William Seabrook was born in 1884 and lived one of the most exciting, revolting, and strange lives in history. He began working at the New York Times as a reporter, but yearned for an adventure and quickly began traveling around the world and publishing tales of his experiences. He had an obsession with occultism and Haitian Vodou, and is actually credited with popularizing the concept of the zombie to popular culture!
While in West Africa Seabrook stayed with the Guere tribe and inquired what human meat tasted like. The chief could not describe it well enough, so Seabrook decided he’d get some from the local hospital. Normal right? He ate several different pieces, and his consensus was that it tastes strikingly like veal and is, “not too tough or stringy to be agreeably edible.”
Unfortunately for Seabrook he later went a little bit insane, became an alcoholic, and was institutionalized by his own request in a mental institution in 1933. On September 20, 1945, Seabrook committed suicide by drug overdose, a sad end to one of the most adventurous men of his age.