Albert Fish: "We had lunch. Grace sat on my lap and kissed me. I took her to an empty house in Westchester I had already picked out. When we got there, I told her to remain outside. She picked wildflowers. I went upstairs and stripped all my clothes off. I knew if I did not, I would get her blood on them. When all was ready I went to the window and called her. Then I hid in the closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down the stairs. I grabbed her, and she said she would tell her mama. First I striped her naked. How she did kick, bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her into small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms, cook and eat it. How sweet and tender her little ass was roasted in the oven. It took me nine days to eat her entire body. I did not fuck her, though I could have, had I wished. She died a virgin."
"I always had a desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me. I always seemed to enjoy everything that hurts. The desire to inflict pain, that is all that is uppermost... What a thrill that will be if I have to die in the electric chair. It will be the supreme thrill. The only one I haven't tried.... I am Christ! I am Christ!"
Richard Chase: "The first person I killed was sort of an accident... The second time, the people had made a lot of money and I was jealous. I was being watched, and I shot this lady --got some blood out of it. I went to another house, walked in, a whole family was there. I shot the whole family. Somebody saw me there. I saw this girl. She had called the police and they had been unable to locate me. Curt Silva's girlfriend --he was killed in a motorcycle accident, as a couple of my friend were, and I had this idea that he was killed through the syndicate, that he was in the Mafia, selling drugs. His girlfriend remembered about Curt --I was trying to get information. She said she was married to someone else and wouldn't talk to me. The whole syndicate was making money by having my mom poison me. "
Ed Kemper: "If I were seeing this patient without having any history available or without getting the history from him, I would think that we're dealing with a very well adjusted young man who had initiative, intelligence and who was free of any psychiatric illness...In effect, we are dealing with two different people when we talk of the 15 year boy who committed the murder and the 23 year old man we see before us now... It is my opinion that he has made a very excellent response to the years of treatment and rehabilitation and I would see no psychiatric reason to consider him to be of any danger to himself or to any member of society."
Jeffrey Dahmer: Found by police in Dahmer's apartment: Skulls stripped of hair and skin, stashed on the shelves and in the fridge. A pail full of hacked off hands. A torso in the kitchen sink ripped open from the neck to groin. A jar containing a pickled penis, a severed penis lying on the sink. Another severed penis in a lobster pot in the fridge. Two 50 gallon garbage cans filled with rotting torsos.
Ottis Toole: Just like that Mexican wasn't going to let me out of the house. I took an axe and chopped him all up. What made me... I've been meaning to ask you... that time when I cooked some of these people? Why'd I do that?
Henry Lucas: I think it was just the hands doing it. I know a lot of things we done, in human sight, are impossible to believe.
OT: When we took 'em out and cut 'em up... remember one time I said I wanted me some ribs? Did that make me a cannibal?
HL: You wasn't a cannibal. It's the force of the devil, something forced on us that we can't change. There's no reason denying what we become. We know what we are. Ottis, you know everything you say is going on tape here?
OT: I know... Remember how I liked to pour some blood out on them?
Ed Gein: "He stated that prior to the first grave robbing incident, he had been reading adventure stories of head hunters and cannibals. He related in detail one story of a man who had murdered a man, aquired his yacht and was later captured and killed by head hunters... When asked about the sexual aspects of this activity he commented on the great variations in age of the bodies. When it was pointed out that he was interested only in the bodies of women, he stated that the articles he read indicated that these heads were more valuable because of their longer hair."
Andrei Chikatilo: "Look at this useless thing. What do you think I could do with that?... I am not a homosexual... I have milk in my breasts; I am going to give birth!"
