James S. Jameson, who was either the grandson or great grandson of the founder of the Jameson Irish Whiskey empire, allegedly purchased an 11-year-old slave girl in the late 1800s for the express purpose of witnessing her being cannibalized. Known as “The Horrible Jameson Affair,” it is as ghastly as it is unbelievable, and it has been verified by The New York Times and other reputable sources as being true.
James S. Jameson. The story goes that James S. Jameson, wealthy and bored, took a trip to what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Assad Farran, the translator who accompanied Jameson on the trip, would be the witness to tell the incredible tale of what happened next.
Six handkerchiefs. Jameson paid six handkerchiefs and bought a 10-year-old slave girl from a local tribe. He had no intention of keeping her.
Cannibalism. Jameson purchased the girl just so he could watch her be killed and devoured by members of a cannibal tribe. The little girl was first tied to a tree.
Surrounded. The cannibals surrounded the little girl, helplessly tied to the tree. They took turns stabbing her with their sharpened weapons and cutting off bits of her flesh until she eventually bled out.
Sliced and shared. The cannibals each cut away portions of the girl’s flesh. They began to eat her, raw.
Watching and drawing. According to the translator’s affidavit, Jameson sat back and watched. He made several sketches of the girl being mutilated and eaten.
Return to his tent. When the gruesome scene was over, Jameson retreated to his tent. There, he used his sketches to make paintings of what he had just seen.
Detailed paintings. Jameson completed five or six paintings. They showed, in detail, the little girl’s wounds, and the cannibals ingesting her flesh.
The point of the trip. What was the point of the trip to Africa? Many wealthy men were making trips to the “dark continent” in search of treasures and riches. Jameson, already wealthy, seemed more interested in exploiting the people and witnessing their pain and suffering.
Testimony. The translator would later provide a sworn affidavit testifying as to what he witnessed. Jameson accused the man of defamation and denied the entire incident. He died shortly thereafter.
Other proof. Eventually, Jameson’s own journal was recovered, as well as some of his renderings of the girl’s gruesome death. What the translator said was true, and it was Jameson himself who would ultimately prove it.
Jameson’s side. “The men were part of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. The expedition’s stated aim was to relieve the besieged Emin Pasha. It was really an expansionist foray, masterminded by Belgian royalty and employing cooperative europeans in an exploratory journey to the heart of “darkest africa”. King Leopold was suffering regal anxiety, and had decided he needed vast swathes of sub-Saharan real estate to allow him compete with other European monarchs. The men were to evaluate the lands.” Source: theinquisition.eu.
Farran’s sworn affidavit. “Farran set the scene by describing cruelty and severity at Yambuya camp. He described the camp as having split into factions, in an indictment of the laissez-faire attitude adopted by the camp’s commanders.Farran recounted how, at Ribakiba, Jameson had said to him that he was curious about the practice of cannibalism, which he believed was common among the natives. Apparently he was correct, it was relatively common. Jameson wanted to see it being performed and decided to buy a slave for the purpose. He paid six handkerchiefs for 10 year old girl. This detail would later stand out as essentially correct and uncontested.” Source: theinquisition.eu.
The brutality. “Along with a group of men he brought her to the cannibals’ hut. Through the interpreter the men were told, “This is a present from a white man, who wishes to see her eaten”.The girl was tied to a tree, and had her belly gouged twice with a knife. She looked around for assistance from the hostile group surrounding her. The girl remained silent as blood gushed from her abdomen. She was resigned to her fate. When dead from the blood loss, she was cut into pieces by the men who had sharpened their knives nearby.”
Approval. “Farran told how Jameson drew and sketched throughout the entire ordeal. Jameson, he said, later rendered these sketches in 6 delicate watercolours – the girl being led away, the stabbing and gushing blood, the dissection, and the final butchery. Jameson displayed his works to the chiefs for their approval.”
Source : RebelCircus