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Trial of Armin Meiwes begins for previous Christmas dinner

A photograph of a Christmas calendar showing December 25th


This was a Christmas dinner straight out of a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale. Armin Meiwes had recruited a willing victim, the bisexual Bernd-Jürgen Brandes, to take part in his cannibal Christmas meal.

The main course was Brandes. During the trial, the court was shown a video that Meiwes made of the meal. It was found that Brandes had tried to chew on his own penis.

It was an unusual trial, not least from a legal standpoint, when it was found that cannibalism was not actually illegal in Germany...