January 6, 1975. A young Israeli immigrant pushes open the door of his north London squat to find the dead body of a homeless man. George Price had cut the carotid artery out of his own throat with a pair of nail scissors.
It was a bloody end for a troubled man who believed he had been chosen by God to reveal a secret about the true nature of love. His revelations may not have been divine, but they were inspired—and ended up contributing significantly to our understanding of evolutionary biology.
This article was written after I produced a documentary film on George Price for my university dissertation.
Written by Theo Jolliffe