Armin Meiwes was born to a cold, tyrannical mother. His father abandoned his family when he was seven years old. Was this the beginning of Armin’s problems? Meiwes’ dreams of ingesting human flesh developed during his early adolescence.
He entered the West German army at the age of 19 but was driven out at the age of 32 and forced to return to his harsh home, where his craving only worsened. After discovering his mother’s death in 1999, he began looking for a victim who would volunteer. He made posts on cannibal websites. He advertised on Cannibal Café that he was looking for a volunteer between 18 and 29. Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes, who desired to be eaten, appeared.
On March 9, 2001, the two met at Meiwes’ home, where he had made all of the necessary preparations. They had a sexual relationship. Meiwes then gave Brandes some sleeping pills and a bottle of cough syrup to keep him from feeling any pain. Meiwes set up the camera and started filming. Brandes admitted to becoming a volunteer on tape. He was lying on a table. Brandes’ penis was then severed. Meiwes then sliced it in half and seasoned it with salt, pepper, and garlic before frying it and serving it to his victim. Meiwes had overdone it, much to the men’s dismay. It was “chewy” and unpalatable.
While Brandes was bleeding out in the bathtub, Meiwes read a Star Trek novel. Meiwes decided to finish it by cutting Brandes’ throat because it was taking too long for him to die. He then began dismembering the body in order to save everything he could. The body was hung like a deer from the ceiling. He was sliced into smaller pieces after his organs were removed. Meiwes prepared the table and fried a slice of meat from his victim’s back after the dismemberment. The meal was completed with potatoes, sprouts, and a glass of red wine.
He snacked on the volunteer for the next ten months, devouring more than 44 pounds before being caught in December 2022 after posting calls for another volunteer. An Austrian student observed the request and other posts and alerted the authorities.
On December 10, 2002, police raided his home and discovered human meat in his freezer, a skull in the garden, and a videotape depicting the murder and dissection. He confessed to his conduct, and Meiwes was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight and a half years in jail in January 2004. That caused problems for the German judicial system, which determined that cannibalism was not prohibited under German law. Meiwes was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in a retrial on May 10, 2006. He is still on the receiving end of his sentence.
Do you believe Meiwes deserves life in jail, notwithstanding the fact that Brandes volunteered?
I must warn you that this post contains actual screenshots of a human corpse being butchered. You’ve been forewarned.
One peculiarity is that cannibalism is not illegal in the United States, the United Kingdom, or many other countries. Cannibals are usually charged with murder or, at the very least, desecration of a corpse. Why do so many cannibals indulge? Many are loners, believing that by eating their victims, they will carry that person with them forever. This is sometimes associated with sexual bliss; they are known to orgasm simply by cutting into the flesh of their victims – it delights them tremendously.
My first narrative begins with a character reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Armin Meiwes’ father abandoned his family when he was eight years old. His mother was one of those dominating kinds who would openly condemn and chastise him if he went anyplace without her.
As an only child with such a mother (his two half-brothers departed when he was six), he didn’t have many acquaintances. So he made an imaginary buddy named Franky to whom he would confide his secrets, one of which being that he hoped he could eat his pals before they left him in order for them to stay with him forever.
He was left alone and with a vast country estate in Germany after his mother died in 1999. He ended up replicating his mother as a mannequin in what could only be characterized as a shrine room in that house.
He also became intrigued with internet pornography with the subject of pain and torture. In 2001, this passion led him to the forums of a website called the Cannibal Café. He posted there that he was looking for “a well-built 18- to 30-year-old to be butchered and then consumed.”
He received numerous responses, but just one was serious after confronting the knife. Bernd Jurgen Armando Brandes, 43, had put up his own ad asking to be devoured, and they met at Meiwes’ house on March 9, 2001. Brandes had written the day before, “I’ll bring myself as breakfast.”
They had sex and then drank coffee while talking about computers. Brandes decided he couldn’t do it and requested to be escorted to the train station. Yet, before boarding, he stated that he thought it would be enough if he had sleeping drugs and schnapps.