The eating of human flesh by a fellow human is utterly repulsive and abhorrent to most of us. Yet the practice was widespread all over the world
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The eating of human flesh by a fellow human is utterly repulsive and abhorrent to most of us. Yet the practice was widespread all over the world in prehistoric times. Chillingly, there are some among us who still do it today – and their depraved thirst for human flesh is so strong they resort to slaughtering others to satisfy it. Included in this gruesome book is the shocking case of Armin Meiwes, who advertised on websites for ‘young, well-built men aged 18-30 to slaughter’. Amazingly, he got a taker: one Bernd-Jurgen Brandes. Meiwes told investigators that he took Brandes back to his home, where his new friend agreed to have his penis cut off. Meiwes flambÈed the organ for the pair of them. Meiwes said he then killed Brandes with his consent and went onto eat 44 pounds of his flesh. Cannibals covers many grotesque and stomach-churning cases of contemporary cannibalism, revealing outwardly normal people who have murdered and eaten their own kind. The terrifying truth is cannibals aren’t just found in far-flung islands, they inhabit our cities and suburbs. Literally anyone – even you – could be on the menu tonight.