Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

German prosecutors say there's evidence of cannibalism in Berlin man's murder

Berlin police hold 'cannibal' after bones found in park German prosecutors say there's evidence of cannibalism in Berlin man's murder
Deanna Wagner | 22 November, 2020, 15:27

German police have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of cannibalism after they found a pile of bones stripped completely of flesh in a Berlin suburb.

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism".

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

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism", Berlin prosecutors' office spokesman Martin Steltner told The Associated Press. "He searched online for the topic".

German police have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of cannibalism.

Like arresting a suspect in the Berlin murder case, Mewis was quick to talk to prosecutors and share his emotional details. Proving "base motives" is necessary by German law in order to push for a fully-fledged murder conviction, a law that's a relic of the Nazi era.

His alleged victim, 44-year-old Stefan Trogisch, had been reported missing by his flatmates in early September after leaving his apartment shortly before midnight and failing to return.

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By October, police searched dating platforms and search for people who could possibly be in contact with Stefan was launched.

Sniffer dogs led investigators to the suspect's apartment, not far away in the city's Pankow district, where police found cutting tools, bone fragments, and traces of blood, according to Deutsche Welle.

People strolling in the park in Buch found the bones on 8 November. It is thought that he even sold the flesh of his victims at the Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) market as pork.

He was detained at his home close to the site where the victim's bones were found, on the northern edge of the capital. Danke hung himself in his jail cell two days later.

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

In 2006, Armin Meiwes was convicted in a German court of murder and disturbing the peace after he killed and ate a man he met online.

Armin Meiwes is serving a life sentence over the 2001 killing of Bernd Juergen Brandes, who he claims answered his online call seeking a young man for "slaughter and consumption".