Internet cannibal back on trial in Germany
Previous conviction deemed too lenient
Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006
FRANKFURT – A self-confessed cannibal is facing a new trial in Germany as prosecutors seek a life sentence for the man who killed and ate an apparently willing victim he met on the Internet.
In a lurid case that shocked the country, Armin Meiwes is returning to the dock after a federal judge threw out a January, 2004, manslaughter conviction on the grounds it was too lenient, despite the victim’s purported "death wish."
The dead man, 43-year-old Berlin engineer Bernd Juergen Brandes, met Meiwes after replying to an Internet advertisement for "young, well-built men aged 18 to 30 for slaughter." He was one of more than 200 volunteers.
Mr. Brandes, who had a will, bought a one-way rail ticket to Meiwes’s storybook hometown of Rotenburg, where his host picked him up at the station and took him to his rambling half-timbered farmhouse.
The two men had sex and after Mr. Brandes downed sleeping pills and whiskey, Meiwes cut off the man’s penis, which they planned to eat together but found it was inedible "even when fried".
After a while, Mr. Brandes became unconscious.
Meiwes, now 44, then laid him on a bench, stabbed him and hung his body from a hook on the ceiling of his kitchen.
He dissected the corpse, slicing off 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of the flesh, which he stored in a freezer. He later ate two-thirds of it, often with accompaniments such as pepper sauce or a wine sauce and potatoes.
The case did not come to light until an Austrian student spotted another Internet advertisement by Meiwes seeking new victims, and alerted the police.
The defense successfully built a case on "killing by demand" during the first trial and Meiwes was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
Meiwes’s lawyer, Harald Ermel, said his client had known "he had someone in front of him who wanted to die," adding that the accused was not a violent man but had given in to "an obsession for human flesh".
Prosecutors argue that despite Mr. Brandes’s expressed desire for "the ultimate kick", Meiwes is still guilty of murder.
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