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Myths and Legends
Sawney Bean outside his cave
Sawney Bean: Scotland's Hannibal Lecter

One of the most famous legends to emerge from South-West Scotland is that of the Scottish cannibal murderer, Sawney Bean. The story has been spread around the world, accepted as an horrific historical incident. But does the story stand up to scrutiny? And, if not, what reason would there be for its invention? More...

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1 Richard Downie from - 28 January 2004
"My parents told me this story from an early age,and i always believed it to be true.These days Im not so sure, but a great tale never the less."

2 Graham Kerr from - 28 January 2004
"Hmmmm...seems like a scare story either drummed up by the powers that be to isolate lawless and rebellious Galloway by inventing myths to scare people off, or else could have been the usual Scottsih gossip thing turning into a myth...or there may be more behind it. A Clan defying and fighting against the King...or maybe they really are the first recorded serial Killers in the western world, no doubt they weren't the first!"

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