This Frontiersman’s Wife Was Killed In Cold Blood, So Over 25 Years He Gained His Gruesome Revenge

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The Wild West was, as you’ve no doubt heard, a very dangerous place. And some individuals definitely seem to have contributed to that danger more than most. On a revenge rampage that was said to have lasted for a quarter of a century, Liver-Eating Johnson was your worst nightmare if you were a Crow warrior at the time. But when they’ve allegedly killed the wife of a seasoned hunter, what else could you expect?

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John Johnson was born not just a long distance from the Western frontier, but an even longer way from the man he was to become. The son of Isaac and Elizabeth Garrison, he came into the world in 1824 not far from modern-day Little York, New Jersey. And eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that Johnson was not his original surname. But we’ll come to that a little later…

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In the meantime, Johnson grew up with a violently alcoholic father. At some point, the young man might have decided that anything was preferable to staying at home, and he joined the Navy. Johnson can’t have been very old at the time, though, because he apparently lied about his age when signing up. And so began a life-long love of telling stories.

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