Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Channel N - Body Shock: The Man Who Ate His Lover

I found this via Sandra Kiume's Channel N blog at Psych Central. Deeply weird, and also very interesting in a "I can't look away" kind of way. The depths that the killer and victim, if those are the correct words, went to in their minds/souls is pretty damn dark.

Is Armin Meiwes a killer if his victim was willing? But when the man allowed Meiwes to consume "his flesh" at first, but then lost coherence and was given painkillers and alcohol, could he still consent to his death?

This is a disturbing story - not for the squeamish.

The Man Who Ate His Lover

By Sandra Kiume

Body Shock: The Man Who Ate His Lover

Good documentary about a case of voluntary erotic cannibalism between two men. A famous international news story, Armin Meiwes was eventually convicted. The documentary investigates his childhood, sexuality, psychological issues, and how the men met online. Via Documentary Heaven.

Here is the text from Documentary Heaven:

Consider the following story line for the ultimate video nasty. Single man meets radical male masochist on the Internet. On their first date, the masochist offers up his penis as main course in a romantic dinner for two. After some teething problems over the best way to prepare the food, the two men enjoy a meal of garnished genitals. Satiated, and feeling woozy, the masochist is led upstairs to the bathroom, where he is left to bleed to death. Hours later, our host pops in to see how his date is doing, and finishes him off with a knife to the throat. He then butchers the body and barbecues the meat.

Even as fiction, this extreme tale of human weirdness would be difficult to stomach. So how do we respond when two middle-aged computer engineers turn this incredulous plot into jaw-dropping fact? Two words: shock and awe. Just when you thought you’d heard it all, along comes a German cannibal, Armin Meiwes, and his willing victim, Bernd-Juergen Brandes, to rewrite the book of bizarre human behavior. Rarely has a criminal investigation aroused such ghoulish curiosity or raised such difficult questions about the dark places that the human mind can go.

Amid the media scramble surrounding the recent courtroom drama, there has been a clamour to understand and to explain this behavior, which, incidentally, is not even illegal under either German or British law. In desperation, we turn to science for answers. What can rational objectivity tell us about such irrational acts of violence and mutilation? Perhaps not very much. But with little else to go on, we must be content with what morsels of knowledge we can find.

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