The Shipwreck Cannibals: Captain John Dean and the Boon Island Flesh Eating Scandal

The Shipwreck Cannibals: Captain John Dean and the Boon Island Flesh Eating Scandal

by Adam Nightingale

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Overview

A long forgotten tale gets a new life as this book reveals the true story of the 18th-century shipwreck cannibalism scandal

During the fierce winter of 1710, 14 Englishmen had taken refuge on Boon Island, a sparse 100-yard long stretch of rock, without food or adequate shelter, uncertain of when or if they would be rescued. They endured for 24 days. An attempt to escape failed and four men died. Facing starvation, their captain, John Dean, gave the order to butcher and eat a member of the crew. Dean's decision fended off starvation and sustained his crew until rescue. John Dean first emerged an unlikely hero, but soon thereafter an alternative version of events began to circulate. The First Mate painted Dean as a murderous fraudster, tyrant, and an enthusiastic consumer of human flesh. Centering on the scandal that defined him, this book tells the forgotten story of John Dean; criminal, mercenary, gentleman, diplomat, and cannibal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752487236
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Adam Nightingale is the author of Heroes & Villains of Nottingham and Masters of Crime.

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