Nina Beletskaya: "I wanted to see this man who could rip open my son's stomach and then stuff mud in his mouth so that he would not cry out. I wanted to know what he looked like, to know which mother could bear such an animal." (For more info, see Cannibalism in the USSR)
John Haigh: "I saw before me a forest of crucifixes which gradually turned into trees. At first there appeared to be dew, or rain, dripping from the branches, but as I approached I realized it was blood. Suddenly the whole forest began to writhe and the trees, stark and erect, to ooze blood...A man went to each tree catching the blood...When the cup was full he approached me. 'Drink,' he said, but I was unable to move." (From the World Wide Serial Killer Page)
Robin Gecht: "Have you ever heard of the 'Ripper Crew murders'? Robin Gecht, Tommy Kokorolies, Andy Kokorolies, and Eddie Sprietzer made up this horrible group. They killed over 18 women. Robin Gecht was considered 'the boss'. He was the most evil out of them all. I have recently began corresponding with him. The way they killed these innocent women is unimaginable. They would abduct a female, cut off one of her breast, and would take turns having sex with the open wound. After they would take the severed breast home and each would masturbate into the fresh portion of the breast. Then they would cut the breast into little pieces and then eat it."
Peter Kurten: "After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures."
Georg Karl Grossmann: Another post-WWI-German degenerate that made a living selling human flesh. Georg, a horrifying individual, was acquainted with every kind of perversion, even bestiality. A former butcher, after nights of heavy drinking, he would bring prostitutes home, have sex with them, and hack them into pieces. The next day he would peddle their flesh as beef or pork. He was arrested in August, 1921, when his landlord summoned the police to his door following a loud altercation. Inside his pad they found a freshly butchered lass ready to be chopped up. They also found evidence of at least three other divvied up girls. The mad butcher laughed when he was given the death sentence and proceeded to hang himself in jail.
Karl Denke: A German innkeeper from Silesia with a taste for the "long pig," Denke butchered at least thirty of his lodgers and kept their pickled remains in the basement of his inn. When he was arrested in 1924 he told police that for the past three years he had eaten only human flesh.
Fritz Haarmann: Haarmann stalked the train stations of post-WWI Hannover searching for young boys. He enjoyed biting his prey to death and making sausages with their remains. Always the enterprising killer, he sold the meat and clothing of his victims in the local black markets.
Joaquim Kroll: Kroll operated in the Ruhr-area of Germany for over 20 years to the tune of 14 dead. In the mid-sixties, after his six murder, he tasted human flesh and discovered an affinity for it. On July 3, 1976, police entered his apartment and found plastic bags full of human flesh in the refrigerator as well as a stew simmering on the stove with carrots, potatoes, and the hand of a missing four-year-old girl.
Stanley Dean Baker: When Stanley Dean Baker was stopped in Monterey County, California, for possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident, he shocked the arresting officer when he uttered the highly unusual phrase: "I have a problem, I'm a cannibal." To prove his point he pulled out of his pocket a handful of human fingers. The fingers, which Baker had been snacking on, belonged to the hand of a missing 22-year-old social worker named James Schlosser.
Baker -- not a shy cannibal -- boasted to police about eating Schlosser's heart raw, and claimed to have developed a taste for human flesh while undergoing electroshock therapy for a nervous disorder. A prototypical hippie Satanist, Baker is one of the growing number of modern cannibals currently making headlines worldwide.
Issei Sagawa: While taking classes at the famed Sorbonne, Issei Sagawa, the son of a wealthy Tokyo industrialist, invited fellow student Renee Hartevelt to his apartment to discuss literature. Once the unsuspecting "dinner guest" arrived, the slightly-built Sagawa shot her in the back of the neck, had sex with her corpse, and started nibbling on her nose and part of a breast. "It had no smell or taste, and melted in my mouth like raw tuna," he wrote in In the Fog, his post-cannibal best-selling account of his dinner with Renee. "Finally I was eating a beautiful white woman, and thought nothing was so delicious!"
In custody Sagawa was found incompetent to stand trial and placed in the Paul Guiraud asylum in Paris. Through family connections he was transferred to a hospital in Tokyo. And within fifteen months of hospitalization his influential father secured his release. By then, Sagawa had become a national celebrity, an accomplished author, and his "Parisian affair" was parodied in the song "Too Much Blood" by the Rolling Stones.
