A German (1961-) with real “issues”, who gained international notoriety for killing and eating a voluntary (!) victim, Bernd Jürgen Brandes–who Meiwes found on the internet–starting with Brandes’ penis (Brandes tried to eat it as well), in a bizarre case of consensual homicide. By the time Meiwes was brought in by police for questioning 10 months later, he’d consumed 20 kg of Brandes’ meat that he’d stored in a freezer.
Meiwes was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 years in prison in 2004 and would have been out in time for the London Olympics, but was re-tried and will be behind bars for life. A key legal question raised at his trial was whether he should have been convicted at all, given that Brandes was a knowing and voluntary participant to the festivities (see bottom image). The scariest is that the case outed like-minded ghouls, and various websites are frequented by fruitcakes advertising for fruitier victims willing to be killed and eaten. Meiwes believes there are 100-plus cannibals in Germany.
Synonyms Cannibal of Rotenburg, Der Metzgermeister, Internet cannibal, Master Butcher, the German Butcher