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Episode 10 - Liver Eaters & Liars

John "Liver-Eating" Johnston was one of the "mountain men" who explored the American Northwest in the mid to late 1800s. Like the other "mountain men," Liver-Eating Johnston had his fair share of battles with the Native Americans who were defending their land. Unlike the other "mountain men," Johnston supposedly ate the livers of hundreds of natives he had killed. It was only recently that we learned this wasn't exactly true, but in Johnston's case, the truth might just be more horrifying than the fiction.


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Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers -


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