Police in Berlin arrested a man suspected of Cannibalism, where they found cutting tools and traces of blood inside his residence.
The arrest happened when the individual’s online history appeared “interest in cannibalism”, passers near his area found piles of bones in a wooded area of Berlin.
Berlin investigators have arrested the man on suspicion of murder and cannibalism, following the discovery of a man who disappeared in September of 2020.
According to the public prosecutor, the suspect is a high school teacher and is believed to have carried out a sexually motivated homicide, DW reported.
“The suspect had an interest in cannibalism,” Berlin prosecutors’ office spokesman Martin Steltner told The Associated Press. “He searched online for the topic.”
During the investigative search, police found cutting tools, knives, saws, as well as bone fragments and traces of blood.
“A 41-year-old suspect was arrested yesterday and will be brought before the magistrate today,” Berlin police tweeted on Thursday, initially saying he was suspected of manslaughter.
Later, Berlin’s prosecutor’s office followed up on this, saying that the suspect was in fact suspected of carrying out a “sexual homicide with base motives.” Proving “base motives” is necessary by German law in order to push for a fully-fledged murder conviction, a law that’s a relic of the Nazi era.
DNA match on bones found in woods
44-year-old Stefan T. disappeared with a trace in early September after leaving his apartment at the midnight in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin.
By October, police searched dating platforms and search for people who could possibly be in contact with Stefan was launched.
The suspect is believed to have contacted the victim via a dating app, during the search police looked through the victim’s phone, investigated the taxi driver who allegedly drove him to the suspect’s home.
On November 8th by-passers found bones that were turned out to be remains of the missing man in Pankow district.
Investigators were led by a sniffer dog to the house of the 41-year-old suspect, this case of cannibalism was different when compared to earlier cases in Germany because there are no indications the victim consented in any way.
A short history of German cannibalism: Karle Denke murdered and cannibalized at least 42 people, mostly villagers, between 1903 and 1924 in his Münsterberg apartment in then Prussia. It is thought that he even sold the flesh of his victims at the Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) market as pork. A victim was able to escape and later police found cured human flesh in his home. Danke hung himself in his jail cell two days later.