cannibalism

Wendigo Psychosis is a mental disorder in which a person intensely craves human flesh and thinks they are turning into a cannibal (despite an abundance of healthy food available). The most common response amongst the aboriginal communities in which wendigo psychosis was most prevalent, was curing attempts by traditional native healers or Western doctors. In the unusual cases when these attempts failed, and the Wendigo sufferer began either to threaten those around them or to act violently or anti-socially, they were then generally executed. While some have denied the existence of this disorder, there are a number of credible eyewitness accounts, both by aboriginal communities and by Westerners, that prove that Wendigo psychosis is a factual historical phenomenon.

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On Thanksgiving 1991, Omaima Nelson, a 24-year-old Egyptian model, bludgeoned and stabbed William Nelson, her husband of just two months, to death. After murdering him, she dismembered and skinned his body, castrated him, and then cooked his decapitated head and hands. She confessed to eating his ribs, saying they tasted “so sweet”. She claimed that her husband had sexually abused her and she was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 28 years to life imprisonment.

Killers Diagnosed With BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)

Because May is BPD awareness month, I figured I would make a post about killers who were diagnosed as having BPD. Keep in mind that only a very tiny percentage of people with BPD go on to commit these types of crimes. They usually have a duel diagnosis of BPD and ASP (Anti-Social Personality Disorder).

1) Jeffrey Dahmer - Jeffrey was a textbook case of BPD. He was terrified of being alone. He was willing to do whatever it took to keep his companions from leaving. His whole idea of drilling holes into his victims brain and making them zombies was so he could keep them with him forever. I don’t know for sure, but I think Dahmer’s BPD came from the instability in his family while he was growing up. His parents obviously hated each other and that showed a lot during the trial and when Jeffrey was killed. His time in the service probably contributed to it as well.

2) Jodi Arias - Jodi thought she was in love with Travis Alexander. She did everything he wanted her to do, even if she really didn’t want to. Doing things to please others, especially sexual things, is a classic sign of BPD. Jodi was very possessive and jealous. She did not recognize boundaries. She hacked into Travis’ facebook account to snoop on him and see if he was talking to other women. She checked his cell phone when he left the room or went to shower. Not recognizing boundaries, or not caring about another person’s privacy is also a sign of BPD. I believe Jodi snapped because Travis led her on. He didn’t want a relationship with her, but he wouldn’t completely let her go because he enjoyed the sex. He used her. It is absolutely no excuse for what she did, but it is an explanation. 

3) Aileen Wuornos - This is my favorite pic of her. Aileen had the worst childhood. She was sexually abused by family members. She became pregnant at 14 after being raped by a friend of her grandfathers. things were so bad at home that Aileen went to live in the woods. I am from Michigan, and I can tell you that it gets really, really, really cold at night. She also started prostituting herself as a young teen to get money for cigarette’s and food. Reckless sexual behavior is a well known symptom of BPD. This poor woman didn’t stand a chance. The rotten childhood, the sexual abuse, the mistrust, the sexual promiscuity, all led to her BPD diagnosis. She was also paranoid, felt that everyone was out to harm her, and really, honestly believed that those men were going to hurt her. Again, not an excuse, but an explanation. 

4) John Wayne Gacy - Gacy was given a BPD diagnosis to go along with the Anti-Social diagnosis. I don’t really see it in him though. I definitely see the ASP, but he didn’t kill his victims because he was afraid they would leave. He killed them because he enjoyed it. The only BPD symptom I saw in Gacy was the multiple careers and the way he changed his mind constantly about what he wanted to do as far as career wise. People with BPD don’t really have an identity, so they usually float around from job to job and interest to interest. BPD sufferers are also known to take on the traits and interests of people around them.

5) Danny Rolling - Danny Rolling had a rough childhood. His father made it clear that Danny was an unwanted child. His father was very abusive towards his family, but Danny bared the brunt of it. His father once had Danny arrested because he was embarrassed of him. Danny started acting out by robbing and spying on girls getting dressed. I don’t think Danny had the abandonment symptom as much as he had the intrusive thoughts, feelings of inadequacy, and seeing everyone else as the cause of his problems.  

6) Luka Magnotta - He is so BPD it is not even funny. Sexual promiscuity, he was a male porn star. He had no self esteem, he had multiple plastic surgeries. His reckless behavior of stealing credit car information and racking up huge debt for that person. There was some proof of him being in a brief relationship with Karla Homolka. Montreal Police even said they dated briefly, but then they retracted the statement. Luka wanted to be somebody, somebody other than who he was. He was searching for love and acceptance through his bad behavior because he didn’t know how else to get it. 

Luka set up over 70 different facebook accounts and created several profiles on other social media sites. He could be whoever he wanted under those accounts and nobody would know the difference. He hated himself and just wanted to be anyone else. Anyone with BPD can sympathize with those feelings. 

According to the mental health experts who testified at his trial, everyone on the defense side said he had BPD with histrionic traits. Everyone on the prosecution side said he had paranoid schizophrenia with BPD traits.

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This painting in Hannibal’s waiting room is The Raft of the Medusa by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault. 

The Raft of the Medusa, an oil painting completed when the artist was 27, the work has become an icon of French Romanticism. It depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today’s Mauritania on July 5, 1816. At least 147 people were set adrift on a hurriedly constructed raft; all but 15 died in the 13 days before their rescue, and those who survived endured starvation and dehydration and PRACTICED CANNIBALISM.

