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Cannibalism in Scotland: Legend of Sawney Bean

Ep. 61

According to legend, Sawney Bean and Agnes "Black" Douglas raised a clan of cannibals in a remote Scottish cave. They killed and ate unlucky travellers on lonely roads. This went on for decades with more than a thousand perishing. Who invented this gruesome story? Why? And why has Sawney Bean become a kind of cult hero in Scotland itself?


Cat Byers is our guest today, a writer and historian based in Paris currently finishing a PhD on the Paris Morgue.


Edited and produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.


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