Cannibal ‘was influenced by death spell witch’

Irish (Ireland) Independent, Dec. 18, 2002
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Germany’s cannibal murder case took a bizarre twist yesterday, when it was revealed that the suspect’s next door neighbour was a self-professed witch, who claimed to be able to cast death spells.

Police said yesterday they had confiscated an electric saw and a barbecue grill from the murder site – both allegedly used by the mur der suspect in the pursuit of his “hobby”.

The suspect’s family moved to a rambling, half-timbered manor house in Rotenburg an der Fulda when he was 16.

The family’s next-door neighbour was a self-avowed Satanist called Ulla von Bernus who published occult tracts and claimed to “cast death spells with 90pc reliability.” However, Von Bernus was sued in the early 1980s by a woman who claimed she had paid out #10,000 for a death curse on her husband, but he did not die.

More details of the case emerged yesterday, indicating the victim willingly ate his own flesh and allowed himself to be killed.


The 41-year-old suspect, identified only as Armin M, said he arranged via the Internet to meet his victim at the Kassel train station in March last year, and that they discussed the impend ing “slaughter” in detail on arrival at his home in Rotenburg.

His 42-year-old victim, a computer chip developer at Siemens corporation in Berlin identified only as Bernd Juergen B, agreed to have sex with Armin but afterward had second thoughts about going through with the rest.

The suspect said he drove his guest back to the train station where he bought a ticket to Berlin. But, changing his mind again, the vic tim decided to remain, and they returned to the house in Rotenburg.

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