Strange But True
Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson, by Raymond W. Thorp and Robert BunkerSaid to have been born about 1824 in New Jersey, John Garrison became a legendary and infamous American mountain man who at some point changed his name to John Johnston (which, for reasons unknown, is usually spelled Johnson without the “t”). Johnson’s exploits earned him two nicknames during his lifetime: Crow Killer and Liver-Eating.
The crows that Liver-Eating Johnson (ya gotta love that beard!) became famous for killing were not those of the feathered kind, but rather members of the Crow tribe, against which he carried out a 20-year vendetta in revenge for the murder of his Native American wife. He also earned the unsavory reputation of cutting out and eating the livers of each man that he killed. Johnson died in 1900 at the age of 76 in a Veteran’s hospital in Los Angeles, California. His exploits (whether fictional or true) became the basis for the movie Jeremiah Johnson featuring Robert Redford; a really great movie, by the way.