A notorious German cannibal has described in detail how he killed and ate his gay lover ‘with his permission’. Armin Meiwes became one of the most infamous cannibals in history after killing and consuming 43-year-old computer technician Bernd Brandes in 2001. The pair met after Brandes posted an advert online entitled ‘Dinner – or your dinner’ and offering ‘the chance to eat me alive’. Meiwes, 42, from Rotenburg, has given horrific insight into the killing which stunned the country.
“I decorated the table with nice candles,’ he said. ‘I took out my best dinner service, and fried and piece of rump steak – a piece from his back – made what I call princess potatoes, and sprouts,’ he said, in an unprecedented interview for new documentary ‘Docs: Interview with a Cannibal’.
“After I prepared my meal, I ate it.
‘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.”
Meiwes became the first person in Germany to be charged with murder for sexual satisfaction, or ‘love cannibalism’. After the pair met they went to Meiwes isolated farmhouse, where they had sex. But, according to Meiwes, Brandes was not satisfied because ‘he wanted to be eaten alive’. Brandes then swallowed 20 sleeping tablets with half a bottle of schnapps before Meiwes cut off his penis ‘with his agreement’, and fried it for them both to eat. Meiwes later ran a bath for Brandes, and read a Star Trek novel while checking on him every 15 minutes. He eventually killed Brandes in the early hours of the morning, by stabbing him in the neck and then chopping him into pieces. He put parts of him in the freezer, and buried his head in his garden. Meiwes filmed much of the gruesome killing, and 19 minutes of the four-hour video were later shown during his trial.
Meiwes blames his father for his behaviour, after he abandoned his family when he was just five years old. He was left as the only ‘man of the house’ when both of his older brothers also left. It was only after the death of his mother that Meiwes stumbled across the world of cannibalism online, where he discovered chatrooms of people offering themselves to be eaten. He was arrested in December 2002, after police were tipped off by a young Austrian student.
Police visited his isolated farmhouse, and discovered meat that he claimed was wild pig in a freezer, which had a false bottom. At his trial, several men who harboured fantasies of eating human flesh testified that there was a large network of like-minded individuals who connected through cyberspace in a bid to satisfy their fantasies. Meiwes’ obsession with eating someone began as a teenager, he said during his trial. He was convicted of manslaughter on January 30 2004, and jailed for eight years. During his time in prison, Meiwes is reported to have become a vegetarian.