8 Shocking Real-Life Cases of Cannibalism

Dubbed “America’s favorite fictional cannibal,” Hannibal Lecter’s flesh eating ways have been replicated one too many times, making headlines and perhaps sparking a chilling trend. Most recently, the incident in Miami involving a face-gnawing homeless man has led us to research other real-life cases of cannibalism. It’s hard to believe that these flesh-eating cases are indeed real, but here it is: eight unfathomable real-life cases of cannibalism that made recent headlines.

  1. Luka “Rocco” Magnotta dismemberment case

    In 2009, 29-year-old gay porn actor Luka Magnotta was accused of murdering his lover, 33-year-old Chinese student Jun Lin, with an ice pick in Quebec, Canada. According to detectives, Magnotta posted a video of himself dismembering Lin’s corpse and eating his flesh. The video was gruesome and showed Magnotta raping Lin’s body before engaging in cannibalistic acts. Magnotta didn’t stop there — he allegedly mailed Lin’s hands and feet to Canadian government offices and two schools.

  2. Maryland college student eats heart and brain of victim

    A college student from Baltimore is accused of killing his roommate and eating part of the victim’s heart and brain after he died. Twenty-one-year-old Alexander Kinyua, a student at Morgan State University, was charged earlier in May 2012 of another attack, but the victim survived the ordeal. Now Kinyua is charged with first-degree murder of 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie. According to police, Kinyua admitted to killing his roommate by cutting him up with a knife and eating his entire heart and part of his brain. An ongoing investigation has yet to uncover Kinyua’s motives for this heinous act.

  3. Mao Sugiyama dismembers self, serves limb to restaurant guests

    Twenty-two-year-old Mao Sugiyama voluntarily dismembered his privates in order to become asexual, but he didn’t simply throw his unwanted parts away — he offered to cook and serve them to the highest paying bidders. Five guests paid about $250 each to be served portions of Sugiyama’s man-parts, which he garnished with mushrooms and parsley. Though police had been notified of the event, no crimes were committed, so there was nothing to investigate.

  4. Swedish Professor eats wife’s lips

    Another case from May 2012 involves a Swedish professor, who, in a jealous fit, cut off his wife’s lips and ate them. The report did not give the name of the associate professor at Sweden’s prestigious Karolinska Institute, but it mentioned that he was being held on suspicion of attempted murder. According to reports, he suspected that his much younger wife was having an affair and decided to punish her by permanently disfiguring her.

  5. Russian Cook turns victim’s flesh into meatballs

    August 2011, Moscow: a 21-year-old cook named Ivan L. lured his 32-year-old victim into his home town of Murmansk through internet chatting. Ivan L. admitted to officials that he wanted to sample the taste of human flesh. After stabbing his victim to death, he prepared a meal for himself, “I cut him up into pieces, put the meat in a frying pan, added tomato sauce and oil, fried it up and ate it,” he said.

  6. Britain’s “Crossbow Cannibal” case

    English Ph.D student Stephen Griffiths pled guilty in December 2010 for murdering three female prostitutes. He killed one of them with a crossbow and continued to dismember and partly eat her remains before dumping the rest of the body in a river. The criminology student told police he came up with some of his ideas from 19th-century murders he had studied. On other occasions, he would boil his victims flesh in a pot or consume them raw. Police suspect Griffith to be a long-term serial killer; he pleaded guilty to the murders of three prostitutes in an 11-month period ending in May 2010.

  7. Brazilian cannibals eat human-flesh empanadas

    A recent case in April 2012 involved three Brazilian cannibals who cooked their victims’ flesh into empanadas. Jorge Negromonte, his wife, Isabel Pires, and his mistress, Bruna da Silva, were charged of murdering women who were lured into their home with the promise of work as nannies. They sold the flesh pastries to neighbors in Pernambuco. Two bodies were uncovered in the garden of a home belonging to a sect that preached “the purification of the world and reduction of its population.”

  8. Vince Wieguang decapitates fellow bus passenger, eats flesh

    Recently testifying that he believed he was killing an alien, bus driver Vince Weiguang Li stabbed his bus passenger, 22 year-old Tim Mclean, in 2008 after hearing voices in his head. Mr. Li was found to not be criminally responsible for the murder after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. The attack occurred on an inter-city Greyhound bus about 40 miles west of Winnipeg, Manitoba. After stabbing Tim Mclean, Wieguang decapitated his body, stood up displaying the severed head, and went to the back of the bus to sever other body parts while eating some flesh. Police apprehended Wieguang after a three-hour stand-off as he tried to flee.