October 28, 1884: The Times of London reported that in a life boat on the open sea, a cabin boy named Richard Parker had been cannibalised by the three surviving crew members of the wrecked yawl Mignonette. In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe had published a story called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym which told of a parallel set of circumstances to the Mignonette's misfortune, in which a sailor was also eaten. His name was Richard Parker.
There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them.
Edgar Allan Poe