Yes. The “Ghost and the Darkness” is based on actual events. Though many significant details were fictionalized, the core elements of the story are based on fact.
Yes, it is based on a true story in which it is believed that 130 workers were killed by lions, which the locals thought were supernatural.
The Ghost and the Darkness is based on a true story beginning in March 1898 when the British started building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in East Africa. Over the next nine months, two adult male lions killed and ate nearly 140 railway workers. Chief engineer Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson finally shot the first lion on December 9, 1898, and three weeks later, the second. The first lion killed measured nine feet, eight inches from nose to tail. There are two theories as to why the lions started eating humans. The first suggests that because in the 1890s, an outbreak of rinderpest disease killed millions of zebras, gazelles and other African wildlife, causing the lions to look elsewhere for food. The other idea is that when railroad workers died, poor burial practices, which sometimes lacked a burial altogether, allowed for lions to get an easy meal and cause them to start going after live humans
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