Top 10 Most Notorious Cannibals

Of all the most heinous and revered crimes fathomable, it would seem that cannibalism is very near the top of the pile. The act of orally consuming a member of one’s own species, cannibalism is a concept most un-orthodox with human beings. While many of the creatures with which we share this Earth see little problem in eating a friend, associate or family member, if not purely in the name of survival, we humans hold a prolonged and immovable dissatisfaction with the idea. Well, for the most part. Throughout history both ancient and contemporary there have been several cases involving human cannibalism, usually alongside murder, which I suppose is unsurprising. Aside from myths of cannibalistic indigenous tribes of the Pacific and the Amazon, there are a string of recorded cannibalistic acts, and their prime culprits, which we may draw upon in order to compose this list. Each one selected possesses a back story which I feel to be worthy of noting, though I’ll be first to admit that they all kinda do end in the same way…


10. Alexander Spesivtsev

Born in Kemerovo Oblast, south western Siberia in 1970, Alexander Spesivtsev is believed to have murdered as many as 82 people before being apprehended by authorities in 1996. While many of the stats and facts associated with Russians heinous crimes are hazy, as is common in such instances of high-scale homicide, it is confirmed that he cannibalized at least 19 of his victims. Primarily preying on children, Spesivtsev was first convicted of murder in 1991 after detaining, torturing and as a result directly causing the death of his then girlfriend, after she attempted to break up with him. Following this instance, the young man was diagnosed as being schizophrenic and let off lightly with a mere three year stint in a psychiatric clinic. He was released after showing signs of improvement, though soon embarked on a murderous spree with the help of his own mother.


9. Joachim Kroll

Joachim Kroll was a murderer and cannibal born in southern Germany in 1933. Committing a series of atrocious crimes throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, he was convicted upon trial of murdering a total of eight victims, though admitted to fourteen. Of all his victims, only one was male- and died as a result of an attack Kroll launched on both him and his girlfriend. Despite there being much evidence to suggest that Kroll was of below average intelligence, it was his deceptive and careful methods when committing his crimes that allowed him to evade the authorities for so long. A total of 21 years were allowed to pass between his first crime and his last- with him being caught in 1976 following the investigation into the disappearance of his last victim, four-year-old Marion Ketter. The majority of Kroll’s crimes are believed to have been sexually motivated.


8. Yoo Young-chul

A native of Gochang, South Korea- Yoo Young-chul was born in 1970, though did not start acting on his murderous urges until the age of 33. Committing a series of previous, less severe crimes throughout his formative years, this culminated in Young-chul taking some 21 lives between September 2003 and July 2004. Mainly targeting prostitutes and wealth elderly men, it is believed that his primary motivation was a growing disillusionment with societal tendencies in his homeland. Following the murder of his sixth victim in the Spring of 2004, Young-chul failed to alternate his methods of both seizing and disposing of his victims (luring a call girl to his home, dumping her body on a construction site) while simultaneously increasing his murderous productivity. He was soon caught and sentenced to death.


7. Big Lurch

Born Antron Singleton in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1976- ‘Big Lurch’ is a rapper perhaps known more-so for the crime he committed eleven years ago than the music he created prior to this time. In the April of 2002, he was apprehended by police while standing fully naked in the middle of a Los Angeles street, covered in blood and staring at the sky. The day previous to this occurrence he is believed to have murdered and partly cannibalized a female friend of his after the pair had indulged in Phencyclidine (PCP).


6. Armin Meiwes

While the name may not ring a bell instantly, many of you may already be aware of the crime committed by 51-year-old German man Armin Meiwes back in 2001. Upon posting an advert on the website ‘Cannibal Café’ requesting that a ‘well-built’ 18-30 year-old offer themselves up in order to be ‘slaughtered and then consumed’ by the lowly computer repair technician, he, somewhat surprisingly, is said to have received many responses. All but one of these would be volunteers did eventually back out, except his eventual ‘victim’, fellow German Bernd Jurgen Brandes. The two soon arranged to meet and carry out their agreed activity- with Meiwes first severing Brandes’ penis and attempting to eat it, before stabbing him to death, butchering him and proceeding to eat over 40lb of his flesh over a 10-month period.

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