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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.


In March 2001, Armin Meiwes (right), posted an advertisement to the online blog, The Cannibal Cafe, with the intention of finding a “well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and consumed”. Meiwes claimed many people responded to the advertisement but backed out shortly after - one person who didn’t back out though, was Bernd Brandes.

A videotape made by the pair reveals the sequence of events leading up to Brandes’ demise:

Meiwes first uses a knife to remove Brandes’ penis, originally attempting to bite the penis off (as suggested by Brandes himself). Brandes then attempts to eat some of his own served penis, only to find it too ‘chewy’. Meiwes proceeds to fry the penis remains in a pan, along with some other ingredients, where he then feeds the ‘dish’ to his dog. Meiwes then begins to run a bath for Brandes - checking on him every 15 minutes. Brandes, suffering major blood loss, attempts to exit the bath only to collapse. Meiwes then proceeds to drag Brandes’ body upstairs where he makes the final decision to kill him - stabbing him in the throat. Meiwes then hangs Brandes’ body on a meat hook, consuming 20 kilograms of the corpse over the next 10 months.

Meiwes was later arrested in December 2002, when a college student contacted police after seeing new advertisements for victims and details about Brandes’ killing on the Internet. Whilst searching Meiwes’ home, investigators uncovered body parts and the 4 hour videotape. In January 2004, Meiwes was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 years in prison, only to have a retrial on May 10th 2006, which found him guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Whilst in prison, Meiwes has admitted regret for his actions and aims to write a book in order to deter those following in his footsteps. Meiwes has also assisted in the analysis of two suspected cannibal murders from 1998 and 2000. It is also stated he has since become Vegetarian.

Most disturbing things on the deep web:

1.) Human Experiments- 

The people who run this particular page on the dark web believe that not all humans are equal and to prove their point they kidnap homeless people or get volunteers (yes, really) and do illegal and extremely painful experiments on them. Experiments range from starvation and water/fluid restriction to exposing infants to harmful radiation.

2.) Cannibal Cafe

This website, now banned by the German government, was used by literal cannibals: They would log onto the forum known as the Cannibal Cafe and share their fantasies, cooking tips, and even arrange to meet up for a meal. That’s what happened when Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes, an engineer from Berlin responded to an advertisement written by Armin Meiwes, a computer technician with cannibalistic tendencies. The advert read “Looking for a well-built 18- to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed.” The pair met up and played out their fantasy, resulting in the discovery of the forum and the arrests of dozens of real-life cannibals.

3.) Pilots’ last words:

Someone somewhere has gone to the effort of finding the last words of pilots before their plane crashed. The words would have been recorded on the black box of the aircraft and the owner of the website would have had to go through high-security records to find them. The morbid website is updated frequently.

4.) Human Leather:

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder. This company is dedicated to making leather made from real human skin. Their ideas were clearly too creepy for the mainstream web, so they have taken to the deep web to advertise their products.

5.) Hire a hitman:

Hitmen seem a thing of spy movies, but for a couple of grand you can hire one thanks to this website known as the Hitman Network. These assassins seem to have morals though, as they refuse to kill children or any major politicians.


The Cannibal House — This is the house of Armin Meiwes, a notorious German cannibal. In 2001 at the age of 39, Meiwes searched for a volunteer to be “slaughtered and consumed” on a website called The Cannibal Café. Bernd Brandes, a 43-year-old from Berlin, responded to the advertisement. The two met on March 9th, 2001, in Meiwes’ house in a small farming village near Rotenburg, Germany. After Brandes consumed sleeping pills and alcohol, Meiwes amputated Brandes’ penis with a knife. They attempted to eat the penis which was fried with spices and wine; however, this plan failed as it was too burned. Just after, Meiwes poured Brandes a bath (in the bathtub featured above), where he lay bleeding for three hours. Eventually, Brandes was dragged upstairs to the slaughter room where he was killed after Meiwes slit his throat. The body was hung on meat hooks and was later hacked into pieces. This entire gruesome ordeal was filmed on a two-hour long videotape.

