Friday, April 21, 2006

if ya can't beat ' 'em?

nothing better than an obscure holiday. especially one that Hallmark can capitalize on so easily.

April 21st, Alfred G. Packer Day - recognizes one of the few men to be convicted of cannibalism in the U.S. He ate his other prospector companions after they got lost in the Colorado Rockies. Packer claimed they died of natural causes before he ate them, but modern forensics has proved that at least some of them had been murdered.

In the Colorado Rockies
Where the snow is deep and cold
And a man afoot can starve to death
Unless he's brave and bold.

Oh, Alfred Packer
You'll surely go to hell
While all the others starved to death
You dined a bit too well.

---from The Ballad of Alfred Packer

gotta love the stuff i dig up in the Crime Library.


Rebecca said...

HAhaha, for some strange reason, after I read the little song, I ended up with "Simeon Benjamin" stuck in my head. Though, I don't remember a verse about good ol' Simeon eating any of his fellow benefactors.

allison said...

hahaha. a verse about cannibalism really would have helped that song out a lot though. maybe they can change it around for a new mountain song. something about getting so hungry while listening to the speakers drone on before the meal at the academic banquet that you ate the dessert and your roommate.