Self-declared cannibal to write memoirs

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24 November 2003 , HAMBURG - A self-declared cannibal has told a German newspaper he regrets his actions and intends to write his memoirs in jail to deter others from following his example. "I stand by what I did. I am guilty and regret my acts," 41-year-old Armin Meiwes told Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Meiwes is in a single cell in the high-security wing of a jail in Kassel awaiting trial scheduled to begin on 3 December. The computer specialist and former soldier is facing a charge of murder "for sexual s

24 November 2003

HAMBURG - A self-declared cannibal has told a German newspaper he regrets his actions and intends to write his memoirs in jail to deter others from following his example.

"I stand by what I did. I am guilty and regret my acts," 41-year-old Armin Meiwes told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

Meiwes is in a single cell in the high-security wing of a jail in Kassel awaiting trial scheduled to begin on 3 December.

The computer specialist and former soldier is facing a charge of murder "for sexual satisfaction". Cannibalism itself is not punishable under German law.

Defence lawyers are to argue that the victim, a 42-year-old acquaintance Meiwes had met via the Internet, had asked to be killed. They will be seeking a lesser charge of "killing on demand" which carries a maximum five-year jail sentence.

Meiwes told the newspaper he no longer had the urge to eat human flesh. "I don't need it any more, to have someone else inside me," he said.

He now wants to write the story of his life to deter others with the same leanings.

"They should seek out suitable treatment and open themselves up so that things don't escalate as they did with me," he said.

Up to 16 days have been set aside for the trial which will evidence from three specialists and about 35 witnesses. Sentencing is set for the end of January.

DPA
Subject: German news



 

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