Slovakia haunted by dead cannibal who killed two women

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Slovakia's police said Wednesday they had evidence showing a man they shot dead last week was a cannibal who had killed two women and tried to lure a Swiss man to Slovakia to kill and eat him.

"All evidence leads to the conclusion that the 43-year-old Matej Curko was a cannibal," police chief Jaroslav Spisiak told AFP on Wednesday, adding he would not disclose details to protect the victims' families.

"The police found two shallow graves in the woods near Kysak, eastern Slovakia, with the remains of two female bodies cut to pieces (on Tuesday)," he added.

"Some body parts were missing but we found photographs of these parts" in Curko's computer, which also contained data that led the police to the graves, Spisiak said.

Curko, who died in hospital on May 12 after being shot by the police in a gunfight two days earlier, hunted for his victims on the Internet.

"He contacted a Swiss citizen, who agreed to come to Slovakia, and let Curko kill him and eat him," police said, indicating the would-be victim had been suicidal.

But the man panicked when he saw Curko was serious about his plan, and he contacted the police who sent an undercover agent to meet the cannibal and arrest him.

Before being shot himself, Curko managed to shoot the agent who is now in hospital, stabilised and improving, Spisiak added.

© 2011 AFP

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