Daniel Rakowitz: In 1989 Daniel Rakowitz cannibalized his girlfriend, Monica Beerle, after accidentally killing her during a sadistic beating in her apartment in New York's Lower East Side. "I killed her and boiled her head," he told a friend, "Then I made soup out of her brains. It tasted pretty good." A small-time drug dealer and devil-worshipper, Rakowitz enjoyed his cannibalistic trangression so much that he scrawled on the door of his apartment, Is it soup yet? Welcome to Charlie Gein's Ranch East... Home of the Fine Young Cannibals.
Gary Heidnik: Gary Heidnik's cannibalism grew out of his abusive relationship to women and his willingness to break all taboos. Heidnik, Philadelphia's most dysfunctional citizen, amassed a small fortune playing the stock market while running his own church and gathering a harem of sex slaves whom he fed dog food and kept chained to water pipes in the basement of his home. When two of the slaves died, Gary, the resourceful type, dismembered and cannibalized them. In an inspired twist of cruelty, he also chopped up pieces of their flesh, mixed it with dog food and fed it to his other captives.
Dale Merle Nelson: A sexually dysfunctional lumberjack, Dale fought his impotence with violence and liquor. On September 5, 1970, tanked up with booze and hatred, he drove to his wife's relatives' house where he killed a women and her seven-year-old daughter. Feeling a bit hungry, he slit the young girl's gut and munched on the half-digested food in her entrails. He then went to a neighbor's house and killed all six inside, sodomizing an eight-year-old girl as she died. Feeling hungry again, he returned to the first house and stole the corpse he previously had for dinner.
Marcelo Costa de Andrade: Over a nine-month period Marcelo tallied 14 dead in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. His victims of choice were poor street urchins whom he attracted to deserted areas, raped and strangled. He also practiced necrophilia, decapitated one of the boys, crushed the head of another, and, in two occasions, drank their blood. Later he confessed his vampiric thirst was merely "to become as beautiful as them."
Arthur Shawcross: 'They would wire up little kids or babies like land mines and put them where we would pick them up. Once you touched a baby, it would blow you to pieces. Fingers and teeth everywhere. I remember one time in Pleiku, a small little girl about six walked into a bunch of GI's and exploded. Another time there was this fat little girl sitting on a pile of dirt and was not moving; crying yes, but not moving. We did not get too close, but we walked around her. Good thing, too, she had a wire around her waist going down the crack of her ass into the ground. We had a jeep with us. Put a loop under her arms and a good hundred feet of rope between her and the jeep. That jeep took off and that girl came off that pile in two ways, pulled and pushed. She left a thirty foot crater and lost a foot also. When the GI's saw abandoned babies they often didn't ask questions. They just gave them a wide berth and blew them up. One time I ate part of one. That scared the mam-sans all to hell...'
Cannibalism in Sebastopol: "These were people who cut up and ate corpses, who killed their own children and ate them, I saw one. She had been brought to the district centre under convoy. Her face was human but her eyes were those of a wolf."
Cannibalism in North Korea: On October 7, 1997, ABC News reported that starving North Koreans are now resorting to cannibalism for sustenance. "People are going insane with hunger. They even kill and eat their own infants," said a North Korean military officer who fled to China with his family. Another North Korean who got out said that in his home city of Wonson a husband and wife were executed in May for murdering 50 children and storing their salted flesh in a hut.
New reports of cannibalism in North Korea have surfaced in a TV documentary about the 200,000 orphans being raised by this Communist state. Carla Garapedian, producer of Children of the Secret State, a BBC-Channel 4 co-production, said that her interviews with refugees escaping North Korea revealed, "acts of unspeakable barbarism not seen since Pol Pot's Cambodia". In an article for the Japanese Daily Yomiuri newspaper she writes: "(The) footage is shocking. Starving children abandoned by the state. Orphans thrown into state asylums and left to die." According to the filmmaker farmers have been ordered by the government stop growing food and grow opium. "The opium would then be processed by the state into heroin and then sold abroad. The proceeds would go to arm the military."
