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Andes plane crash survivors have ‘no regrets’ over eating human flesh to avoid starvation

On 13 October 1972, a plane that was transporting a group of rugby players from Uruguay crashed into the Andes mountains. Until their rescue 72 days later, the few survivors endured severe injuries, brutal temperatures, and heartbreaking circumstances. Finally—after having exhausted all other alternatives—they were forced to resort to cannibalism, eating human flesh from the dead bodies that surrounded the plane debris in an attempt to stay alive.

Uruguayan Air Force flight 57 had been tasked with carrying an amateur rugby team to Santiago, Chile. According to The Independent, the co-pilot wrongly believed that the flight had already reached Curicó, and therefore began the flight’s premature descent.

However, due to the pilot’s miscalculations, the aircraft collided with the side of a mountain—instantly severing the tail and both wings of the plane. The middle of the plane hurtled down a glacier for 725 metres, crashing into the snow and ice, and immediately killing 45 crew members and passengers on impact.

Over the course of the next month, 17 more people lost their lives due to either the harsh conditions or injuries obtained during the crash. In a similarly heart-wrenching tragedy, another 13 individuals were killed in an unforeseen avalanche. Following this, only 16 people remained, stranded within the Andes mountain range.

It wasn’t until 22 December 1972 that two helicopters carrying search and rescue teams located the remaining survivors and lifted them to safety the following day.

Roberto Canessa, who at the time was a 19-year-old medical student and is now a renowned paediatric cardiologist, described the ways in which the remaining survivors banded together to stay alive. In a 2016 interview with National Geographic, Canessa explained: “Everyone had a role, and because I was a medical student, I was in charge of the injured persons. I had to drain infections from the boys’ legs and stabilise fractures.”

He continued: “We melted snow to get water. We filled our rugby socks with meat for the trek out and used the insulation from the kitchen to make sleeping bags. At night, we used rugby balls to pee in because if you went outside your pee would freeze. You get very smart when you are dying.”

The surgeon also delved into the survivors’ mentality surrounding cannibalism, and his own reasons for deeming it a “generous death.” Canessa stated, “I’ve had these discussions for 40 years. I don’t care. We had to eat these dead bodies, and that was it,” he began, “the flesh had protein and fat, which we needed, like cow meat. I was also used to medical procedures so it was easier for me to make the first cut. The decision to accept it intellectually is only one step, though.”

“The next step is to actually do it. And that was very tough. Your mouth doesn’t want to open because you feel so miserable and sad about what you have to do. My main issue was that I was invading the privacy of my friends: raping their dignity by invading their bodies. But then I thought, if I were killed, I would feel proud that my body could be used for others to survive.”

“I feel that I shared a piece of my friends not only materially but spiritually because their will to live was transmitted to us through their flesh. We made a pact that, if we died, we would be happy to put our bodies to the service of the rest of the team,” Canessa concluded.

Another survivor, Ramon Sabella, told The Times: “Of course, the idea of eating human flesh was terrible, repugnant. It was hard to put in your mouth. But we got used to it.” Another individual, Carlitos Paez, told the publication that, for anyone interested, human flesh “doesn’t taste of anything, really.”

Canessa has detailed the entirety of the harrowing experience in his 2016 book, I Had To Survive: How a Plane Crash in The Andes Inspired My Calling To Save Lives.

Everything you need to know about Armie Hammer’s cannibalism and abuse accusations

If you haven’t checked Twitter recently, you may not have seen some semi-cryptic tweets from everyone’s favourite heart-throb Timothée Chalamet. He sent out four consecutive tweets that read, “soft bones,” “crunchy bones,” and “bony bones”—only to then sum them all up perfectly with “boner bone.” Understandably, everyone on the internet immediately began to worry that Chalamet’s recent portrayal of Willy Wonka had made him go slightly loopy.

We were all relieved to find out that he was simply promoting his new teenage-cannibalism film, Bones and All. With this new movie coming out—and considering recent fresh-eating thriller, Fresh—we thought it was the perfect opportunity to take a deeper look into one of Hollywood’s real life alleged cannibals: Chalamet’s previous co-star, Armie Hammer.

