This news has been spreading across the globe for the past two weeks now, but some of you might not of heard about this complex dilemma. In Kassel, Germany, a German computer expert confessed to killing a man and eating the flesh of an Internet acquaintance, but here’s the kicker, the man he ate requested to be eaten. Craziest part is, the whole things on tape. The problem is there is no law against cannibalism in Germany, so the process is becoming a little sensitive. Read on for more on the man who received over 300 responses from people willing to donate their body for food!
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CNN writes, “Armin Meiwes, 42, told the state court in the central city of Kassel that he looked for willing victims through Internet ads and chat rooms after the March 2001 killing of 43-year-old engineer Bernd Juergen Brandes at his home.
He testified that he had e-mail contact with a person using the pseudonym “Albineu” who had volunteered to be killed.
Meiwes went on trial last Wednesday, offering a detailed confession. His victim, he testified, said he wanted to be stabbed to death after drinking a bottle of cold medicine to lose consciousness.
The defendant has said he stabbed Brandes the next morning, believing he was already dead, and recorded his act on a videotape.
He said Monday he had been “disappointed” in some aspects, telling the court that “Bernd was not 36, as he claimed” and hadn’t wanted to spend more time getting to know him.
After Meiwes finished testifying, the five-judge panel shut the public out of the courtroom as it viewed excerpts from the tape.
Prosecutors say the killing was sexually motivated and filed murder charges, despite concluding that the killing had the victim’s consent. Meiwes could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Meiwes’ attorney argues that the slaying was instead a form of mercy killing — which would carry a maximum five-year sentence. A verdict is expected in February.
Police tracked down and arrested Meiwes last December after a student in Austria alerted them to an advertisement Meiwes had placed on the Internet seeking a man willing to be killed and eaten.”