'Devoid of flesh': Horrific park discovery leads to 'cannibal' arrest

Yahoo News Staff
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Police have arrested a suspected cannibal as part of a murder investigation of a 44-year-old man whose remains were found at a park.

Stefan T, an electrical engineer vanished from his apartment in Berlin back in September, and his remains were found in a park in the locality of Buch earlier in November.

The bones were found by people walking their dog and at the time, a Berlin Police media release said.

Strollers stand on November 20, 2020 in an area where walkers found on November 8 parts of bones in Berlin that were identified as human bones.
People walking their dog found part of bones which belonged to a 44-year-old man in a park in Berlin. Source: AFP via Getty Images

On Thursday (local time), a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder with sexual motives and it is suspected the man had an interest in cannibalism.

The man was detained at his home close to the site where the 44-year-old victim's bones were found earlier this month on the northern edge of the capital.

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism. He searched online for the topic," a Berlin prosecutor’s office spokesman said.

A police officer told BZ, a Berlin-based daily newspaper, one of the bones recovered was “totally devoid of flesh”, the BBC reported.

He said it was unclear whether the victim also had an interest in cannibalism. The two men, both Germans, had been in touch with each other online.

Picture taken on November 20, 2020 shows a residential building in Berlin's Lichtenberg district, where a presumed victim of cannibalism was reported to live.
The 44-year-old man who vanished in September, lived in Berlin's Lichtenberg district. Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who they believe is a cannibal. Source: AFP via Getty Images

In 2006, a German court convicted Armin Meiwes of murder and disturbing the peace for killing a man he had met online and eating him. Meiwes is serving a life sentence.

In 2015, a German police officer was convicted of murder for killing a man he met in an internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism.

Prosecutors said the victim had fantasised about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect actually did so.

With Associated Press

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