Oct. 31, 2022

Cannibalism and The Donner Party


This Halloween, we’re bringing you the ultimate food crime! Cannibalism and the Donner Party.

In the spring of 1846, a group of pioneers left Missouri with hearts full of hope and ventured west along the Oregon Trail to start a new life in California. By the time their voyage was complete, nearly half of them would be dead.  

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