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    More reason to solo hike.
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    Click-bait alert! I bet this gets picked up by Gawker or Twitter. I guess I too will continue hiking alone.

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    Ha Ha!!! Hilarious!

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    Anyone got a good recipe for cheek meat?

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    Take small bites!

    Cannibalism amoung the Donner Party has been highly exaggerated, but it is something that did occur. However, assumptions have become a part of general knowledge.

    The Donner Party possibly did not resort to cannibalism at least until February or early March, except the Forlorn Hope, but appearantly everyone was thinking of the subject at least before the Forlorn Hope had left Truckee Lake. This is based on the first mention of cannibalism ever written, in Patrick Breen's Diary from February 26th, 1846: "...Mrs.Murphy said here yesterday that [she] thought she would commence on Milt and eat him. I don't think she has done so yet, [but] it is distresing. The Donno[r]s told the California folks that they [would] commence to eat the dead people 4 days ago, if they did not succeed in finding their cattle then under ten or twelve feet of snow & did not know the spot or near it, I suppose they have [cannibalized] ...ere this time."

    However one account involves cannibalism just after the Forlorn Hope left the lake, stating the Donners partook of the reamains of Sam. Shoemaker. However, some consider the accounts of Alder Creek shady, as many of the informants were very young children at the time, and few adults who stayed at Alder Creek survived.

    We know the the Forlorn Hope, the Breens, Graves and Donners at Starved Camp, and those who were at the lake after the first relief, esp. the Murphys and Lewis Keseberg survived by cannibalism. It is possible those at the lake and perhaps Alder Creek who left with the First Relief never ate the dead. When William Eddy discovered that the bodies of his family had been mutilated by Keseberg, he threatened to kill Keseberg if they ever met again. The bodies were mutilated but identifiable, not bad considering people had survived on them for long over a month. Furthermore, most were careful to avoid eating the bodies of their family. Not nearly as morbid as many people believed the story of the Donner party to be.

    To know who cannibalized is hard, as few were brave enough to admit the grotesque act, and our knowledge of cannibalism mostly comes of the accounts of others who "didn't" cannibalize and the discovery of terribly mutilated corpses by the rescuers. Some supposedly found it too hard to eat of the others, though this could be an exaggeration.

    The only characters that have been known to have avoided cannibalism are those who died in or before December, as well as James Reed and William McCutchen. The two Indians, Luis and Salvadore, are also said to have avoided eating the bodies of the dead with the Forlorn Hope. A fair estimate said that at least half the Donner Party survived by cannibalism, however most of the survivors were in this half. (Only about half of the Donner Party survived.)

    Mortality:
    There were 91 in the Donner Party, including those who died before the winter, e.g. Sarah Keyes; and those who joined the party later, e.g., Luis & Salvadore. Of the 91, 44 died, and 47 survived. Ages taken from July 31, 1846.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelph View Post
    Take small bites!

    Cannibalism amoung the Donner Party has been highly exaggerated, but it is something that did occur. However, assumptions have become a part of general knowledge.

    The Donner Party possibly did not resort to cannibalism at least until February or early March, except the Forlorn Hope, but appearantly everyone was thinking of the subject at least before the Forlorn Hope had left Truckee Lake. This is based on the first mention of cannibalism ever written, in Patrick Breen's Diary from February 26th, 1846: "...Mrs.Murphy said here yesterday that [she] thought she would commence on Milt and eat him. I don't think she has done so yet, [but] it is distresing. The Donno[r]s told the California folks that they [would] commence to eat the dead people 4 days ago, if they did not succeed in finding their cattle then under ten or twelve feet of snow & did not know the spot or near it, I suppose they have [cannibalized] ...ere this time."

    However one account involves cannibalism just after the Forlorn Hope left the lake, stating the Donners partook of the reamains of Sam. Shoemaker. However, some consider the accounts of Alder Creek shady, as many of the informants were very young children at the time, and few adults who stayed at Alder Creek survived.

    We know the the Forlorn Hope, the Breens, Graves and Donners at Starved Camp, and those who were at the lake after the first relief, esp. the Murphys and Lewis Keseberg survived by cannibalism. It is possible those at the lake and perhaps Alder Creek who left with the First Relief never ate the dead. When William Eddy discovered that the bodies of his family had been mutilated by Keseberg, he threatened to kill Keseberg if they ever met again. The bodies were mutilated but identifiable, not bad considering people had survived on them for long over a month. Furthermore, most were careful to avoid eating the bodies of their family. Not nearly as morbid as many people believed the story of the Donner party to be.

    To know who cannibalized is hard, as few were brave enough to admit the grotesque act, and our knowledge of cannibalism mostly comes of the accounts of others who "didn't" cannibalize and the discovery of terribly mutilated corpses by the rescuers. Some supposedly found it too hard to eat of the others, though this could be an exaggeration.

    The only characters that have been known to have avoided cannibalism are those who died in or before December, as well as James Reed and William McCutchen. The two Indians, Luis and Salvadore, are also said to have avoided eating the bodies of the dead with the Forlorn Hope. A fair estimate said that at least half the Donner Party survived by cannibalism, however most of the survivors were in this half. (Only about half of the Donner Party survived.)

    Mortality:
    There were 91 in the Donner Party, including those who died before the winter, e.g. Sarah Keyes; and those who joined the party later, e.g., Luis & Salvadore. Of the 91, 44 died, and 47 survived. Ages taken from July 31, 1846.
    Were they serving kebabs at said party?

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    Were they serving kebabs at said party?
    I suspect sushi style ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelph View Post
    Take small bites!
    Along with many, many grains of salt. Forced confessions, later recanted, can hardly be called evidence.
    My "name" is due to the Donner family being right there on my family tree. So I'm about as biased as the stories of cannibalism...but I do like the name.
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    The video won't play.

    Maybe the server won't handle the announcement made here?

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    I remember watching an episode of "I shouldn't be alive" or something along those lines. This young man is lost in the Amazon with his dog. He finally reaches that point and kills the dog, attempts to eat it, and finds the thought so vile he vomits it all back up.

    This disturbed me on a deep level, and has never left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Along with many, many grains of salt. Forced confessions, later recanted, can hardly be called evidence.
    A quote from the above report:

    To know who cannibalized is hard, as few were brave enough to admit the grotesque act, and our knowledge of cannibalism mostly comes of the accounts of others who "didn't" cannibalize and the discovery of terribly mutilated corpses by the rescuers. Some supposedly found it too hard to eat of the others, though this could be an exaggeration.


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