Seven young members of a satanic sect have gone on trial in Russia accused of four gruesome murders in which they “ritually sacrificed” their victims before cooking and eating parts of them.
The case is being held behind closed doors but local media say all seven defendants admit their guilt. They are officially charged with murder, theft and the desecration of human remains.
The three girls and one boy, all described as Goths and aged 16 and 17, were allegedly forced to drink alcohol by the gang before they were attacked.
The killers then allegedly lit a bonfire under a tree near their cottage in Russia’s Yaroslavl region, 300 miles north-east of Moscow, where they cooked and ate their victims’ body parts.
The man accused of murdering his girlfriend, mutilating her body and possibly participating in cannibalism is telling investigators that “God told me to do it.”
Oklahoma Man Accused of Killing Girl, Planning to Eat Her Flesh Faces 1st-Degree Murder Charge PURCELL, Okla. – A man accused of killing a 10-year-old girl in what investigators describe as a cannibalistic plot will be tried for first-degree murder, a judge ruled Tuesday. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Kevin Ray Underwood, 26, accused of strangling Jamie Rose Bolin. Underwood lived in the same apartment complex as the girl, who was reported missing April 12 after failing to return home from the library. Her body was found nearly decapitated inside Underwood’s apartment, investigators have said.
The German cannibal killer Armin Meiwes was sentenced to life in prison today, as a court overturned his earlier eight-year sentence for killing and eating the computer engineer Bernd-Jurgen Brandes in 2001. The five-month hearing found Meiwes guilty of murder, replacing an original sentence for manslaughter imposed in January 2004. The case posed difficult questions for Germany’s legal system about the limits of murder. Meiwes’s lawyers had been seeking a more lenient sentence of “killing upon request“, which would carry a sentence of up to five years, because of the fact that Brandes, 43, had agreed to be killed and
Two Hindu priests have been arrested on charges of eating vital organs from the corpse of a child in the belief they would gain supernatural powers, Indian police said today. “Our investigations revealed the pair exhumed the body on Friday and after lopping off its head they devoured its heart, liver and other soft organs, thinking the act would give them with immense powers,” Jaunpur police chief Abhay Kumar Prasad said. “We have also found the half-eaten headless corpse after interrogating these two men,” Mr Prasad said. Villagers alerted police yesterday after finding the head of an 18-month-old infant they
BERLIN (Reuters) – A German man who killed and ate a willing victim faces the prospect of a stiffer sentence at a retrial starting on Thursday for a crime that continues to horrify and enthral. Armin Meiwes, 44, was convicted of manslaughter and given an 8-1/2-year jail term in January 2004 for cutting up a man he met via the Internet three years before. However, Germany’s Supreme Court ruled last April that the verdict was too lenient and Meiwes should face a second trial with a renewed murder charge. Retrial chambers do not have to follow a higher court’s decision,
GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Fear grips residents of remote villages in the boundary of Jose Abad Santos town in Davao del Sur province and Glan town in Sarangani province after the leader of a cult allegedly involved in cannibalism managed to elude arrest. Police have not yet established the name of the cultist group that became known and feared for eating the liver of their victims and drinking their blood. Chief Inspector Reynaldo Mascardo, police chief of Jose Abad Santos, told reporters that his men were able to arrest three members of the group. The suspects — brothers Angelito and
A mother of two has celebrated 15 years living among a tribe of cannibals who regard women’s breasts as a delicacy. Susan Rhodes*, 43, from , volunteered to live with the Kamula tribe in a remote village in western Papua New Guinea after her church asked for someone to translate the Bible into the local language. She took her Finnish husband, Iska, and their children, and set about learning the language from scratch. Many of the Kamula people had never seen a white person until the late 1970s. They used to hide from planes, believing the huge “smoking bird” would
KASSEL, Germany – A German who confessed to killing, dismembering and eating another man who allegedly agreed to the arrangement over the Internet was convicted Friday of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison. A state court ruled that Armin Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer expert, had no ‘‘base motives’’ in the crime — sparing him a murder conviction. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence, calling Meiwes a ‘‘human butcher’’ who acted simply to ‘‘satisfy a sexual impulse.’’ The defense argued that since the victim volunteered to be killed and eaten, the crime should be classified a mercy killing,