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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