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Category: Cannibalism

German cannibal trial verdict due

The verdict in the trial of self-confessed German cannibal Armin Meiwes is to be delivered on Friday. Germany’s most sensational trial for decades concerns a man accused of cannibalism, whose victim apparently volunteered to be killed and eaten. It has both shocked and fascinated Germans. Mr Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer expert, admits killing and then eating another man three years ago, after placing an advert on the internet. It was, he told the court, the realisation of a dream he had nurtured ever since having schoolboy fantasies about consuming his classmates. Despite this, psychologists said he was mentally fit to

The challenge of the ‘cannibal consensus’

Armin Meiwes is, on the surface of things, an attractive, well-dressed, and amiable 42-year-old German. He is also, by his own admission, a cannibal, who three years ago ate an engineer he had found through the internet. On Friday, a court will decide whether Mr Meiwes should spend just a couple of months behind bars or much of the rest of his life for his activities. At stake is whether a person can be tried and imprisoned for murder when his victim had consented to be slaughtered. ‘No death wish’ In March 2001, Bernd-Jurgen Brandes, 43, answered an advert Mr

Germans aghast over cannibal trial

KASSEL, Germany (CNN) –A five-judge panel is expected to rule on Friday in the murder trial of a German who confessed to killing and eating a man he met over the Internet. CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Walter Rodgers explains the background to the case. Q) How did this case come to light? A) This case of cannibalism would never have occurred without the Internet. Armin Meiwes openly advertised on the Internet to satisfy his appetite for human flesh. But it was the Net which brought him down. When one Austrian discovered Meiwes’ advertisements on the Internet they reported him to

Dead man feared cannibalistic cult

Immigration officials doubt claim made by many Nigerian refugees The man found dead in a Dartmouth ball hockey court on the weekend was one of at least 10 Nigerians in recent years to claim he escaped a cannibalistic cult, only to have his refugee claim turned down by skeptical immigration officials. Brown Nosakhare, 28, had told federal immigration officials he fled the Ogboni cult in Nigeria in 1999 because it wanted him to eat his dead father’s ashes. “There have been many, many, many cases that have come up with similar issues being raised,” said Kingsley Jesuorobo, Mr. Nosakhare’s Toronto

Nigerian ‘cult’ refugee found dead

No evidence of foul play A refugee claimant who said he fled Toronto in fear of a cannibalistic Nigerian cult was found dead over the weekend in the penalty box of an outdoor hockey rink in Dartmouth, N.S. A groundskeeper found Brown Nosakhare, 28, just before 5 p.m. on Saturday. Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma and the man was dressed for the cold. Toxicology tests are not yet completed. Police said they are baffled. “There’s no evidence to suggest foul play,” said Sgt. Don Spicer of Halifax Regional Police. “We can’t rule out the possibility that

Cannibal victim ‘no wish to die’

KASSEL, Germany (AP) — A German engineer killed by another man after allegedly answering Internet ads seeking a willing victim for “slaughter and consumption” never expressed any desire to die, his former partner told the self-confessed cannibal’s murder trial. When his trial opened December 3, defendant Armin Meiwes confessed in detail to the March 2001 killing of 43-year-old Bernd Juergen Brandes at his home. Brandes, who had traveled from Berlin after answering his ads, wanted to be stabbed to death after drinking a bottle of cold medicine to lose consciousness, Meiwes testified. But on Monday, Brandes’ partner testified that “he

Cannibal trial: Porn images found

KASSEL, Germany (AP) — Investigators found hundreds of violent and pornographic images on the computer of a German information technology expert who confessed to killing a man and eating his flesh, an official testified at his murder trial Monday. “We checked a total of more than 2,000 data files,” Volker Kegel, an officer with Hessen state criminal authorities told the state court in Kassel. The images found, he said, ranged from homosexual pornography to torture. Prosecutors say the killing was sexually motivated and filed murder charges against Armin Meiwes, 42, despite concluding that the killer had the consent of the

Cook tells court of cannibal’s menu choice

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

‘Volunteer’ was alive during cannibal carvery

Forensic and toxicology experts told a German court that the victim of an act of cannibalism was still alive – but probably drugged – when his alleged killer was carving him up before administering the fatal knife wounds. Forensic scientist Manfred Risse told the court in Kassel that self-declared cannibal Armin Meiwes knew his victim was alive when he began to cut him apart. Meiwes, 42, has admitted killing and eating his victim in an act of cannibalism. He denied it was murder, however, claiming to have slashed the victim’s throat before cutting him up. But Risse’s testimony countered this

Would-be victim asked cannibal to eat him

KASSEL, Germany — A hotel worker told a German court Monday how he was chained to a bed by a self-confessed cannibal and had his body marked out for butchery before changing his mind and being released. Dirk Moller, 27, a conference organizer in London for an international chain, described his encounter with Armin Meiwes, 42, who is on trial for killing and eating a man. Moller and Meiwes, a computer expert, met via the Internet and confessed their cannibalistic tendencies to each other in regular e-mails, court sources said after the hearing in Kassel, which was held in private.