Whether you first came across the actor in Call me by your name—Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed 2017 love story which saw Chalamet finger a peachor you caught a glimpse of him brooding with Gal Gadot in Death on the Nile, Hammer has definitely made his mark in the city of angels. Although, with the extensive accusations against the actor in relation to sexual assault, emotional abuse and possible cannibalism, we’re not sure this was what he had in mind.

Keep scrolling for a one-stop-shop review of all the juiciest (pun intended) details dug up on the American actor nicknamed “Baking Soda Boy” with no direct connection between his moniker and sodium bicarbonate.

What are the allegations against Armie Hammer?

At the beginning of 2021, Hammer’s life started to spiral. After just announcing publicly that he and his wife were officially separating, a number of women—having been romantically linked to him in the past—began posting screenshots of private conversations with the actor. The messages were incredibly explicit and painted an image of a man obsessed with domination and aggression, specifically towards women.

As reported by Variety at the time, the woman who first made these allegations on social media, @houseofeffie on Instagram, explained how she had personally been in a turbulent relationship with Hammer and was subject to extreme physical and emotional abuse. She spoke of how “he would often test my devotion to him… I thought that he was going to kill me.”

Once these initial allegations had been made, the floodgates opened. One particular ex-girlfriend, Courtney Vucekovich, told Page Six that Hammer had wanted to “break my rib and barbeque and eat it.” She also went on to describe the intense nature of their relationship, explaining how the actor groomed her into accepting and expecting darker and more abusive treatment—that included putting her in dangerous circumstances and obsessing over every move made by Vucekovich.


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We have seen time and again that when women come forward to tell their stories of abuse, specifically against high-ranking men, they are more often than not silenced by both the media and the industry. In the case of Jared Leto, a number of victims have spoken up about the singer and actor’s problematic and predatory behaviour. However, they were met with zero support and instead fought with the very real fear that their honesty would result in dangerous repercussions from Leto or his team of relentless publicists and lawyers.

In this particular case, however, people listened. Hammer was immediately dropped from his upcoming rom-com with Jennifer Lopez and exiled from Hollywood—thereby forcing him to make his escape to his childhood home in the Cayman Islands. Perhaps the shocking nature of the accusations finally forced the movie industry to take action. But given the fact that the establishment continues to protect other big male names in the industry, it’s hardly time to cue the celebrations.

I would argue that the Lone Ranger was unsuccessful in defending his name due to a number of pre-existing concerns surrounding his behaviour. According to Vanity Fair, close friends and family insist that “if Armie is guilty of anything… it’s having a penchant for super-kinky sex.” However, the actor’s private Instagram, @el_destructo_8, which has since been deleted, has been incredibly enlightening.

One of his posts featured a tied-up mannequin with the caption: “If quarantine doesn’t start moving more quickly I’m going to fuck this thing.” Who knew that when he bagged himself a cameo in Gossip Girl back in 2012, he’d take inspiration from all the fictional misogyny and apply it in his real life?

Kinky sex and abuse are not the same

Of course, it should also be mentioned that kinky sex in no way equates to physical abuse or a lack of consent. Kinks have been around for centuries and they can be incorporated into sex in a safe way that is mutually beneficial. In fact, with women at the helm, BDSM can be carried out not only without the rigid binaries of gender conformity, but also in an uplifting and secure environment.

Mistaking Hammer’s extreme violence and abusive nature for kink play is both wrong and incredibly dangerous.

What happens now?

Like all disgraced bad boys of the world, Hammer escaped to the Cayman Islands. Although his choice of location isn’t too suspicious, we’re sure the lack of WiFi and police presence were just a bonus. The Guardian reported that he supposedly was last seen leaving his ‘day job’ selling timeshares to take refuge in an Los Angeles crib owned by Robert Downey Jr. What he’ll do next, we’re not sure, but we doubt it will include jail time.

His ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, has been publicly supportive of all those who have spoken out against her former partner. In an Instagram post, Chambers wrote: “I didn’t realise how much I didn’t know. I support any victim of assault or abuse and urge anyone who has experienced this pain to seek the help she or he needs to heal.”


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If you still haven’t had your fill of Hammer content, don’t worry. A new docuseries, House of Hammer, is set to be released on Discovery Plus on Friday 2 September 2022. The show will feature exclusive interviews with two of the actor’s previous partners as well as his aunt Casey Hammer—making it an absolute must-see. With so many of Hammer’s extended circle closing in on him, it’s likely that his time in the spotlight is well and truly over.