While researching the Donner Party, the thing that struck me wasn’t what everyone focuses on: the cannibalism. That’s almost an afterthought to all the mistakes and, particularly, the murders, that came before.
The Donner Party was doomed long before it got stuck in the snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Poor leadership, bad decision-making, trusting a stranger—and then the deaths and murders.
My Donner Party short, extracted from The Green Beret Guide to Seven Great Disasters (1) is free. Below is the free slideshow summarizing what happened.
The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide. Updated as of October 2020. Also in Kindle Unlimited.
I’ve also just published The Green Beret Guide to Seven Great Disasters (1).