Cultural Anthropology

Who is Armin Meiwes?
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  1. Armin Meiwes is a German citizen who was arrested for murder after killing and eating a man named Bernd-Jurgen Brandes. Meiwes took out an advertisement on a dating Web site seeking "well-built men, 18-30, who would like to be eaten by me" [source: Harper's]. He eventually received a response from Brandes, and the two men met on March 9, 2001. Meiwes removed Brandes's penis -- with Brandes's consent -- and the two men ate it. Brandes soon lost consciousness from blood loss, at which point Meiwes butchered his victim. Meiwes kept the man's flesh and consumed nearly 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of it over the next several months [source: Speigel]. He was later arrested and convicted of murder, though no charges were brought against him for cannibalism, because Germany has no specific law against cannibalism.

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    German cannibal Armin Meiwes in 2006 (Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)

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