Cannibal Killers: Monsters With An Appetite For Murder And A Taste For Human Flesh is definitely not a book for the squeamish. Author Chloe Castleden has scoured the globe for the most incredible stories of modern day cannibalism, and presents 20 of them here. While some of these cases may be more famous than others, all are equally gruesome. There are a number of sick minds out there, and Cannibal Killers takes us right into them.
In the twisted world of cannibals, some are more well-known than others. These include Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein, Edmund Kemper, and Alfred Packer. But Castleden has unearthed monsters from all over the planet, with stops in Russia, Germany, Japan, and even Merrie Olde England.
Obviously this is a cast of characters so demented and psychotic they are all beyond the pale. Still, a few stand out as even more twisted than others. Take the German mother and son cannibal team for instance. Lyudmila Spesivtsev and her boy Alexander had their own set of family values.
Their ritual began with Mom going out shopping at the local market. Walking home, she would spill her bags, and persuade friendly neighborhood kids to help her out. When they arrived at the apartment, the youngsters would be turned over to Alexander. He would then rape, torture, kill, and eat them.
For the gay cannibal couple of Ottis Elwood Toole and Henry Lee Lucas, sharing really was caring. They spent the Bicentennial summer of 1976 together, engaging in arson, murder, necrophilia, and, of course, cannibalism before being apprehended.
Amazingly, there is the story of a civic-minded cannibal. Daniel Rakowitz got tired of seeing homeless people in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, and decided to permanently remove some of them. His job in a soup kitchen enabled him to feed his victim’s remains to other transients.