Kassel – A court in Germany, trying a self-confessed cannibal for murder, has heard evidence from a cook who allowed himself to be hung on a meat hook – with choice cuts marked out on his body.
The 32-year-old chef is the first of up to five cannibal fantasists due to testify to the court trying Armin Meiwes, who has admitted killing and eating one man.
The cook turned up to testify wearing a hat and sunglasses to protect his identity. The public was excluded.
Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer technician, has told investigators that the cook, with whom he had been in e-mail contact for more than two years, allowed him to mark edible parts of his body for carving.
After rubbing oil on him, Meiwes pulleyed him onto a meat hook in his house in Rotenburg, near Kassel.
But the cook “immediately felt cold and unwell”, Meiwes told investigators, “so we stopped”.
The accused has already admitted in court that he met five other potential victims but did not eat them for various reasons – either they were too fat, too old, backed down or appeared “unfriendly”.