Armin Meiwes, The German Cannibal

In the record of criminal history, certain cases stand out for their shocking and disturbing nature. One such case is that of Armin Meiwes, a German computer repair technician who gained international notoriety as the “Rotenburg Cannibal.” Meiwes’s acts of extreme violence and cannibalism sent shock waves throughout the world and raised profound questions about the limits of human depravity. This article delves into the chilling story of Armin Meiwes, his motivations, and the legal aftermath that followed his heinous actions.


Armin Meiwes was born on December 1, 1961, in Germany. By all accounts, he had a relatively normal childhood. However, as Meiwes grew older, he developed a disturbing fascination with cannibalism. He frequented online forums and chat rooms dedicated to discussing and exploring extreme fetishes, including those related to cannibalism and sexualized violence.

The crime

In 2001, Meiwes’s dark desires took a horrifying turn when he posted an ad on an internet website dedicated to cannibalism, The Cannibal Cafe. Meiwes’s advertisement stated that he was “looking for a well-built 18- to 25-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed.” Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes, a 43-year-old engineer from Berlin, answered the advertisement in March 2001.

The two men met at Meiwes’s home in Rotenburg, Germany, and documented the entire event on video.

The video shows Meiwes amputating Brandes’s penis, with his agreement and together they attempted to eat it. Before doing so, Brandes swallowed twenty sleeping pills, and a bottle of cough syrup, likely causing an effect of slowed breathing and extreme tiredness. Brandes initially insisted that Meiwes should attempt to bite his penis off. This did not work, and ultimately, Meiwes used a knife to remove it. Brandes apparently tried to eat some of his own penis raw but could not, because it was too tough and, as he put it, “chewy”.

Meiwes reported, “The flesh tastes like pork but stronger.“

Meiwes then fried the penis in a pan with salt, pepper, wine, and garlic; he then fried it with some of Brandes’ fat, but by then it was too burnt to be consumed. He then chopped the penis up into chunks and fed it to his dog.

Meiwes then ran Brandes a bath, before going to read a Star Trek book, while checking on Brandes every fifteen minutes, during which time Brandes lay bleeding in the bath, drifting in and out of consciousness.

After long hesitation and severity of Brandes’s amount of blood loss, Meiwes decided to end Brandes’s suffering by stabbing him in the throat, after which he hung the body on a meat hook.

The incident was recorded on a four-hour videotape, which has never been released to the public due to its gruesome contents.

Meiwes dismembered and ate the corpse over the next ten months, storing body parts in his freezer under pizza boxes and consuming up to 20 kilograms (44 lb) of the flesh. According to prosecutors, Meiwes committed the act for sexual pleasure.

Investigation and arrest

Meiwes’s heinous crime would have remained hidden had it not been for a tip-off to the police in December 2002, when a college student alerted authorities to new advertisements for victims online. Authorities raided Meiwes’s home, uncovering extensive evidence, including the infamous video recording, photographs, and detailed records of his online communications.

During his trial, Meiwes argued that Brandes had willingly participated in the act and that it was a consensual agreement between two adults. However, the shocking nature of the case captured international attention, sparking widespread outrage and debate over the boundaries of consent and personal autonomy.

Legal proceedings

In 2004, Armin Meiwes stood trial in Germany for the murder of Bernd Jürgen Brandes. The case presented an unprecedented challenge for the German legal system, as there were no precedents for cannibalism-related crimes of this magnitude.

The trial ended with Meiwes being convicted of manslaughter rather than murder, as the court deemed that Brandes had consented to his own death. Meiwes was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. However, this initial sentence was appealed by the prosecution, who argued for a murder conviction. In a retrial in 2006, the court agreed with the prosecution and changed the conviction to murder, resulting in a life sentence for Meiwes.

Legacy and impact

Armin Meiwes’s case continues to captivate and disturb the public imagination, leaving many perplexed by the depths of human depravity. The trial brought to the forefront complex legal and ethical questions, highlighting the need for updated legislation to address emerging issues in the digital age.

The case also led to a widespread debate on internet regulations, privacy concerns, and the responsibility of online platforms in monitoring and preventing the dissemination of harmful content. Meiwes’s actions serve as a stark reminder of the dark corners of the internet where dangerous fantasies can take root and flourish.

In film

Like so many other hideous crimes, they make their way into film. Grimm Love starring Keri Russell which tells the story of someone using the internet to fulfill their dreams of eating a willing victim.

Cannibal, this film centers on a mentally disturbed individual simply known as “The Man”, who has cannibalistic fantasies. He makes a deal with a suicidal man known as “The Flesh” who agrees to let The Man eat him.


Armin Meiwes’s case remains a chilling testament to the extreme depths of human depravity. The horrifying acts he committed shook the world and ignited discussions about consent, personal autonomy, and the boundaries of human behavior. The legacy of this case serves as a stark reminder of the need for robust legal frameworks to address emerging challenges in the digital age and to protect society from individuals driven by disturbing and dangerous desires.

2 thoughts on “Armin Meiwes, The German Cannibal”

    • Yes, it’s pretty bad. What makes it so weird is that the other consented to it. There are some pretty f***ed up people out there. This site will prove that. LOL


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