Over the next 10 months, Meiwes consumed approximately 20 kgs (44 lbs) of Brandes’ flesh and stored body parts in his freezer. Eventually, Meiwes longed for another victim, and placed more advertisements on the internet. In December 2002, police arrested Meiwes in his home after receiving a phone call from a man who was concerned by the new ads. Meiwes was convicted of manslaughter in January 2004, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, as it was ruled that Brandes was a voluntary participant in the killing. In May 2006, this sentence was revised to life imprisonment for murder due to a retrial. Meiwes conducted several interviews in prison, and has stated that he believes there to be approximately 800 cannibals in Germany. He has since become a vegetarian and is reportedly feeling sorry for his crimes. 

A young Armin Meiwes with his Mother Waltraud Meiwes. His Mother was very strict with him and became very dominant when his Father left the family. Armin was just eight years old at the time. Out of loneliness, Armin created a imaginary friend called “Franky”, with whom he could talk to everytime. Franky gave him sort of comfort in his youth and was actually someone who would listen to him and his problems, something his Mother never did.

Armin Meiwes’ cannibalistic murder began on a fantasy cannibalism forum , cannibal cafe , which stated that anyone who has difficulty separating fantasy and reality should leave. Since Armin’s incarceration this forum has been taken down. But can still be found in archives , with Armin going under the name Franky in many posts. Meiwes wanted someone to eat. He posted several advertisements , he received replies and met up with one man who bailed out and left. A man called Bernd Brandes messaged Armin , he also had a cannibalistic fetish but his was to be eaten rather than to eat someone. When they met , Armin took Bernd to his room made specially for the event pictured above. He wanted to bite of Brandes’ penis but couldn’t so he cut it off. Brandes , still fully consenting, then requested to eat it , but couldn’t as it was ‘too chewy’. Armin left Bernd for 3 hours to bleed out in the bath tub and plied him with alcohol , pain killers and sleeping pills. Eventually Armin kissed Brandes on the forehead and stabbed him in the throat. Meiwes then hung and slowly cut up Bernds body. Over the next 10 months Armin is said to have consumed up to 20 kilograms of Bernds flesh. Police found a 2 hour tape upon search of the dismantling in Meiwes’ apartment. Armin Meiwes is still alive and serving a life sentence in Kassel prison , Germany. Screenshots of the 2 hour tape can be found.


Armin Meiwes (The Master Butcher) is a German man who in March 2001, slaughtered and cannibalized on Bernd Brandes. Meiwes put an advertisement on a website called The Cannibal Cafè, which stated that he was ”looking for a well-built 18-30 year old to be slaughtered and then consumed.“ Brandes answered the advertisement, and the two men met on March 9, 2001. The whole process was videotaped (which is not released to the public.) After Meiwes cut off Brandes’s penis, he passed out from blood loss. Soon after, Meiwes kissed him goodbye and slit his throat. Over the next ten months, Meiwes consumed over 44 pounds of flesh. In December 2002, a college student saw new advertisements for victims, and called the police. Authorities searched his home and found various body parts and the videotape of the murder. Meiwes was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.


In 2001, Armin Meiwes posted an advertisement on a website called The Cannibal Cafe which read: “looking for a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed”. He received a response from Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes, an engineer from Berlin. They met up on 9 March, 2001, and videotaped the event. It began with Meiwes amputating Brandes’s penis and then the two men attempted to eat it but as Brandes said, it was too “chewy”. Brandes had originally insisted that Meiwes bite his penis off but this proved to be too difficult. Meiwes then fried the severed penis with salt, garlic, and wine. Brandes, weakened from blood loss, was placed in the bath to bleed out for three hours while Meiwes read a book. Meiwes then gave him alcohol, pain killers, and sleeping pills, kissed him goodbye, and took him to his “slaughter room” which he had built for this occasion. Meiwes then stabbed Brandes in the throat, placed him on a meat hook, and began cutting off chunks of flesh that he froze and continued to eat over the next 10 months. He consumed as much as 44lbs of the flesh. Meiwes was apprehended in December, 2002, after he began posting online for another willing participant to consume. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and has since become a vegetarian. There are screenshots from the video available online, but not the video itself.