In her article the documentarian describes the drawings of 15-year-old Jang Gil-su, who with his family fled North Korea and is now living in China. The pictures, given to Garapedian by a refugee support group in Seoul, depict families eating pine bark, rats, snakes and anything else to stay alive. "All of the North Koreans we interviewed knew about it. Jang's picture of a dismembered child in a cooking pot says more than any of the numbing statistics," Garapedian wrote.
Indonesian Cannibalism: The London-based Independent newspaper reported that up to 4 000 people -- not 300 as reported by the government -- died in riots in January and February of this year in the remote Indonesian province of West Kalimantan on Borneo island. Many of the dead were decapitated or had their hearts torn out. Richard Lloyd Parry, a reporter for the Independent, said he had obtained evidence of "an ethnic war of scarcely imaginable savagery, fought according to ancient principles of black magic."
Muslim settlers from the island of Madura have repeatedly clashed over land and jobs with the local tribesmen, the Dayaks, who once were headhunters but have now been converted to Christianity. Witnesses described seeing thousands of Dayaks, wearing war-paint, shooting Madurese with homemade shotguns, cutting off their heads, drinking their blood and removing and eating their hearts.
Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev - Possibly Russia's most industrious cannibal, Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev has claimed to have killed between seven to 100 women, and served many of them to his dinner guests. Nikolai used at least 47 of his victims to make ethnic dishes for his neighbors in the Russian republic of Kyargyzstan. When arrested, Nikolai pointed out that two women could provide enough delicate meat to keep him going for a week.
Jean-Bedel Bokassa: On November 3, 1996, Jean-Bedel Bokassa -- a.k.a. the "Ogre of Berengo" -- died of a heart attack in the villa where he had lived since his release from prison three years ago. A self-proclaimed emperor and president-for-life of Central Africa, Bokassa was twice condemmed to death for the massacre of 100 children, some of which, reportedly, he ate. In 1979, although having fathered 50 children with his 15 wives, The children were slaughtered in a Bangui prison for protesting against the cost of school uniforms.
Being a former leader, his two death sentences were commuted to 20 years in prison by President Andre Kolingba. After being release from prison, Bokassa settled in a villa in Bangui, the capital of Central Africa. According to his son, the former cannibal remained lucid to the very end. Ironically, the same radio station that condemmed and vilified his actions ten years before, now described him as an "illustrious" national heroe. Bokassa left behind 15 wives and more than 50 children.
Clifford Orji & Tahiru - Two suspected Nigerian cannibals were arrested under a bridge in Lagos after residents heard the cries of a woman one of them he was about to kill. Remains of roasted human parts were recovered in their shack under under a bridge in Lagos. "Some of the limbs and feet on the man's grill are believed to be those of a young woman, going by the size of the feet and the long black permed hair," the Guardian newspaper reported, "The rest of the body ... was said to have been eaten up before the arrest." The bizarre incident sent shockwaves through Lagos, causing a massive traffic jam as thousands of spectators massed around the area to catch a glimpse of the cannibal hut.
The suspects were identified as Clifford Orji and Tahiru. The cannibal duo, who appear to be mildly retarded, allegedly dug holes on the ground for unwary passers-by to fall into, before killing them and roasting their bodies. They allegedly preferred attacking women, especially "young, fine girls with long hairs... We wanted to stop women from wearing wigs."
Orji, who is the more vocal of the duo, claimed to have come "from America." He confessed that they enjoyed raping their victims before munching on their flesh. Orji said he usually went out to hunt for their victims, while Tahiru acted as the butcher.
The demented killer added: " I just look unto the forehead of any woman, blow the air from my mouth as directed by the spirit, then, the woman will follow me. When I get to the underbridge, I will have sexual affair with her to a state of unconsciousness before we slaughter her and roast. I am not alone, I have between four to 10 people. They take their own parts and go while I wait again for another meat." It is unclear how many victims the serial cannibal-couple killed and ate. Neighbors said the two killers lived under the brigde of the Airport Road for years and were suspected of murdering people to sell their body parts for rituals.
