Armin Meiwes - The Rotenburg Cannibal


I'll swallow your soul!
I just read Interview With A Cannibal and thought Armin Meiwes definitely deserved his own thread :)

Killing and cannibalism

Looking for a willing volunteer, Meiwes posted an advertisement at a website, The Cannibal Cafe, whose disclaimer mentions the distinction between reality and fantasy. Meiwes's post stated that he was "looking for a well-built 18- to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed".Bernd Jürgen Brandes then answered the advertisement. Many other people responded to the advertisement, but backed out; Meiwes did not attempt to force them to do anything against their will.
As is known from a videotape the two made when they met on 9 March 2001 in Meiwes's home in the small town of Rotenburg, Meiwes amputated Brandes' penis and the two men attempted to eat the penis together before Brandes was killed. Brandes had insisted that Meiwes attempt to bite his penis off. This did not work and ultimately, Meiwes used a knife to remove Brandes' penis. Brandes apparently tried to eat some of his own penis raw, but could not because it was too tough and, as he put it, "chewy". Meiwes then fried the penis in a pan with salt, pepper, wine and garlic; he then fried it with some of Brandes' fat but by then it was too burned to be consumed. He then chopped it up into chunks and fed it to his dog.
According to journalists who saw the video (which has not been made public), Brandes may already have been too weakened from blood loss to actually eat any of his penis. Meiwes read a Star Trek book for three hours, while Brandes lay bleeding in the bath. Meiwes apparently gave him large quantities of alcohol and pain killers, twenty sleeping pills and a bottle of schnapps, kissed him and finally killed him in a room that he had built in his house for this purpose, the Slaughter Room. After stabbing Brandes to death in the throat, he hung the body on a meat hook and tore chunks of flesh from it; he even tried to grind the bones to use as flour. The whole scene was recorded on the two-hour video tape. Meiwes enjoyed eating the body over the next 10 months, storing body parts in his freezer under pizza boxes and consuming up to 20 kilograms (44 lb) of the flesh. According to prosecutors, Meiwes committed the act for sexual enjoyment.
Arrest, trial, and conviction of manslaughter

Meiwes was arrested in December 2002, after a college student in Innsbruck phoned the police after seeing new advertisements for victims and details about the killing on the Internet. Investigators searched his home and found body parts and the videotaped killing.
On 30 January 2004, Meiwes was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years in prison. The case attracted considerable media attention and led to a debate over whether Meiwes could be convicted at all, given that Bernd Jürgen Brandes had voluntarily and knowingly participated in the act.
Meiwes has admitted what he did, and expressed regret for his actions. He added he wanted to write a book of his life story with the aim of deterring anyone who wants to follow his steps. Websites dedicated to Meiwes have appeared, with people advertising for willing victims. "They should go for treatment, so it doesn't escalate like it did with me", said Meiwes. He believes there are over 100 cannibals in Germany.
Retrial and murder conviction

In April 2005, a German court ordered a retrial after prosecutors appealed his sentence. They believed he should have been convicted of murder. Among the questions courts answered is whether Brandes agreed to his killing, and whether he was legally capable of doing so at the moment, taking into account his apparent mental problems as well as his significant intake of alcohol. Other aspects of the retrial determined whether Meiwes killed to satiate his own desires (in particular sexual desires), and not because he was asked to, which Meiwes has repeatedly rejected during testimony. At his retrial a psychologist stated that Meiwes could reoffend and still "had fantasies about devouring the flesh of young people." On 10 May 2006, a court in Frankfurt convicted Meiwes of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Consultant in criminal cases

According to a Bild report from October 2007, Meiwes was helpful in the analysis of two suspected cannibal murders from 1998 and 2000, in which two young boys were found mutilated.

