in a cellophane bag, two AK47 rifles, two army caps, 40 rounds of live ammunition and so many cell phones.

I love how the name is withheld, but “very close to the popular Ose-Okwodu market” is close enough, I’m sure. ? But dude… “so many cell phones!”. ?Forget about a couple of aK47s. ?It’s the cell phones that rattle that reporter. ?A victim per cell phone, perhaps? Read more »

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Monster food. Literally

If you were a little queazy at the thought of eating cat or dog, then this article probably isn’t for you. ?(Caution: ?graphic content)

Shocking photographs have emerged of a cannibal by the name of Mad Dog eating the flesh of a lynched Muslim man for the second time in as many weeks.

In one, ‘Mad Dog’ – real name Ouandja Magloire – cuts a portion of meat from the body of a murdered Muslim lying burning on a roundabout in the capital of the Central African Republic, with the body of another a few yards away.

Another photograph shows him licking a bloodied knife as he stands over a body, wearing the same T-shirt he was pictured in during the previous act of cannibalism

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America’s Cannibals

The colony of Jamestown in 1609 fell on hard times. Survivors wrote about cannibalism at the time:

Detail of cut marks found on the girl?s jaw, or lower mandible in a stereo-microscopic photo. (Smithsonian Institution / Don Hurlbert)

Detail of cut marks found on the girl?s jaw, or lower mandible in a stereo-microscopic photo. (Smithsonian Institution / Don Hurlbert)

By the winter of 1609, extreme drought, hostile relations with members of the local?Powhatan Confederacy?and the fact that a supply ship was lost at sea put the colonists in a truly desperate position. Sixteen years later, in 1625, George Percy, who had been president of Jamestown during the Starving Time,?wrote a letter?describing the colonists? diet during that terrible winter. ?Haveinge fedd upon our horses and other beastes as longe as they Lasted, we weare gladd to make shifte with vermin as doggs Catts, Ratts and myce?as to eate Bootes shoes or any other leather,? he wrote. ?And now famin beginneinge to Looke gastely and pale in every face, thatt notheinge was Spared to mainteyne Lyfe and to doe those things which seame incredible, as to digge upp deade corpes outt of graves and to eate them. And some have Licked upp the Bloode which hathe fallen from their weake fellowes.?

Now there is direct evidence that this actually happened:? Read more »

The best headline EVER

This is the best headline ever.


A widow has spoken for the first time about the horrific death of her husband who was eaten by his friends after the party got lost at sea in bitter temperatures for nearly two months.

Olga Kurochkin, 37, said her life had been ruined by the terrible fate of?Andrei whose remains were found in the pitiless eastern reaches of Siberia.

Two members of the four-strong party survived the ordeal and, after carrying the head of?44-year-old Mr?Kurochkin through the wild,?told police they had eaten the man?from?Saratov?after he froze to death.

Forensic analysis of Mr?Kurochkin’s body parts revealed that sections of flesh had been carefully sliced away while joints had been butchered.

Speaking to?The Siberian Times?Mrs?Kurochkin?said: ‘I never expected such horror could come into my life. It has ruined not just my life, but also the lives of all our relatives, and we are a big family.

‘Can you imagine what I have left? One foot with toes, one finger, and the back of his skull with some hair.

‘This is it. This is all I have left from the man I loved. Having just these remains, how can I say goodbye to him? I have got almost nothing to cry over.

‘I can’t think about it, I am losing my mind with this.’

Mrs Kurochki,?who has a daughter Alyona, 21,?is suing survivors?Alexander Abdullaev, 37, and Alexei Gorulenko, 35, for emotional distress. She also wants a criminal prosecution brought against them.