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This case was very controversial when it was tried in 1884 because it made us truly consider what circumstances would cause us to disobey the morals set forth by our society While there are many things that are discussed and argued in this case in order to truly understand a case you must understand the basic facts On July 5 1884 an English vessel the Mignonette sank about 1600 miles off the Cape of Good Hope South Africa The four crew members Tom Dudley Edwin Stephens Edmund Brooks and Richard Brooks were forced on a life boat with a limited food supply and no water aboard The men were able to survive on the limited food in the lifeboat and a turtle that was caught for twelve days They had no more food after the twelfth day until the date of their questionable acts on the twentieth day They also did not have fresh water unless it was caught in their oilskin caps After more than a week with no food three of the crew began talking about the drastic actions they may have to take in order to survive They talked about one crew member being sacrificed in order to save the other three Parker had no involvement in this talk because he was incoherent and sometimes unconscious due to famine and drinking sea water Brooks disagreed to the idea because he knew the others were talking about killing Parker On July 25th it had been over a week since the men had consumed any food and five days since they had consumed any liquid On this day Dudley with the assent of Stephens slit Parkers throat and killed him For the next four days Dudley Stephens and Brooks all consumed Parkers flesh and drank his blood On the fourth day after the incident they were rescued by a passing vessel who took them back to England When the men were found they
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