HAROLD SCHECHTER Man-Eater

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Man-Eater

 
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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. What followed was a saga of evasion and retribution as the trial of the century worked to extricate fact from myth and Polly Pry, a once-famed pioneering journalist, took on the cause of Packer. Man-Eater is the definitive story of a legendary crime—a gripping tale of unspeakable suffering, the desperate struggle for survival, and the fight to uncover the truth.

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Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture. Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of the nonfiction books Fatal, Fiend, Bestial, Deviant, Deranged, Depraved, and The Serial Killer Files. He lives in New York State.

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"A fascinating tale, and there's stacks of authentic Yank history here to feast on too." —Weekend Sport

“On the subject of dark crime in its many manifestations, Schechter is a writer worth getting to know.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“In a biography that is peppered with stories of the various characters and other acts of cannibalism, author Harold Schechter tells the tale of Packer, an epileptic, with excerpts from court records.” —The Denver Post

“Schechter writes in a highly engaging, well-paced style...offering so many intriguing nuggets to structure his tales that even readers who think they already know this story (like me) will come away enriched.” —Psychology Today

“Schechter relies on primary research and recent examinations into the exhumed bodies of Packer’s five victims to answer the question that has lingered for over a century: Was Packer truly a monster or merely a victim of his circumstances?” —New York Post

“Detailed and carefully researched...[a] fascinating tale.” —i09 True Crime

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