19 March 2011

Cannibalism in the 21st Century

Josh Kurp has an article in The Awl featuring Perro Loco, who believes that cannibalism is morally okay if all parties are consensual. In the 1990s, Loco founded the Cannibal Cafe, a website designed to connect those want to eat and those who to be eaten by other people. The site was shut down early last decade after some, um, bad public relations (see below).

This excerpt is pretty tame, but the full article has some very graphic parts. Like, very graphic. Srsly. Consider yourself warned.

But Loco's online celebrity would really spread in December 2002, when Armin Meiwes was arrested for eating a man named Bernd Jürgen Brandes.

This is what happened: A little over ten years ago, on March 9, 2001, 39-year-old Meiwes, a computer technician living in the German village of Wüstefeld, brought home, had sex with and killed 44-year-old Brandes, a Berlin man who lived about 250 miles away. Meiwes then ate 44 pounds of his flesh over a period of ten months. While that may sound like murder, there’s something else that should be mentioned: Brandes wanted it all to happen.
(via Kottke)

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