Case 205

Bernd Brandes

*** Content Warning: cannibalism, mental illness, torture, suicide ***

On March 9 2001, 43-year-old computer engineer Bernd Brandes disappeared from his home in Berlin, Germany. Although his absence was extremely out of character, investigations into his whereabouts proved unsuccessful. 

Eighteen months later, a curious medical student began searching online forums and came across some disturbing interactions. After alerting authorities, the tale that emerged was almost too unbelievable to be true. It involved a historical manor house, a torture room, cannibalism, and a German man named Armin Meiwes.



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Rammstein – Mein Teil (English Translation)



Cannibal on trial for murder – Evening Standard

Alleged cannibal says victim wanted to be killed and eaten – Washington Post

Victim’s consent eases sentence for cannibal – New York Times

Caught in web of cannibalism – Daily News

German court sentence cannibal to life in jail – NBC News

Cannibalism case is hardly the first in Germany Miami Herald

Rammstein Blitz Akron Beacon Journal

Germans get a look at the dark side of cyberspace – Los Angeles Times

Dentists and teachers part of vast cannibal scene, court told – The Guardian

Cannibalism trial rivets Germans New York Times

Cannibal to serve 8 ½ years in prison – Associated Press

The sick hatred that turned a mother’s boy into a cannibal – Evening Standard

Cannibal denies sexual motive – The Independent

Self-confessed cannibal ruled sane by psychiatrist – The Guardian

Accused cannibal spills details of global man-eating network – The London Times

Cannibal’s victim was obsessed with sexual mutilation – The Independent

Cannibal blocks film ‘about him’ – The Independent

Germany’s ban on movie lifted – Associated Press

Cannibal of Rotenburg given life term at retrial – The London Times

‘Friendly and polite’ German cannibal who ate a man he met online has been allowed out of prison on day trips while wearing a disguise, police reveal – Daily Mail

A macabre task to discover if ‘cannibal cop’ ate his victim – The Independent

German policeman convicted of killing man from cannibal website – The Guardian



Armin Meiwes – Interview With A Cannibal



Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretl – Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm

Cannibal – Lois Jones

Interview With A Cannibal – Günter Stampf



Eat What You Kill: or, a strange and gothic tale of cannibalism by consent – Charles J. Reid Jr – North Carolina Journal of International Law

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