Here’s how the legendary mountain man John Liver-Eating Johnson earned his brutal nickname.
John Liver-Eating Johnson was one of the most hardcore and vengeful mountain men of the Wild West. This week on the “Mountain Man Minute”, I tell the story of how he earned his brutal nickname.
Liver Eating Johnson’s life story is the stuff of legend. During the Mexican-American War, he served on a warship for the American army. After striking an officer, Johnson was discharged and headed West. There, served a number of roles. He was a sheriff, a hunting guide, a boat builder, a cabin maker, a whiskey peddler, a teamster, a trapper and wore countless other hats.
It was during his trapping days that Johnson earned his nickname. After returning from a season of trapping, he arrived home to find a horrific sight in his doorway that would alter the redirect the course of his life down a violent and vengeful path…
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