Moira Martingale traces the cannibalism phenomenon back to the 16th century to the notorious Sawney Bean who, together with his family, consumed more than 1,000 people over a period of 25 years. Modern murderers continue many of the same practices, including Fritz Haarmannâ€”who would tear out young men's throats to drink their blood, before selling their flesh for meat; Jeffrey Dahmer, the murderer of 17 young men whose dismembered body parts were found in his apartment; Edward Geinâ€”the role model for Hitchcock's Psychoâ€”who after his mother's death began killing and eating women; and Andrei Chikatilo, the Russian cannibal who has the dubious reputation of being the worst cannibal killer in recent history. These crimes, and others, are explored, together with speculation about how such monsters are made. Is there a clinical explanation for vampirism? And when it comes to deciding whether these people are sane or insane, why are psychiatrists and lawyers not always in agreement?
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It is a crime that shocks and stuns more than any other. It is the ultimate in criminal depravity. It runs like a blood-red thread through novels like The Silence of the Lambs.
Now, take a grim and terrifying journey into the world of the cannibal killer¿
Ed Gein the twisted trophy hunter and role model for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, who liked to keep his victims' lips in a small bowl
Issei Sagawa a real natural-born killer, celebrated in song by the Rolling Stones and toasted by the Japanese art world after he killed and ate a Dutch co-ed
Jeffrey Dahmer the Milwaukee Murderer who kept souvenirs from most of his 17 victims, including three human heads in his refrigerator
Andrei Chikatilo history's worst cannibal killer who delighted in boiling and eating sawn-off body parts of his victims, often not bothering to kill them before the mutilation began
A chilling look at history's most repugnant criminals, Cannibal Killers is a horrifying story too shocking to believe-except that it's true.
Moira Martingale is a journalist, author and former columnist for national and regional newspapers. She is the co-author of Ghostbusters UK. Her interest in deviant behaviour stems from her studies of abnormal psychology as part of her degree. She also has a doctorate in Gothic Literature.
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