German internet cannibal begins murder trial
Staff and agencies
Wednesday December 3, 2003
Armin Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer technician, admits stabbing Bernd-Jurgen Brandes, 43, to death and partially eating him at his home in Rothenburg, Germany.
Meiwes is alleged to have advertised on the internet for a well-built male prepared to be slaughtered and then consumed.
He told a German newspaper that Brandes answered the advert and went voluntarily to Meiwes' home, where he agreed to let Meiwes cut his penis off. Meiwes then cooked it and served it up for them to eat together.
He says he then stabbed Brandes through the neck, chopped his body into pieces, deep-froze parts of it and buried the rest. He captured the whole process on a videotape that is forming a key part of the prosecution's evidence.
Dressed in a dark suit, Meiwes appeared relaxed as he sat down next to his lawyer at the Kassel state court today.
The world's media have gathered in the central German town for the country's first cannibalism trial - though it has no law against eating human flesh.
Police arrested Meiwes in December last year after a student in Austria reported seeing the advertisement he had placed on the internet seeking a man willing to be killed and eaten.
His trial is scheduled to hear 38 witnesses. A verdict is expected in February.
about the new job (highlights)
-Roughly, I play the character madonna plays on Will and Grace, when she's the office manager for an 80's music soundtrack company. If Dan and Aratee come in late, I look at them, and they just KNOW. Except my company is a Crisis management PR firm and there is NO Pat Bennetar, no matter how much I ask.
-the above was the gayest dash-line I ever did write.
- apparently Im helping with a 1200 person christmas party. For a firm of like, 10. its all planned, but ig et rsvp detail. NO thank you.
- I signed a confidentiality agreement cause they deal with walmart. like a lot a lot.
-old roomate dan interns here as well, so its fun/not horribly eye gouging
-the president needs constant attention and mothering. Just found out that's my job, so... ok.
-I'm going to Arlington race track a lot? is that a highlight or just a nuissance? I'm not sure.
But most importantly, i'm jobbed up in the city with a tad bit of security.
also, I gmail chat all day long. CHAT WITH ME. firstname.lastname@example.org. Tre Fun.