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German cannibal: Eating another gay man was a “perfect inner connection”

Cannibal Armin Meiwes describes the moment he tasted the flesh of Bernd Brandes.

Armin Meiwes, Credit: BTVDcocs / YouTube
Armin Meiwes, Credit: BTVDcocs / YouTube

“The first bite was, of course, very strange. It was a feeling I can’t really describe. I’d spent over 40 years longing for it, dreaming about it. And now I was getting the feeling that I was actually achieving this perfect inner connection through his flesh. The flesh tastes like pork but stronger.”

Armin Meiwes, describing the moment he tasted the flesh of Bernd Brandes, who had consented to being eaten by Meiwes.

In Docs: Interview with a Cannibal, Meiwes — who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006 — recounts his experience of killing and eating Brandes in his farmhouse in 2002. The pair met online, after Brandes placed an ad on the internet titled “Dinner – or your dinner” with the chance to “eat [him] alive.”

“He wanted to sacrifice himself,” said Meiwes.

Brandes and Meiwes spoke online before finally meeting. After having sex in Meiwes farmhouse, Brandes swallowed 20 sleeping pills and half a bottle of schnapps. Meiwes, “with [Brandes’] agreement,” sliced off Brandes’ penis, cut it in half, fried it and the two ate it.

Brandes was then helped into a bath, where he remained until Meiwes stabbed him in the neck early in the morning. He dismembered Brandes, putting body parts in the freezer and burying his head in the garden, according to The Independent.

“I decorated the table with nice candles,” Meiwes said. “I took out my best dinner service, and fried a piece of rump steak – a piece from his back – made what I call princess potatoes, and sprouts. After I prepared my meal, I ate it.”

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