Ssande Sserwadda - "I'm proud to be a cannibal. My brother is a cannibal, and my father is a cannibal. His father was a cannibal as was his father's father," Ssande Sserwadda told Chief Magistrate Isaac Muwata in a packed court in Luweero. "We are a family of cannibals, we always have been, and I feel queasy if I go too long without tasting human meat. But just because we like to eat human flesh, does that mean we're bad people?"
Sserwadda, a twenty-three-year-old factory worker from Luganda, was defending himself after being arrested for trespassing on a burial site, contrary to section 114 of the Ugandan Penal Code Act. "None of us has ever killed anybody, that would be immoral. But we like our human flesh, and we don't see anything wrong in digging up corpses and eating them, after they've been buried. We don't like to see the meat going to waste. And we always wait at least a week after the funeral, out of respect to the relatives, and also because the meat tastes much better once it's matured. I have personally eaten parts of seven corpses in the past year, but my brother is the really greedy one. He's eaten dozens."
After Sserwadda had been convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment, he stunned prison warders by asking if he could take with him the human leg bone which had earlier been shown in court as an exhibit. "It's still got plenty of meat on it. It's a shame to let it go to waste." He picked his teeth at the judge and jury as he was escorted from the court. (The New Vision (Uganda), 3/2/01. Spotter: Dr Peter Fellows)
David Harker - On February, 1999, cannibal killer David Harker admitted to manslaughter in the death of 32-year-old Julie Paterson, on grounds of diminished responsibility. Prosecutor Paul Worsley told Teesside Crown Court in northeast England that Harker confided to a psychiatrist that he chopped up his victim and ate part of her body with pasta and cheese. Harker, 24, who has the words "Subhuman" and "Disorder" tattooed on his scalp, claimed he strangled mother-of-four Julie Paterson with her tights after he "got bored" during a sex session. He told psychiatrists he then had sex with her before chopping off her head and limbs, slicing flesh from her thigh, skinning it and cooking it.
Possible Cambodian Cannibal Killer - Police in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, said they suspect that a young woman may have been killed by a cannibal and made into soup. Scavengers at a dump found a pair of feet and some bones wrapped in plastic while picking through rubbish. Police said they found a lung, some hair, two feet, a leg bone and three ribs. The bones had knife marks on them. "If it was just a killing why do they need to cut the flesh from the body," said senior criminal investigator, Ek Kreth. "We're investigating the possibility she might have been killed for making soup," Ek Kreth added. He did not elaborate.
Nicolas Claux - Dubbed the "Vampire of Paris" by the French press, this 22-year-old mortician was arrested in the summer of 1994 after a series of random homophobic .22 caliber shootings. In custody, Claux confessed to one murder, claiming to be a practicing satanist. A search of his apartement turned up unidentified skeletal remains, blood bags stolen from a hospital's blood bank, funeral jars filled with human ashes, and hundreds of hardcore S/M videotapes.
Described by court psychatrists as being a "nearly psychotic sadist", Nico shocked investigators when he described how he enjoyed eating strips of muscles from the corpse lying on the slab of the St. Joseph hospital mortuary. He also described how he enjoyed prowling Parisian cemetaries, digging up fresh graves, and drinking human blood mixed with human ashes and powder protein.
Due to the lack of evidence connecting him to the other crimes, Nico was only charged with one count of premeditated murder and six counts of grave robberies. During his trial, psychatrists confirmed that he couldn't be held entirely responsible for his crimes. In may 1997, he unrepentant necrophilic cannibal was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 12 years of prison. He will be eligible for parole in late 2000.
Dorangel Vargas - In a country with hardly any serial killer history, the self-confessed cannibal Dorangel Vargas has become a Venezuelan media darling. Dubbed the "Hannibal Lecter of the Andes" by the local press, Vargas claims to have eaten up to 10 men in the last two years. He was arrested on February, 1999, in the city of San Cristobal, near to the Colombian border.
