First kiddie porn now this . . .
THE GUARDIAN , LONDON
Jan 07, 2004
. . .New evidence in the trial of Meiwes, 42, accused of killing and eating a man he met on the Internet, shed light on a global network that links maneaters from Austria to America, the police told the court.
. . . Meiwes was arrested after killing and eating Bernd-Jurgen Brandes in 2001, who the defence claim went willingly to his death. The two men met on the Internet after Meiwes advertised for a “young well-built man who wants to be eaten.”
. . . Meiwes estimates that there are at least 800 active participants in cannibal forums, and says he was in contact with at least 400 of them. Experts say the real number is probably much higher.
“There are several hundred people with cannibalistic tendencies in Germany alone, and many thousands around the world,” said Rudolf Egg, a criminologist in the German central criminal service.
. . . The police said that Meiwes’ willing cooperation had helped shed light on the murky world of online cannibals, and his case was not an isolated one.
. . . “Cannibalism has always been around, but the Internet reinforces the phenomenon. You can be in contact with the whole world and do this anonymously. Many people have these fantasies, but few act on them.” For serious cannibals, this can be frustrating.