Fans of the new Showtime series “Yellowjackets” know that the series is all about secrets: those the characters hide from the world and those the writers reveal to viewers.
How exactly did the teenage girls on a suburban college football team survive 19 months in the wild after a plane crash? What kind of emotional and physical scars has this left on the women they are today? What are these haunting symbols they get in the mail? And is Misty the best character or is she the better personage?
As the series gears up for its penultimate episode and we begin to get answers, there is sure to be a big question that will be addressed. When the girls ran out of food, what – or Who – did they eat to stay alive?
While waiting for an answer, here are some real-life cannibalism stories that will answer the age-old question, what do serial killers, American settlers, and rugby players have in common?
Cannibalism. The answer is cannibalism.
1. Albert Fish
Albert Fish, also known as The Gray Man and the Brooklyn Vampire, was born in Washington, DC in 1870. He spent most of his childhood in an orphanage where he endured years of abuse. In 1910, he cut a young man’s penis, gave him $ 10 and ran away. Soon after, Fish began to self-harm. He inserted needles into his pelvic area and hit himself with a studded paddle.
In 1919, Fish reportedly began kidnapping and torturing children with intellectual disabilities, and in 1928, he allegedly murdered 10-year-old Grace Budd. Six years later, he sent Budd’s mother a letter detailing the crime, even writing that “It took me 9 days to eat his whole body.” Fish was captured and confessed, and while linked to five homicides, he admitted only three. In 1934 he was convicted of killing Budd and executed by the electric chair in 1936.
2. The tragedy of the whaling ship Essex
Essex was a whaler who left Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1820 to hunt sperm whales in the South Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, for the 20-person crew, it was the whales that took the upper hand, when one attacked and sank the ship. With most of their provisions soaked in salt water, the men didn’t last long before they began to eat the corpses of teammates. When they ran out of corpses, the men cast lots to determine who would be sacrificed. Eighteen-year-old Owen Coffin pulled the short straw, was shot and eaten. The eight remaining survivors of the Whaleship Essex were rescued in April 1821.
Upon their return to Nantucket, two of these survivors wrote down accounts of the sinking. These works inspired a young Herman Melville to write his novel about human pride and a great white whale named Moby dick in 1851.
3. Luka Magnotta
Luka Magnotta, born Eric Clinton Newman, became a household name with the release of the Netflix documentary “Don’t F * ck With Cats”. At 21, Magnotta was working as an escort who also allegedly scammed an intellectual disabled woman for $ 10,000, according to a precedent Oxygen.com report. Obsessed with self-image, Magnotta has undergone numerous plastic surgeries and sought fame on YouTube, creating videos of himself torturing and killing animals, including kittens.
In 2012, 2012, Concordia University student Lin Jun responded to a Craigslist ad placed by Magnotta, in which he was looking for a man who wanted to indulge in bondage, according to the Montreal Gazette. When Lin Jun arrived at his home, Magnotta filmed himself killing the young man with an ice pick, dismembering his body, and eating parts of the corpse. He then sent Lin Jun’s body parts to various institutions, including an elementary school.
His crimes might not have been solved without a dedicated group of amateur online sleuths who had already started investigating Magnotta when they saw his animal torture videos. An international manhunt has begun for Magnotta, who was eventually arrested in Germany while searching Google for articles about himself, The Toronto Star reported
He was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
4. Donners’ party
The Donner Party was a group of 80 American settlers, all members of the Donner and Reed Families, who set off by railcar from Missouri to California in 1846. Intent on starting a new life, they instead found themselves stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the midst of a harsh winter after exhausting most of their supplies, while a series of quarrels left divisions between the two families.
Of the original group of settlers who began the journey, about half have survived. Those who died, mainly from exposure and starvation, although there were rumors of violence leading to death, became the sustenance of their family members.
5. Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer was a notorious serial killer who killed 17 men and boys over 13 years. What made this Milwaukee man so famous was the fact that he didn’t just stalk and kill his targets between 1978 and 1991 – he had sex with some of their corpses and had ate parts of their body. Thus, it became known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal”.
When the police raided his apartment, they discovered a collection of severed heads, at least one of which was found in Dahmer’s refrigerator. Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences in 1992, but was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate two years later.
6. Austin Harrouff: The Frat Boy Cannibal
Austin Harrouff is a alleged Florida cannibal who was found eating the facesf his two victims in the suburbs of Florida.
Authorities say they found Harrouff, now 25, biting the face of John Stevens, 59, in an alley while growling in 2016. Harrouff is accused of killing Stevens, 59, and Stevens’ wife Michelle Mischon, 53, before a fatal attack on the couple’s neighbor Jeff Fisher. Drugs were ruled out in the case, and Harrouff’s mental health is still under debate before his case can go to trial, according to a Florida outlet TC Palm reported in November.
seven. Miraculous Flight 571
The Andean air disaster is probably the only incident that most closely resembles the fictitious “yellow vests” events. A chartered flight to Chile carrying 19 members of a rugby team, as well as several associates, crashed in the Andes mountains in 1972. While 33 of the 45 passengers and crew on board survived. the initial accident, they had to survive on their own. for three months before rescuers finally arrived. During this time, they suffered extreme cold and a fatal avalanche. When they were finally rescued, there were only 16 survivors. Many of them had cannibalized their deceased teammates and friends to stay alive.
Their terrible fate was captured in the 1993 film “Alive”, based on the 1974 book. “Alive: The Story of the Andean Survivors.”
Additional reporting by Gina Tron.