TANGANYIKA: Murder by Lion

"The beast." said the local court in the dispassionate tones of bewigged British justice, "appears to be a human being who has been brought up to kill on the orders of those in charge of him, and to kill with bestial ferocity. While employed in its inhuman task, the creature disguises itself in the skin of a lion, or partly in lion skins and partly in baboon skins."

Such bizarre beasts—human beings usually hopped up with hashish and kept in captivity by local experts in black magic —are no strangers to the orderly...

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