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, […]

Cannibal sought a second helping

KASSEL, Germany – A German computer expert who has confessed to killing an Internet acquaintance and eating his flesh testified at his murder trial yesterday that he subsequently sought more volunteers to share the same fate. Armin Meiwes, 42, told the state court in the central city of Kassel that he looked for willing victims through […]

Cannibal’s video of ‘victim’s’ final hours played to court

Video images of mutilation and execution flickered in a darkened German courtroom yesterday, as cannibal Armin Meiwes’s grisly home movie was played for the first time. The video chronicling the end of Bernd Juergen Brandes, a computer expert, was screened for judges, lawyers, the cannibal himself and lay observers. Press and public were excluded from […]

Defendant part of big cannibal scene, detective tells court

The detective who investigated Germany’s infamous cannibal case told a court yesterday that he had stumbled upon a vast cannibal scene in Germany – involving several dentists and other professionals. Giving evidence in the trial of Armin Meiwes, the 42-year-old computer expert who killed and ate another man, federal investigator Wilfried Fehl yesterday said the […]

Is it murder if victim asks to be eaten?

Convicting a German cannibal of murder may be difficult as the victim offered to be ‘dined upon’ BERLIN – Prosecutors in the case of the German who killed and ate a man could face legal problems proving he had committed murder because the victim offered himself for slaughter and wanted to be eaten. Armin Meiwes, […]

Cannibal says he was lonely and dreamt of ‘brother’ to disembowel

He trawled the internet to find a man who asked to be eaten. Now the former computer expert is telling his story in court At first it seemed more like an innocent childhood confidence betrayed to some agony aunt than the confession of a cannibal. Clad in a dark suit and a respectable black-and-white patterned […]

Cannibalism: A modern taboo

Armin Meiwes, the German who is standing trial for eating an acquaintance, has advised others not to follow his example. But he is unlikely to be the last to sample human flesh. After years of wrangling over its very existence, anthropologists increasingly concur that cannibalism is a tradition which has spanned both cultures and centuries, […]

On stand, man describes slaying, cannibalism

KASSEL, Germany — A German computer expert — charged with killing, dismembering and eating the flesh of an Internet acquaintance — made a detailed confession at the opening of his murder trial yesterday. The accused said he was only doing what the victim wanted. Armin Meiwes, 42, who lived in an ancient former manor house […]

German Cannibal confesses all

KASSEL, Germany (Reuters) – A German man has confessed in court to killing and eating a willing victim, saying it had felt like a religious act to eat human flesh. Offering a full account of the killing that has gained him worldwide notoriety as “The Cannibal of Rotenburg”, Armin Meiwes said there were “hundreds, thousands” […]

German ‘cannibal’ goes on trial

The trial is starting in Germany of a man accused of killing and eating another man. Computer technician Armin Meiwes, 41, is charged with murder, even though the victim allegedly volunteered for his fate by replying to an internet advert. The gruesome incident was all captured on camcorder and the video will form part of […]

TV Report Sparks Occult Fears in Germany

Deutsche Welle (Germany), Jan. 17, 2003 http://www.dw-world.de/ Just weeks after Germany became exposed to the reality of cannibalism, a television report has whipped up a fresh media storm. Cannibalism hit the headlines in Germany at the end of last year with news of the gruesome last moments in the life of a 42-year-old homosexual man, […]

Indon Police Hold Man For Cannibalism

Bernama (Malaysia), Jan. 17, 2003 http://www3.bernama.com/ JAKARTA, Jan 17 (Bernama) — Indonesian police have arrested a man from Purbalingga district of Central Java after he was was found to have stolen a human corpse and eaten it to obtain supernatural power. Purbalingga police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Agus Sofyan Abadi said Sumanto, 31, a resident […]

German sect accused of rape and cannibalism

The Daily Telegraph (England), Jan. 16, 2003 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ By Kate Connolly in Berlin German authorities are investigating claims that members of an occult sect raped and murdered women and ate children in ritual ceremonies. According to a regional state prosecutor, several people are being investigated “for numerous offences of sexual abuse with an occult background” […]

German cannibal found willing victims on net

Our correspondent reports from Berlin on case of a real-life Hannibal Lecter that has horrified a nation and revived memories of the darkest days of war The Times (England), Dec. 13, 2002 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ By Roger Boyes Germany was transfixed in horror yesterday by a case of cannibalism in which an apparently respectable software specialist mutilated […]
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