In his first and only novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, a group of shipwrecked sailors kill and cannibalize one of their crewmates, a man named Richard Parker.
In 1884, 46 years after the book was published, a ship in real life sinks. Three of the survivors killed and cannibalized the fourth surviving member of the crew. The victim was a young man named Richard Parker.
There have actually been several instances throughout history after the release of “Arthur Gordon Pym” where sailors named Richard Parker have met gruesome fates when out at sea. If your name is Richard Parker, we recommend you stay on dry land.