A Real-Life ‘Eat The Rich’ Story?
It’s a horrific scenario.
A young man, scion of one of America’s most storied families, struggles through an incredible 18-hour swim in the Arafura Sea. Finally, shore is at hand.
So, it seems, is rescue. A nest of eight canoes floats at the mouth of the Etwa River, each filled with strong-armed men who can pull him to safety. His last strength brings him into their midst.
A 10-foot spear plunges into his chest while he is still in the water. Soon he will be gutted through a deep cut from anus to neck, his limbs cooked over an open fire and greedily eaten.
In the new book, Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, veteran journalist Carl Hoffman unveils significant evidence that 23-year-old Michael Rockefeller died at the hands of headhunters, and not at sea, late in 1961.
Hoffman, a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, traveled twice to New Guinea, all but embedding himself in the local tribes for months, to uncover the grim tale.