Was described as a ''maniac and a brute'' by his own men. Ned Low was a Boston ship rigger who turned to piracy. He earned a reputation for extreme cruelty. After capturing a Nantucket whaler, Low made her commander eat his own sliced off ears, sprinkled with salt, before he killed him.

When he captured the Spanish galleon Montcova, he personally slaughtered fifty-three officers and made one Spaniard eat the heart of another before killing him. His own crew finally set him adrift in an open boat without provisions. Two days later a French ship rescued him, but upon discovering who he was, the French gave him a quick trial and hung him.

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