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The Fermanagh cannibal who lured his victims to the woods and banqueted on their flesh

The gruesome exploits of prisoner-turned-cannibal who ate his fellow convicts

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Alexander Pearce was hung at the Hobart Town Gaol at 9am on 19 July 1824. It is reported that just before he was hung, Pearce said, "Man's flesh is delicious. It tastes far better than fish or pork."

Alexander Pearce was hung at the Hobart Town Gaol at 9am on 19 July 1824. It is reported that just before he was hung, Pearce said, "Man's flesh is delicious. It tastes far better than fish or pork."

John Wright's book Undaunted: The Irish in Australia - convicts story

John Wright's book Undaunted: The Irish in Australia - convicts story

The skull of Alexander Pearce

The skull of Alexander Pearce

Hobart Town Gaol, Murray St, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia where Alexander Pearce was hanged at 9am on 19 July 1824 (State Library of Victoria)

Hobart Town Gaol, Murray St, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia where Alexander Pearce was hanged at 9am on 19 July 1824 (State Library of Victoria)

Alexander Pearce was hung at the Hobart Town Gaol at 9am on 19 July 1824. It is reported that just before he was hung, Pearce said, "Man's flesh is delicious. It tastes far better than fish or pork."

THEY called him "the man-eater of Macquarie Harbour".

An American book claimed he lured fellow convicts to escape to get them to "his lair in the woods", where he would eat them and maintained a constant supply of fresh victims.

Was Alexander Pearce really a monster or just a starving man? Born in 1790, he was sentenced to transportation at the Co Armagh Lent Assizes for stealing six pairs of shoes and left Cork on October 3, 1819, on the Castle Forbes.