While the name “The Donner Party” sounds like a good time, it definitely was not. It is a macabre tale from the Wild West that *Spoiler Alert* famously ends in cannibalism. But that is only 5% of the story. Bestselling author Michael Wallis tells the twisted tale of this ill-fated and terribly timed wagon train. We discuss Johnny B. Goode, the infamous Hastings Cutoff, how President Lincoln was almost a member of this group, and in a completely unrelated note, Michael’s work as the Sheriff in the movie Cars.
*BONUS EPISODE* – The Forlorn Hope
Every concept has an origin story. Dubbed ‘The Forlorn Hope’, the first attempt at a rescue spawned two of the darkest and most infamous ones of the entire ordeal known as The Donner Party: Cannibalism and Murder. Listen as we discuss the treacherous events that lead this insidious course of action.