German cannibal had over 200 'applicants', court told
January 19, 2004
KASSEL, Germany — Self-confessed gay cannibal Armin Meiwes had more than 200
"applicants" expressing wishes for him to slaughter and devour
them, a court in Germany heard Friday.
Taking the witness stand in the precedent-setting murder case in
Kassel, Hesse state police inspector Wolfgang Buch said Meiwes'
computer files showed he had received Internet offers from 204 men
in Germany, Britain and elsewhere.
Meiwes has admitted killing and partially eating one Berlin man
he met via the Internet, but has steadfastly insisted he killed no
However Buch told the court it is entirely possible that others
may also have been his victims, despite the fact that investigators
have unearthed no physical evidence that more than one person was
"It is at this point in time impossible to say whether others
among these 204 persons might also have been homicide victims,"
Buch told the court.
In other testimony, the father of the sole known victim
testified before the court Friday that his son had displayed no
suicidal tendencies prior to his disappearance in March 2001.
Because Germany has no law against cannibalism, Meiwes is
charged with murder "for sexual satisfaction" and "disturbing the
peace of the dead" in the death of Brandes.
His defence is pressing for a lesser charge of "killing on
demand" which carries a maximum five-year jail sentence and is
normally applied in cases of "mercy killing". Meiwes contends his
victim had wanted to be killed and was aware of his fate.
But Brandes' father, taking the witness stand Friday, said his
won had never shown any signs of depression.
That supported earlier testimony by Brandes' last male lover as
saying Brandes was cheerful and showed no signs of depression ahead
of his fateful encounter with Meiwes on March 8, 2001.
"Bernd-Juergen had absolutely no suicidal thoughts and had no
crises or major problems of any kind," testified the witness, who
added that he and Brandes were making plans for their summer
holidays when he suddenly vanished in March.
Meiwes was tracked down and arrested in December 2002 after
police became aware of an advertisement he had placed on the
Internet looking for volunteers willing to be killed and eaten.
Thousands of pornographic pictures depicting acts of violence
and torture were also found at the house near the town of
Rotenburg, south of Kassel.
The trial continues. Sentencing is expected on January 30. –Sapa-dpa
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