Evidence of 'cannibalism' in German murder, say prosecutors

Elias Hubbard
November 22, 2020

German prosecutors say the killing of a 44-year-old man in Berlin earlier this month has evidence of humanitarianism.

The man was detained at his home close to the site where the 44-year-old victim's bones were found earlier this month on the northern edge of the capital.

44-year-old Stefan T. disappeared with a trace in early September after leaving his apartment at the midnight in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin.

The bones were found by people walking their dog and at the time, a Berlin Police media release said.

Germany's Bild said investigators found a sack truck and a medical bone saw in the suspect's home.

Traces of the alleged victim's blood were also found at the apartment after forensic tests, according to the Berliner Morgenpost, leading to Stefan R's arrest.

The case immediately hearkened back to two similar killings in Germany in recent years, both involving victims who had agreed to let their killers eat them, according to Deutsche Welle.

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism".

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism", Berlin prosecutors' office spokesman Martin Steltner told The AP. "He searched online for the subject". There was no evidence that he ate any part of his victim.

He was found to have met his victim in an internet chatroom for people interested in cannibalism.

Police did not name the suspect, but Bild daily identified him as Stefan R., a high school maths and chemistry teacher.

"A 41-year-old suspect was arrested yesterday and will be brought before the magistrate today", Berlin police tweeted on Thursday, initially saying he was suspected of manslaughter.

Trogisch, an electrical mechanic, had not told his flatmates where he was going when he left his East Berlin flat on September 5. Der Spiegel reports that he met the suspect on a gay dating website.

But Steltner said Friday that this case is different in that there are "no indications that the victim consented in any way".

He is now serving a life sentence. The suspect was quoted as claiming he wanted to make soap.

The court in Frankfurt said Meiwes was psychologically ill but fully aware of his actions.

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