Cannibal mothers of Samaria
During a famine in Israel, King Ben-hadad of Aram (Syria) invaded Israel and besieged Samaria. Food in the city ran low, and prices rose. Two mothers then entered into a terrible pact: They would eat the son of one of the women one day and the son of the other woman on the next. They ate the son of one of the women, but on the next day, the other woman refused to give up her son.
The woman who no longer had a son felt wronged, despite the despicableness of the pact, and asked King Jehoram of Israel for help:
This woman said to me,Give your son so we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her,Give your son so that we may eat him; but she had hidden her son.— 2 Kings 6:28–6:29 (AMP)
Jehoram tore his clothes in response. After walking on the wall some more, he sought the death of the prophet Elisha.