Alexander "Sawney" Bean(e) was the legendary head of a 48-member clan in 15th- or 16th-century Scotland, reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1,000 people.

Alexander "Sawney" Bean(e) was the legendary head of a 48-member clan in 15th- or 16th-century Scotland, reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1,000 people.

The Hills Have Eyes is based on the Sawney Bean story. In 15th and 16th-century Scotland, Bean left home and took to the coastal caves with a woman where they lived for a number of years and had 14 children. The clan ambushed innocent passersby and murdered them for food. The family was hunted and brought to trial. At that time, they numbered 48, most of them the product of incest. The entire family was executed for the murder and cannibalization of over 1,000 people.

The Hills Have Eyes is based on the Sawney Bean story. In 15th and 16th-century Scotland, Bean left home and took to the coastal caves with a woman where they lived for a number of years and had 14 children. The clan ambushed innocent passersby and murdered them for food. The family was hunted and brought to trial. At that time, they numbered 48, most of them the product of incest. The entire family was executed for the murder and cannibalization of over 1,000 people.

Peter McCandless, Author, Editor, Historian: Sawney Bean, Iconic Scotsman…

Peter McCandless, Author, Editor, Historian: Sawney Bean, Iconic Scotsman…

The True story of Sawney Bean and his cannibal family, movies like The Hills Have Eyes have been based on this true story, but they don’t hold a candle to the reality

Tales of Terror 4: “The Hills Really Did Have Eyes” the Sawney Bean story

The True story of Sawney Bean and his cannibal family, movies like The Hills Have Eyes have been based on this true story, but they don’t hold a candle to the reality

Cave that, legend has it, housed a 16th century cannibal and his family of 48

Sawney Bean's Cave

Cave that, legend has it, housed a 16th century cannibal and his family of 48

Sawney Bean – Inspired the film The Hills Have Eyes. Sawney Bean was the head of a 48-member clan that lived in Scotland during the 15th or 16th century.  He was reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalization of over 1,000 people.  The story of Sawney Bean appears in The Newgate Calendar, a crime catalogue of the Newgate Prison in London.  Legend says that the family lived in the mountains and thrived on ambushes and murder.  The victims were brought back to their cave…

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Sawney Bean – Inspired the film The Hills Have Eyes. Sawney Bean was the head of a 48-member clan that lived in Scotland during the 15th or 16th century. He was reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalization of over 1,000 people. The story of Sawney Bean appears in The Newgate Calendar, a crime catalogue of the Newgate Prison in London. Legend says that the family lived in the mountains and thrived on ambushes and murder. The victims were brought back to their cave…

English Historical Fiction Authors: The Legend of Sawney Bean - Real or Fiction? Nov. 17, 2011 by Regina Jeffers

English Historical Fiction Authors: The Legend of Sawney Bean - Real or Fiction? Nov. 17, 2011 by Regina Jeffers

Cannibalism in Scotland: The Dark Legend of Sawney Bean

Cannibalism in Scotland: The Dark Legend of Sawney Bean

SOUTH AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND    Sawney Bean's Cave

Sawney Bean's Cave

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