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Myths and Legends
Sawney Bean: Scotland's Hannibal Lecter

Map of Carrick round Ballantrae
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Their plan worked exceedingly well for many a year, and they were soon surrounded with an incestuous tribe of forty five, all brought up in the ways of murder and cannibalism. Investigations were reportedly carried out into the many disappearances and some of those falsely accused were hanged. The couple’s luck ran out however, when they set upon a young couple returning from a fair.

The wife was quickly butchered and dismembered by the female Beans; however this horrific sight only served to increase the husband’s resistance and he bravely fought off his attackers until a crowd arrived from the same fair, forcing the Beans to withdraw.

The crime was reported to the authorities and a search party consisting of over 400 men with bloodhounds and led by King James himself set out to find and apprehend the Bean tribe.


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