Thursday, September 15, 2005

Do you want to be eaten?


Police remove 43-year-old Bernd-Jurgen Brandes' remains from Armin Meiwes' house
Photo: BBC
SABC 3 is broadcasting some pretty unbelievable documentaries at the moment. They air just after Oprah at about 23h30. None more unbelievable than tonight's feature about this German incident. This bloke fantasises about eating another bloke. Luckily for him, he hooks up with somebody who wants to be eaten - in a newsgroup catering especially for people like this.

The downshot of writing this blog entry is that those newgroup members might find their way to this blog. Begone you sickos - find help!

Back to the incident, the eater meets the to-be-eaten. He slices off the latter's penis and they share the delicacy. 3 hours later, the guy still hasn't died. So the eater plunges a knife into the eaten's throat. He then eats the dead guy over the next few months.

The guy then brags about his deeds on the cannibalism newsgroup, where a potential-cannibal-with-a-conscience alerts the police. Who then find the dude in a small German village.

More on this gross story can be found in the following BBC report.

The interesting part about all of this is the psycologist's explanation of the perpetrator and victim's state of mind. Apparently the cannibal was lonely and by eating his victim, is always close to that person. The victim felt weak, and by being eaten, felt wanted.

Man, more than anything this illustrates (albeit the most unbelievably extreme example) the importance of a healthy self image. Every unhealthy relationship and sexual deviation is based on fulfilling a personal need rather than being a celebration of the other.

Armin Meiwes was convicted of killing Bernd-Jurgen Brandes. However because it was consensual, he was sentenced to only 8 years. He will likely be released in 4 years.

Who knows what is next on the SABC3 late night slot!


LiVEwiRe said...

Ah yes, the cannibal with a conscience. Even with consent, it's sick. Just that they can justify it to themselves is sick. Besides, what sort of condiments or wine do you serve with human? Sickos.

andrea said...

And I thought I had some weird things linked to my blog. This takes the (human-flavoured) cake! And I thought The Silenc eof the Lambs was creepy.

kyknoord said...

Spare a thought for any dinner guests he may have had during those months when he had his buddy in the freezer.

Terri said...


ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

I prefer to get my meat and Wieners at the supermarket, thank you.
It takes all kinds to make this world. I hope I never have to run into anyone this sick.

It is the question said...

Livewire: The thing about extremes is the demonstrate things gone to far. I have never really understood fetishes, or obsessive disorders. What was amazing about these two guys is where it started. For the killer, a big issue was his domineering mother.

Andrea: I thouhgt of Silence of the Lambs the whole time, and thought how they merely created the horror. They could have created the whole psychological background and made it so much more real. Maybe it would have been too real. Which is what I thought when I watched this - "Wow, this certainly shows up Silence of the Lambs as a fiction."

Kyknoord: They might have noticed - one of the things the documentary described was how the dude spent time decoratively arranging a platter around one of the corpse's feet!

Terri: Yeah!

ACP: I don't think this type is needed.