Best Defender of Alfred Packer

David Bailey

We accept that Alfred Packer is Colorado's most famous cannibal -- but do we have to label him a cold-blooded murderer, too? David Bailey doesn't think so, and the evidence seems to be mounting in his favor. Using sophisticated imaging technology, a team from Mesa State College uncovered bits of lead that could support Packer's contention that he shot one of his traveling companions in self-defense after the other man had hatcheted the rest of the party to death in 1874. (Okay, and then Packer gnawed on a few of them.) The fruits of Bailey's labors could be a sweet-tasting victory for historic accuracy.

 
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