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Why Cannibalism Is Bad for Your Health

Can cause a pretty awful-sounding disease: Gizmodo

(Newser) - Have you ever wondered if would be OK—healthwise, not morally speaking—to feast on a fellow human? If so, Gizmodo has some answers. The strongest case against cannibalism is a version of mad cow disease or Creutzfeld-Jacob disease known as kuru to the Fore people of Papua New Guinea.... More »

Octopus Love Involves Strangulation, Cannibalism

Scientists observe one killing, eating her partner

(Newser) - Some guys fall asleep after a little love-making. But if you’re a male octopus, that nap can be more like eternal rest. Two scientists have detailed how carnal relations between a lady octopus and her lover can prove fatal for the male, especially if he’s not that well-endowed,... More »

What's a Cannibal's Caloric Intake?

Eating an arm would offer about 1.8K calories

(Newser) - Popular Science has some nutritional information for Hannibal Lecter: It's probably best not to eat an entire human at once. Scientist James Cole finds that a whole person probably contains about 81,500 calories—about 40 times more than your recommended daily value. But individual pieces of person... More »

'Cannibal' Cop's Conviction Overturned

Sick emails don't constitute conspiracy, judge decides

(Newser) - The former New York City cop who fantasized about kidnapping, torturing, and eating women is definitely a disturbing individual, but he's not guilty of conspiracy to kidnap, a judge has decided. In a ruling issued late last night, a federal judge overturned the conviction of Gilberto Valle, saying the... More »

Man Eats Own Hip, Calls It Art

'It was goaty,' Alexander Selvik Wengshoel says

(Newser) - A Norwegian art student says the deformed hip that caused him a lifetime of pain became something much more pleasant when boiled and served with potatoes. Alexander Selvik Wengshoel, 25, says he spent a year convincing doctors to let him keep the bone after an operation to replace it, and... More »

Twisted Tale of Corpses, Cannibalism Riles Pakistan

It's not the first time the 2 brothers are accused of eating human corpses

(Newser) - The smell was foul, but the aftermath is shaping up to be much worse. The dark case that has swept Pakistan's attention, and began, sort of, with complaints to police about an unpleasant odor coming from the rural home of Muhammad Arif. Police in Punjab Province's Bhakkar district... More »

German Cop May Have Killed Man, Eaten Him

Two men met on cannibal website

(Newser) - A police officer in eastern Germany may have eaten parts of a man he allegedly murdered after the pair met on a cannibalism website. Police found remains of the 59-year-old victim on the officer's property in Saxony, der Spiegel reports via the tabloid Bild. "The agreement (between the... More »

Man Who Plotted to Imprison Child Gets 27 Years

Cops found dungeon in his Mass. home

(Newser) - A sentencing today in Worcester, Mass., makes for rough reading: Prosecutors say 40-year-old Geoffrey Portway plotted to kidnap a child and then imprison, torture, kill, and cannibalize him in his homemade dungeon, reports the Boston Globe . The feds arrested Portway and a co-conspirator before anyone was abducted and seized a... More »

Man Planned to Kidnap, Eat Kids: Cops

Geoffrey Portway also allegedly exchanged child porn

(Newser) - A British citizen living in Boston is accused of planning to kidnap, rape, and eat children, police say. Geoffrey Portway’s home was searched by authorities last year after police caught wind of some disturbing online chats coming from his computer. Newsy reports: More »

Girl's Skeleton Confirms Cannibalism at Jamestown

Scientists say her remains bear evidence

(Newser) - Scientists say they have the first physical evidence of a grisly truth from Jamestown: Colonists in the brutal winter of 1609 resorted to cannibalism, reports USA Today . Anthropologists studying the partial remains of a teenage girl—including her skull, jaw, and leg bone—say they bear the unmistakable marks of... More »

'Cannibal Cop' Found Guilty, Faces Life

Jury took 16 hours to decide Gilberto Valle serious about sick plans

(Newser) - Gilberto Valle, the so-called "cannibal cop," was found guilty today on all charges related to his plan to kidnap, torture, and eat several women, including his wife, reports the New York Post . Valle's attorney argued his depraved online chats were just fantasies and fiction, but the jury... More »

'Cannibal Cop' Wife: He Wanted to Gag Me, Slit My Throat

Defense says Gilberto Valle's alleged plans were fantasy

(Newser) - The wife of a New York City police officer accused of plotting rape, murder, and cannibalism has offered disturbing testimony in the case, the New York Times reports. She discovered Gilberto Valle's online chats on her computer, she says; he was discussing his plans with like-minded people. "I... More »

North Koreans Eating Their Own Kids: Reports

Cannibalism on the rise amid food shortage, informants say

(Newser) - Rumors of cannibalism are emerging from North Korea during a food shortage that may have killed 10,000 people last year, Global Post reports. In one gruesome tale, authorities allegedly executed a father for killing and eating two of his kids: "While his wife was away on business he... More »

Lobsters Going Cannibal, Eating the Little Ones

Infrared cameras record the attacks in Gulf of Maine

(Newser) - Lobsters are so overpopulating the Gulf of Maine that they've discovered a tasty new meal: each other. Researchers from the University of Maine have found that young lobsters tethered by rope to the ocean floor—and watched with an infrared camera—are almost always eaten by bigger lobsters rather... More »

NYPD Cop Accused in Cannibal Plot Is Denied Bail

Officer Gilberto Valle allegedly planned to kidnap, eat victims

(Newser) - A judge has ordered a New York City police officer accused of plotting to torture women and cook and eat their body parts detained without bail after his initial appearance in federal court. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman said at today's hearing that the allegations against 28-year-old Gilberto Valle were... More »

Cult Busted for Eating Sorcerers

New Guinea group thought witch doctors were charging too much

(Newser) - Twenty-nine members of an alleged cannibal cult have been arrested in Papua, New Guinea, for allegedly hunting, killing, and eating at least seven sorcerers, police revealed today. They allegedly ate their victims' brains raw and made a soup from their penises, the AFP reports. The gang was part of a... More »

No Actual Flesh Found in Stomach of Miami Face-Eater

Autopsy finds undigested pills, but what kind not known yet

(Newser) - Whatever the cause of Rudy Eugene's horrifying attack on a homeless 65-year-old in Miami two weeks ago, it looks like he was not actually eating Ron Poppo's face. No human flesh was found in Eugene's stomach, according to preliminary autopsy results, reports the New York Daily News... More »

Girlfriend: I Felt Safe With Face-Eater

Eugene was religious, only smoked pot: Yovanka Bryant

(Newser) - The woman who dated the Miami man shot to death by a police officer as he chewed off a vagrant's face said she always felt "safe" with him. Rudy Eugene, 31, was religious, never violent, and the strongest drug he used was pot, insisted Yovanka Bryant, who dated... More »

Face-Eating Site Now a Tourist Attraction

Scene of horrific attack added to Miami crime tour

(Newser) - It's unlikely to make it into any "Visit Miami" promotional material, but the site where one man chewed off another's face last month has become the city's newest tourist attraction. The crime scene on the MacArthur Causeway off-ramp has been added to the "Mystery &... More »

Fight for Luka Magnotta 'Far From Over'

Police looking into unsolved cases for connections to Magnotta

(Newser) - The manhunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta is over , but Canadian police say the investigation—and the fight to bring him to justice—is just beginning, reports CNN . Magnotta is set to appear in Berlin court today, but even though Canada and Germany have a mutual extradition treaty, Magnotta's extradition... More »

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