German cannibal Armin Meiwes posted a classified on the Internet announcing he was seeking “a well-built 18 to 30 year old to be slaughtered and then consumed.” He later claimed that the ad received over 200 responses. After meeting a young man who backed out, he found 41 year old Bernd Juergen Brandes, who agreed to be eaten.

On March 9th 2001, the two met and had sex, before Meiwes cut off Brandes’ penis so they could eat it. First, they tried to consume it raw, but found it too “rubbery.” Meiwes then tried to cook it using garlic and butter, but ended up burning it. After 10 hours of waiting for Brandes to bleed to death, Meiwes killed him, hung his body on a meat hook, and began carving off meat.

Over the next 10 months, he ate about 18 kilograms of human steak and mince. In later interviews, he said he sauteed the steak with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic and for sides, he had princess croquettes and brussels sprouts with a green pepper sauce. To drink, he preferred a glass of South African red wine.

And what did Meiwes think of the meat? He said it was a little tough, but otherwise quite good. Apparently, it tasted like pork, but with a stronger, slightly bitter taste.

Meiwes insisted that Brandes’ death was assisted suicide rather than murder. He was originally sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for manslaughter but lost a retrial and was sentenced to life in prison.

He is now a vegetarian.

Source: The Sinister Sisters

“Mein Teil” by Rammstein is about him and the killer decides to attack the group in court  as well as the director of the film Rothenburg, Martin Weisz

“I’m looking for a well-built 18- to 30-year-old Man who would want to be slaughtered by me.”

The second post Armin Meiwes, who called himself Franky, made in The Cannibal Cafe Forum on August 18, 2002 asking for another Man who would have agreed to be slaughtered and eaten by him.

The first post he made on February in the year 2001 included about the same kind of words he used for in his second post. Another incredible fact is that many would have actually agreed to be eaten by him and also responded on his post, asking for more details, but many who contacted Armin were not the way he wanted them to look like, until the right canditate, Bernd Brandes, responded on his post.

One of the most disgusting stories you will ever read is that of Armin Meiwes. In 2001, Meiwes ran an advertisement on a website named The Cannibal Café looking for a willing victim to be “slaughtered and consumed.” A man named Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes from Berlin responded to the message and agreed to meet Meiwes. On March 9, 2001, the two met at Meiwes house in Rotenburg, Germany and Brandes was killed. The entire event was filmed on a 2 hour long videotape. The details of the massacre are gruesome and hard to describe.
Meiwes started by amputating the penis of Brandes and the two ate it. Meiwes then slaughtered Brandes and placed the body on a meat hook. Over the next 10 months Meiwes consumed approximately 20 kilograms (44 lb) of the flesh. He even ground up some of Brandes’ bones and tried to use the substance as cooking flour. All of the events were recorded on the video, which was later seized by authorities and forever sealed from the public.
In December of 2002 Meiwes was arrested by the police after they had received a phone call from a concerned man who had seen a new advertisement from Meiwes on the Internet. It was also discovered that Meiwes had bragged about the crimes in chat rooms. On January 30, 2004, Armin Meiwes was convicted of manslaughter and given a prison sentence of eight years. It was ruled that Brandes was a voluntary participant in the killing, so it was not murder. However, in 2006 the case was revisited and Meiwes was convicted of murder and given a life sentence in prison. It has been written that Meiwes is sorry for his crimes and has become a vegetarian in jail. He believes that there are about 800 cannibals living in Germany.