In Berlin, the cannibal killer sentenced to life imprisonment

He had been arrested by Berlin police in November 2020, suspected of having murdered and committed acts of cannibalism on a 43-year-old man, a mechanic who had gone missing two months earlier. Stefan R. has just been convicted of “murder” and “Breach of the peace of the dead”, in a judgment rendered this Friday, January 7, 2022. The Berlin State Court sentenced him to life in prison.

The defendant, a 42-year-old math teacher, had met his victim via a dating app, and had him come to his apartment in Berlin-Pankow before drugging him in GHB, killing him, then cutting his body up and scatter the pieces across the different districts of the German capital.

Cannibal fantasies

According to Matthias Schertz, the president of the court, Stefan R. had “Developed ideas of killing and cannibalism”, visiting online forums on the subject, and allegedly murdered his victim “To live out his fantasies of cannibalism”. A bone saw and specialized knives were found by investigators in his apartment. Prosecutors, who were ruled in favor by the judges, said Stefan R. had cut the victim’s genitals with the intention of eating them, without however being able to establish whether or not he had carried out his plan.

The accused disputed the charges, claiming that he found the victim dead on his sofa after she spent the night at his home. He justified himself not having called the police or an ambulance, because he should then have revealed his homosexuality.

The court considered that his responsibility for this crime was “Particularly serious”, which implies that he will not be able to benefit from a conditional release, as it is customary for it to be automatically applied after fifteen years in Germany.

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The last cannibalism case that hit German headlines dates back to 2015, and involves a police officer who had killed and butchered, at his request, another man he met on a discussion forum devoted to anthropophagy.

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