The following is an online transcript (translated by Kina Moore) between Armin Meiwes (antrophagus) and Bernd-Jürgen Brandes (cator99) from March 6th 2001 (3 days prior to Brandes death)
cator99: Hallllooooo????
antrophagus: Hi, Cator, what do you do professionally, that you are up so late at night?
cator99: I can’t sleep well anymore because of our meeting
antrophagus: That’s a sensible reason. Yesterday I was incredibly tired, it was a stressful day
cator99: I’m in telecommunications
antrophagus: Oh, that sounds interesting
cator99: I believe you
antrophagus: I’m looking forward to our meeting, it will definitely be really cool
cator99: I want it to be & hope it’ll be really cool. Are you setting an alarm clock?
antrophagus: It’s only a few days until March 9
cator99: Still, I would have rather met you yesterday and felt your teeth
: One can’t have everything. There’s still some time before you really feel my teeth
cator99: I hardly know what to expect. Have you slaughtered a man before?
antrophagus: Unfortunately, only in my dreams, but in my thoughts I do it every night
cator99: So I’m the first? You have eaten human flesh before, or you haven’t?
antrophagus: No, you don’t exactly find it in the supermarket, unfortunately
cator99: How do you know if it will taste good to you, or that the blood won’t make you sick?
antrophagus: I’m readying myself with my dreams. Once I was so excited I grabbed a needle and drew my own blood so I could drink it
cator99: And your blood, it tasted good to you?
antrophagus: It was quite tasty. Once I was drilling some holes and the drill slipped right into my hand, that was a real treat. Blood is the juice of life. It contains everything a person needs for nutrition
cator99: Then I hope you won’t wilt, that you can really see it through without a problem
antrophagus: To bite into your penis will certainly not be easy—living flesh is somewhat more resistant than fried—but one thing is certain: our dream will be fulfilled
cator99: But there’s not so much in it as there is in muscle
antrophagus: Yeah, but the penis is principally a spongy material filled with blood
cator99: For both our sakes, I hope that’s true. I hope you have also already thought about what’s to be done with the rest. Fulfilling the dream shouldn’t become a nightmare for you. No one will know where I’ve disappeared to
antrophagus: After you’re dead, I’ll take you out and expertly carve you up. Except for a pair of knees and some fleshy trash (skin, cartilage, tendons), there won’t be much of you left
cator99: There will be a good bit, like the knees, I hope you have a good hiding place for them
antrophagus: I’ll dry out the knees and grind them up soon after
cator99: Okay, they’re good as fertilizer, I heard that once. I see you’ve thought about it. Good! Sounds like I’m the first
antrophagus: And you won’t be the last, hopefully. I’ve already considered catching a young person from the street, but I would rather kill only those who want to be killed
cator99: That also doesn’t sound bad. But yeah, seeing as it’s not so totally legal, this is in my eyes better than yanking somebody directly off the street
antrophagus: Exactly, I’d do it, if it were legal


Link to archived Cannibal Cafe site:

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Armin Meiwes, the Rotenburg Cannibal


Wustefeld Manor, the Meiwes house. 36 rooms, over 16,000 sq. ft. Documented as early as 1299 but could have been built in 900 AD.
Meiwes has said he has no plans to let go of the house, that he loves it.


Meiwes' Mothers room.


Cage built for a willing victim who ended up backing out.

Torture room constructed by Meiwes. The bed was once rigged up as a giant bbq pit for one man (who also backed out).

Bernd Brandes , the man who did become dinner.


The bath where Brandes enjoyed the beauty of his wound while bleeding out.

Armin preparing the body. (Some pictures were sent out to potential 'dinners' to show that Armin was serious)

The freezer where Meiwes stored his dinner as he dined on it for 10 months.

Makeshift grave for Bernds remains that could not be eaten.​


Interview With A Cannibal (this is super interesting)
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I'll swallow your soul!
(Stills from video linked above)

Another view of the Meiwes house

The dining room where Armin ate Brandes on his finest china with a bottle of red wine.

Mama Meiwes

Stove where Brandes was cooked.

Young Meiwes with his mother

A room in the Meiwes house

Meiwes' fine china.

Meiwes using the prison vending machine.


I'll swallow your soul!
Beautiful house. I remember when this first came broke on the news and I was watching.. I didn't care about the guy who got killed or the guy who killed and ate him.. all I said was 'damn.. that is a really nice fucking house.'.
That house.... fucking Christ what I'd give to be able to walk through it one time. I was so excited to see the interview video because they show some of the house. The house is absolutely unbelievable to me. In the book I read is where I learned it was documented in 1299 but could have been built as early as in the 900's. I'd love to visit Germany anyway... if I could afford it, I'd jump a plane and be there. No wonder Meiwes says he'll never part with it and that he loves it. I'm scared to death to think someone might set it on fire or something, that would be fucking terrible.

The neighbor says Satanic Worshippers try to get inside the house and stuff.... stupid little teenage fucks gonna ruin something amazing.


I'll swallow your soul!


That'll probably be neat!

I read that Meiwes was against the movie "Cannibal" and the Rammstein song about the crime. But I read this play was supposed to get the facts pretty straight.
Yeah and I love Stuart Gordon. What did you think of the movie Cannibal?