"Sure I eat people," the candid cannibal told reporters. "Anyone can eat human flesh, but you have to wash and garnish it well to avoid diseases... I only eat the parts with muscles, particularly thighs and calves which are my favorite ... I make a very tasty stew with the tongue and I use the eyes to make a nutritious and healthy soup." Vargas said he prefers the taste of men to women and will not eat hands, feet or testicles, "although I've been on the point of trying them on various occasions." He said he rejected overweight men because they had too much cholesterol, and the elderly were spared because their flesh "is contaminated and very tough."
However, notwithstanding the large amount of bones found buried around his shack, many doubt the veracity of his story. Press reports claim that he preyed on homeless men and laborers whom he clubbed to death with a metal tube, but Vargas said he was "given" the bodies by various people, including the police. Some locals speculate that Vargas may be being used as a scapegoat for a ring of human organ traffickers. Congress said it planned to investigate reports that Vargas is a former mental hospital patient who was arrested on similar charges four years ago but released shortly afterward.
Marc V. Sappington - A man in Kansas City was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in a case that investigators said involved "deviant cannibalistic tendencies." Marc V. Sappington, 21, was charged with killing three men since April 7. He was being held on $2 million bond. Kansas City, Kan., Police Lt. Vince Davenport, commander of the homicide division, said evidence indicated cannibalism was the motivation. Police also said Sappington had a fascination with Jeffrey Dahmer.
Sappington was taken into custody April 12 for questioning in the death of 16-year-old Alton "Fred" Brown, whose dismembered body was found in Sappington's basement. Brown's body was found two days before after a resident of the home noticed blood on the basement stairs and called police. Authorities said Brown had been shot to death, with limbs severed. Sappington also was charged with the murders of Terry Green, 25, and Michael Weaver, 22.
Kevin Artz - A Jackson man was been charged with murdering his wife, then cutting her up and cooking her. After 12 years of marriage Kevin Artz said he looked at his wife Patricia and saw the devil staring back. In July of 1999Artz allegedly struck his wife with a metal pipe, dismembered her body and cooked it for two days at their family restaurant. Police arrested Artz while he was putting a box that contained the severed head of his wife on a nearby porch. Several weeks prior to the alleged murder Artz underwent brain surgery to remove a large blood clot.
Even though he has been found competent to stand trial, several defense experts are now in the process of testifying that the operation caused him to go insane. Some of Artz' neighbors said this was the only explanation they could accept. "The cops were never called there," said Rose Hubbell. "We never heard of any domestic violence or repeated police scenes there at all." Neighbors said they are grateful that the restaurant has now been transformed into an entirely different kind of business.
Cannibalism in Congo In January 2003 a U.N. team was dispatched to Congo to investigate reports that rebel troops from the Congolese Liberation Movement and its allied Congolese Rally for Democracy-National have been killing and eating Pygmies in the northeastern province of Ituri. "The U.N. is taking these accusations very seriously," said Manodje Mounoubai of the U.N. mission in Congo. The six-person team has been in the province of Ituri looking into the accusations. The two rebel factions often hire Pygmies to hunt food for them in the forests as they fight to oust the rival rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy-Liberation from mineral-rich areas of Ituri province, a U.N. official said. If the expert hunters return empty-handed, rebel troops kill and eat them, the official said.
Speaking by telephone from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, Mounoubai declined to give further information until investigators leave the area.
Other U.N. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said investigators have established that the charges are credible. The Program for Aid to Pygmies in Beni, a Congolese advocacy group, called for help for the Pygmies, who it said were threatened with extinction. "It is unacceptable that the international community focuses on protecting endangered animals like the okapi, the mountain gorilla and the rhinoceros and pays no attention to the fate of human beings like ... the Pygmies, who are nevertheless every bit as much in danger of extinction," the group said.