While reading the real Dr. Bruce Pattersonâ€™s book, â€śThe Lions of Tsavo,â€ť it was to my great surprise that I discovered the â€ślion men.â€ť Much in parallel to European folklore, it was said that these men would perform rituals to become beasts and terrorize the countryside. However, it is the political nature of these late nineteenth and early twentieth century killings that makes them unique.
Particularly notorious was a cult known as â€śThe Lion Men of Singida,â€ť who kidnapped children to brainwash and train as assassins. They were drugged and clothed in lion skins, and given prosthetic claws with which to kill their targets.
While the â€ślion menâ€ť discussion adds another wrinkle into the investigation, had I wanted to write a pure crime story that only hinted about the supernatural without embracing it, I would have all the material right here!