The event fascinated the young artist, and before he began work on the final painting, he undertook extensive research and produced many preparatory sketches. He interviewed two of the survivors, and constructed a detailed scale model of the raft. His efforts took him to morgues and hospitals where he could view, first-hand, the colour and texture of the flesh of the dying and dead. As the artist had anticipated, the painting proved highly controversial at its first appearance in the 1819 Paris Salon, attracting passionate praise and condemnation in equal measure. However, it established his international reputation, and today is widely seen as seminal in the early history of the Romantic movement in French painting.

The painting was acquired by the Louvre soon after the artist’s early death at the age of 32

The painting is also mentioned in The Silence of the Lambs while Hannibal is being questioned by Senator Martin:

“Give me an age and a physical description, anything else you can remember,” Major Bachman said.
Dr. Lecter simply went away. He thought about something else— Géricault’s anatomical studies for The Raft of the Medusa-–and if he heard the questions that followed, he didn’t show it.
When Senator Martin regained his attention, they were alone in the room.

It’s both the reference to the books and displaying another of Hannibal’s private jokes - publicly displaying his fascination with cannibalism.

Sending love and puppies to xshiromorix for identifying the painting! :-)

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All descriptions of paintings in Hannibal are here.

Arthur Shawcross killed and cannibalized parts of eleven prostitutes in the Rochester area, but he recalls sparing the life of one:

“You know, I had her by the throat and you know I mean she was fighting me and she was telling me, “Please, I’m on medication.” She says, “I know you’re on medication.” And when she said that, I came out of what I was doing… and I sat down in the driver’s seat and I just hold my hands like this, trembling, and started crying. “What the hell am I doing?… It just shocked me. I just pulled away and said, “What the fuck am I doing?” You know? Then we talked for a while. Then she asked me could I take her home. I said all right.”

Klara Mauerova, 31 and her sister Katerina led the sickening torture of her eight-year-old son Ondrej and his ten year-old brother Jakub.

She tortured her son in a locked cellar while relatives skinned him and forced him to eat his own flesh.

During the court case the two boys had told judges how their mother and relatives had stubbed cigarettes out on their bare skin, whipped them with belts, and tried to drown them. They were also sexually abused and forced to cut themselves with knives.

The terrified youngsters said they were kept in cages or handcuffed to tables and made to stand in their own urine for days.

Klara, from the Czech Republic was jailed for ten years for her role in the sick torture.She and her sister, both members of religious cult the Grail Movement, had refused to explain why they had tortured the boys.

The Sausage Murders: The story behind the Real Sweeney Todd.

Around 1860, José Ramos moved to a small town in Brazil named Porto Alegre and took over a butcher’s shop.
Ramos had a beautiful wife called Catarina Palsen, who had wonderful long blonde hair, shiny blue eyes and a curvaceous body - rumor has it that men could not resist her charms.
And that’s exactly how Ramos lured his victims into his trap.

As soon as Catarina got her hand on another man, she’d whisper him sweet words and take them to her house, claiming that her husband, the butcher, “wouldn’t be home for a while”.
She would then make love to them and serve them a wonderful supper afterwards - that’s when Ramos would come out of the darkness and smash a hatchet right into their heads, dropping them through a whole on the ground craftily done so it wouldn’t raise any suspicions.
If the victims happened to still be alive, he’d cut their throats with a knife meticulously.

Then, Ramos would go down to the secret room with Catarina, take off the victim’s clothes and belongings and turn them into meat - more specifically into sausages, which he sold at the public market.
And the most terrifying thing is that it was extremely well-received, and people would get into long, long lines just to get Ramos’ special sausage.. Without even knowing what they were made of.

It wasn’t until a sixteen year old boy and a salesman disappeared that the police got involved.
As soon as they went to search the house after the neighbours heard a scream, probably the boy, the police found the carcasses of the bodies that the couple used to make their famous sausage.

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Issei Sagawa met fellow student Renew Hartevelt while taking classes at Sorbonne. One day in 1981 he invited the young girl to his apartment to discuss literature. Once there, Sagawa shot her in the back of the neck. He then proceeded to rape her corpse and cut flesh off her and eat it - “It had no smell or taste, and melted in my mouth like raw tuna,” he wrote in In the Fog, his account of his crime. “Finally I was eating a beautiful white woman, and thought nothing was so delicious!” Once apprehended, Sagawa was found incompetent to stand trial and was sent to the Paul Guiraud asylum in Paris. Though family connections, he was transferred to a hospital in Tokyo and released in 1986.

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Nikolai Dzhumangaliev (also known as “Metal Fang” because of his uncommon false teeth made of white metal) would generally keep to himself, walking around town trying to meet different women wherever he went.
His favorite spot in town was near a river bank, where he would meet a young lady and lure her into the dark end of the park nearby. There, he would then rape the woman, finishing off by hacking the body up with a knife and axe he carried at all times.
However, he wasn’t done yet. He would then proceed to cook up parts of his victims and eat their flesh. The rest he would bag up in a sack and take home with him.
Later on, when he was discovered, police realized that Nikolai was also often inclined to throw little get-togethers with friends where he would cook up large amounts of meat to be shared with his guests. These “get-togethers” were always thrown right after one of his murders. He was feeding his unwitting guests parts of his recent kill.
What eventually led police to Nikolai were two town drunks who were invited back to his house for some “snacks”. When entering the home, the drunks discovered a woman’s head along with intestines, in the kitchen, ready for cooking.
He remains in a mental institution to this day.

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Note: The second photo was the crime scene of one of his unfortunate victims.

Somewhere between 1560 and 1610 in Scotland, Sawney Beane and his family are said to have killed and cannibalised thousands of travellers. His family were the product of incest and included eighteen grandsons, fourteen granddaughters, six daughters and eight sons. Soldiers stumbled across the family living in a cave and found smoked human flesh. The family were put to death in Leith.