With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Americans around the nation are preparing to create the meal of the year. But let us not forget about the people who made this holiday possible: the pilgrims.

If you’re looking to share a different type of story this holiday, why not dish out a little history on our nation’s past.

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Note: While this slightly terrifying and twisted story is undoubtably interesting, it might be best to share this story after everyone is done eating. Here goes:

Twenty-one years after the pilgrims arrived to Plymouth, a man named Thomas Granger was found guilty of having sex with a handful of animals, most notably, a turkey. According to the Plymouth Colony Archives, Granger’s misconducts sentenced him to be executed by hanging until he was dead.

Unfortunately for Granger, his felonies were not buried with him. The leader of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, noted Granger’s actions for the sake of history in his book, Of Plymouth Plantation. He writes,


[pullquote]”[Thomas Granger] was this year detected of buggery, and indicted for the same, with a mare, a cow, two goats, five sheep, two calves, and a turkey. Horrible it is to mention, but the truth of the history requires it.”[/pullquote]

VICE notes that bestiality was a crime taken very seriously by the pilgrims. After his conviction, Granger was forced to watch as each animal he had sex with was killed right in front of him, before Granger was ultimately executed himself. Afterwards, the animals were buried rather than eaten because they were now considered to be violated. The misconduct had a ripple effect on the society as Plymouth’s economy took a major hit with a portion of the colony’s main food sources put to rest.


While Granger’s wrongdoings may seem like a secluded case of bestiality, Plymouth faced a handful of crimes during its beginnings. By 1642, Brandford notes, “But that which is worse, even sodomy and buggery, (things fearful to name) have broke forth in this land, oftener then once.”

#Neverforget the origin story of this great country.

[via Vice]