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Jeana (DP)
12-03-2003, 04:25 PM
Alleged cannibal: Victim wanted to be killed

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 Wednesday. The accused said he was only doing what the victim wanted.

Armin Meiwes, 42, who lived in an ancient former manor house in Rotenburg, gave chilling testimony about how his fantasy of finding someone to become "a part of me" turned real. Rotenburg is a central German town about 20 miles southeast of Kassel.

Meiwes -- a poised, slender man wearing a dark suit and tie -- described matter-of-factly how Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, traveled from Berlin to visit him in March 2001 in reply to an Internet advertisement seeking a young man for "slaughter and consumption."

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"Now you can see my body. I hope you'll find me tasty," Meiwes quoted his visitor as saying. Brandes later said he wanted to be stabbed to death after drinking a bottle of cold medicine to lose consciousness, Meiwes testified.

Meiwes said he stabbed his victim the next morning, believing he was already dead, and recorded his act on a videotape that is being used as evidence.

"I kissed him once more, prayed and pleaded for forgiveness," Meiwes told the court.

He said he froze some of the dismembered body parts, eating the flesh over the following months, and buried others in the garden. Police who searched Meiwes' home found human flesh and bones.

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A man who said he wanted to be beheaded also showed up, but Meiwes said he sent him away because he was too fat and not talkative enough.

Police tracked down and arrested Meiwes last December after a student in Austria alerted them to an advertisement Meiwes placed on the Internet seeking a man willing to be killed and eaten.

Thirty-eight witnesses are slated to testify in the trial. A verdict is expected in February.

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Toth
12-03-2003, 04:41 PM
If in fact the person was dead after the entire bottle of cold medicine suppressed his respiration drive, then the only crime is "committing an indignity to a corpse" and failure to report the death.

Why are they making a big deal of this if the ad said slaughter and consumption, whatever weirdo responded to it deserves to be killed.

Jeana (DP)
12-03-2003, 04:45 PM
Well unfortunately for the defendant, the guy wasn't dead from the cold medicine and I think the videotape that they're using in court pretty much proves that he was alive when he stabbed him. I do agree that the idiots that responded to this advertisement were stranger than strange, but that doesn't negate the fact that its still illegal to kill 'em.

Casshew
12-03-2003, 04:52 PM
Yikes..what madness :eek:

Ghostwheel
12-03-2003, 07:04 PM
Originally posted by Toth
Why are they making a big deal of this if the ad said slaughter and consumption, whatever weirdo responded to it deserves to be killed. But what if someone thought it was an invitation to a barbeque with a person with TB?;) I remember reading this when it happened and I thought, "How nice that the psychos can play with each other instead of bothering the rest of us." Seriously, don't you think this guy would have eventually HAD to kill and eat someone? At least it was someone who wanted to be eaten.

Of course, we are assuming facts not in evidence, that this man really wanted to be eaten.

spneyz
12-04-2003, 03:27 AM
this is some pretty hardcore Hannibal Lector action here, except his victims weren't willing. what kind of person would respond to an ad like that>? what kind of psychos are really out there? the guy had over 400 replys to the ad. gheezzzzzz...
i am having flashbacks from the Hannibal trilogy... ugh. i've gotta run to the toilet now.... BAAAAAAHHH

BirdieBoo
12-04-2003, 02:57 PM
Honestly, even though the victim may have been willing, people like this need to be put away anyway. Just for general safety. Everyone who responded to the ad should be put away too.

Jeana (DP)
12-04-2003, 03:02 PM
Originally posted by BirdieBoo
Honestly, even though the victim may have been willing, people like this need to be put away anyway. Just for general safety. Everyone who responded to the ad should be put away too.

Yes, at least for a mental evaluation!

civilatty
12-04-2003, 04:33 PM
I say let em do whatever they want. Much like helmet laws and why I oppose them. It's Darwin's theory at work. Let em eat other before they reproduce. Freaks.

Toth
12-04-2003, 04:53 PM
Helmet laws and this trial are a perfect example.
Motorcyclists who don't wear helmets don't always die outright, they are often an expense to society for years.
Freaks who volunteer to be eaten and those who eat them are not without societal cost, as anyone who knows how much a trial costs can attest to.

Amraann
12-05-2003, 05:24 PM
And if no one had replied to the ad he probably would have still found a vicitim.