During the heavy winter of 1874, the famous nineteenth-century Colorado pioneer Alfred Packer was enlisted to guide five homesteaders along the Mormon Trail into Colorado. Packer soon emerged from the San Juan Mountains -- alone -- and was convicted of cannibalism and sentenced to hang by Judge Melville B. Gerry. "Stand up, yah voracious man-eatin' sonofabitch, and receive your sentence!" the judge exclaimed. "Thar were only seven Democrats in all of Hinsdale County and you ate five of them!"