German cannibal victim offered money for penis bite
January 13, 2004
KASSEL, Germany — A Berlin engineer eaten by a man he met on the Internet once offered to pay someone to bite off his penis, a German court trying his killer for murder heard Monday.
Undated police handout picture of Bernd Juergen Brandes, a 42-year-old man who is believed to have been murdered in 2000 by a man in front of a camera, cut in pieces and eaten (AFP)
A former sexual partner of the dead man, Bernd-Juergen Brandes, said he was offered up to 5,000 German marks (2,000 euros, 2,600 dollars) to bite off the man's penis.
However, another gay former lover of Brandes said he had never expressed a death wish or any desire for pain, adding: "We were happy together."
The mixed testimony came at the murder trial in Kassel, central
Germany, of Armin Meiwes, a 42-year-old who admits killing, carving
up and eating Brandes in March 2001 but denies murder.
Meiwes insists Brandes wanted to be consumed and that he allowed
his penis to be cut off, which they fried with the intention of
But the former lover said he and Brandes, who had been a couple
since 1999, were happy and had made holiday plans together.
The 27-year-old told the court his partner had showed no sign of
depression or suicidal tendencies and did not appear to have any
The witness, who said his last memory was of Brandes sleeping in
bed, said he was a quiet type who had not expressed any masochistic
or death wish.
He said he still could not fathom the reason behind the
43-year-old's death but that Meiwes had since written to him
apologising for his actions.
In separate testimony, an ex-girlfriend depicted Brandes as "an
easygoing, domestic type."
Prosecutors acknowledge Brandes appeared to have been an
accomplice in his own death and consumption, all of which was
videotaped by Meiwes, but say the accused is still guilty of
Another witness, a former schoolfriend of the accused, said
Meiwes' mother was a domineering figure who hectored him and called
him 'Minchen', which is a word that derives from the old German for
He said a drunk Meiwes had once admitted Internet contact with
another man "who is always asking me whether he is ripe for
That was a year after the death of Brandes. The witness said
Meiwes, after he had sobered up, asked him to forget the
Investigators have searched Meiwes' computer and his Internet
contacts but have so far found no trace that he was involved in any
He faces life in prison if convicted of murder but only up to
five years if found guilty of the lesser charge of "killing on
demand" that his lawyers are pushing for.
Cannibalism is technically not a crime in Germany. –Sapa-AFP
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