Discussion posted by: David McNamara
Life in the wild west was undeniably difficult. Hardships included food scarcity, disease, violence, and outhouses. If that wasn’t enough to contend with, it seems like cannibalism happened with disturbing frequency. Cannibalism gets sorted into different categories; aggressive, sexual, ritual, and survival. Of those categories, the old west had at least three. Starting with the infamous Donner Party (spoiler alert: it was not a party), here’s four tales of cowboy cannibalism.