Photo of German murderer and cannibal Armin Meiwes in the Army. The picture was taken in 1984 during the sergeant’s training course in Bremen.
In early 2001, Meiwes placed an advertisement on a online forum called “The Cannibal Cafe” which read: “I’m looking for a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then eaten.” On Feburary 5, 2001 43-year-old Bernd Brandes responded to the advertisement and both began to exchange messages. They met on March 9, 2001 in Meiwes’ home located in Rotenburg an der Fulda, Hesse. Meiwes filmed the mutilation, dismemberment and murder of Brandes. The video begins with Meiwes cutting off the penis of him. Meiwes had drugged Brandes beforehand with sleeping pills and schnapps. The two then attempted to consume the penis raw. Following this, Meiwes placed Brandes in the bathtub for three hours before he killed him in his “slaughter room” by stabbing him in the throat. He stored Brandes’ remains in the freezer and consumed about 20 kilograms of his flesh. Meiwes was arrested on December 10, 2002 after he began searching for another victim by posting ads online. He was convicted of manslaughter in 2004 and sentenced to eight years in prison. In 2006, the manslaughter charge was dropped and he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Some sources claim that Meiwes has since become a vegetarian in prison.