Home of convict in infamous German cannibal case destroyed Lalrp


BERLIN — The previous dwelling of a person serving a life sentence for killing and consuming an acquaintance in a case that appalled Germany 20 years in the past burned down early Monday, police mentioned.

It wasn’t instantly clear what brought about the in a single day blaze within the small central city of Rotenburg an der Fulda, however police mentioned they weren’t ruling out arson, German information company dpa reported.

Mayor Christian Grunwald mentioned he hoped the fireplace would put an finish to frequent journeys to the location by individuals popping out of curiosity and for different causes.

“The wreck should be eliminated completely; it should not change into a pilgrimage web site,” he mentioned.

The half-timbered home belonged to Armin Meiwes, who was convicted of homicide and disturbing the peace of the lifeless, and was the scene of the crime. It had been empty for years.

Meiwes was arrested in December 2002 over the demise the earlier yr of Bernd Juergen Brandes. He has mentioned that Brandes answered his web posting in search of a younger man for “slaughter and consumption” and that Brandes needed to be stabbed to demise after ingesting a bottle of chilly medication to lose consciousness. Meiwes captured the killing on video.

In 2004, Meiwes was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8½ years in jail, however prosecutors appealed the decision.

Federal judges overturned that ruling and ordered a retrial, arguing that the decrease courtroom, in rejecting homicide costs, failed to provide enough consideration to the sexual motive behind the killing.

He was convicted of homicide and given a life sentence at a retrial in 2006.