‘In his own comic, written and drawn by himself, Issei Sagawa details the savage murder he did in 1983.’
Renée Hartevelt, murdered and cannibalized by Issei Sagawa on June 11th 1981. He checked his self out of a mental institute in August 1981 and has been a free man ever since.
“I want to die suffering, slowly torn apart alive, so that I will never commit another crime again.”
- Issei Sagawa
Interview With A Cannibal- Issei Sagawa
Issei Sagawa murdered an innocent woman and spent three days eating her flesh. Due to loopholes in the law, Issei is a free man to this day.
Issei Sagawa is a Japanese man who in 1981 murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt in Paris. In 1986 he was extradited to Japan and upon arrival, he was immediately taken to Matsuzawa hospital, where examining psychologists all found him to be sane, stating that sexual perversion was the sole motivation for the murder. Japanese authorities found it to be legally impossible to hold him, because the French government refused to release court documents (which remain secret), to Japan, claiming that the case was already dropped in France. As a result, Sagawa checked himself out of the mental institution on August 12, 1986, and has been a free man ever since.
On June 11, 1981, Sagawa, a 32-year-old student of Comparative literature, invited Hartevelt to dinner at his 10 Rue Erlanger apartment under the pretense of translating German poetry for a class he was taking. Upon her arrival, after convincing her to begin reading the poetry, he then shot her in the neck with a rifle while she sat with her back to him at a desk. At that point he began to carry out his plan of eating her. His first attempt to bite into her buttocks met with failure so he proceeded to go out shopping for a butcher knife. She was selected, he has stated, for her health and beauty, those characteristics Sagawa believed he lacked. Sagawa describes himself as a “weak, ugly, and inadequate little man” (he is just under 5 ft (1.52 m) tall) and claims that he wanted to “absorb her energy”.
Sagawa said he fainted after the shock of shooting her, but awoke with the realization that he had to carry out his desire to eat her. He did so, beginning with her buttocks and thighs, after having sex with the corpse. In interviews, he noted his surprise at the “corn-colored” nature of human fat. For two days, Sagawa ate various parts of her body. He described the meat as tasting like raw tuna. He then attempted to dump the mutilated body in a remote lake, but was seen in the act and later arrested by the French police who found parts of the deceased still in his refrigerator.
In 2011, he consented to an interview in which he claims to be depressed, almost broke, and impotent.
“I want to die suffering, slowly torn apart alive, so that I will never commit another crime again.” Issei Sagawa
“There is no known perversion that Albert Fish did not practice,” wrote the prison psychiatrist who interviewed 66-year-old Albert Fish in 1934. A housepainter and father of six children, Fish also happened to be a multiple killer, child molester, and cannibal. Claiming to have attacked over 100 children. This he revealed in a confession so shocking that even the prosecuting attorneys were loath to read it aloud in court. Albert fish had been born in Washington, DC, his father, a riverboat captain, was seventy-five at the time. Various members of the family had mental problems and one suffered from religious mania. One brother was fibble-minded and another an alcoholic. His father died when Fish was five years old, and he was placed in an orphanage, from which he regulary ran away. When he was 49 years old, his wife left him for another man. After that, Fish’s personality steadily deteriorated while his behavior became increasingly bizarre, and finally murderous. His victims were children who were deceived into his clutches by his friendly manner and grandfatherly appearance. A vicious sadist who performed unspeakable tortures on young victims. Fish also a masochist who forced his own children to beat him. He also liked to collect news clippings on latter-day cannibals like Fritz Haarmann, otherwise known as “The Hanover Vampire.”
In 1928, Fish indulged his taste for human flesh on a 12-year-old girl named Grace Budd. She was the daughter of parents who knew and trusted Fish. When fish offered to take her to a party for children, they l et him do so without any misgivings. Instead of a party, Fish took Grace to his cottage in Westchester county, New York. Stripping himself naked, Fish strangled the child, and then beheaded and dismembered her with a meat cleaver. He then cooked her body parts into a stew seasoned with onions and carrots. Albert Fish then consumed this grisly repast down to the last awful morsel, then he vanished. Several years later, Grace’s parents recieved a letter from fish, telling them exactly what he had done to their little girl. The letter he had sent to the girl’s parents was traced back to a rented room in Manhattan. Fish was apprehended and brought to trial soon after. The jury discounted his insanity plea and sentenced him to death by electric chair.
A routine X-ray revealed 29 seperate needles inserted around his groin, several were large sailmaker’s needles, which were endangering his bladder and vital organs. Fish confessedthat he had been inserting and removing needles for years. He also liked sticking needles into his child victims. He always seemed to enjoy inflicting pain, even soaking bits of cotton wool, saturating them with alcohol, inserting them in his rectum and setting fire to them. He was executed on January 16, 1936. In New York’s Sing Sing. While waiting to be executed, in his final minutes, he remarked that this was “the supreme thrill, the only one I haven’t tried.” He even help the executioner to attach the electrodes to his leg. In his own words “I learned to like the taste of human flesh many years ago during a famine in China. It is something like veal. Little girls have more flavour than little boys.”
“I am amazed. She’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Tall, blonde, with pure white skin, she astonishes me with her grace. I invited her to my home for a Japanese dinner. She accepts. After the meal I asked her to read my favorite German Expressionist poem. As she reads i can’t keep my eyes off her. After she leaves I can still smell her body on the bed sheet where she sat reading the poem. I lick the chopsticks and dishes she used. I can taste her lips. My passion is so great. I want to eat her. If I do she will be mine forever. There is no escape from this desire.”
During Andrei Chikatilo’s trial, he was placed into a cage to protect himself from the victims families. During the trial Chikatilo appeared insane, yelling “One day he removed his clothes and waved his penis at the crowd shouting:“Look at this useless thing, what do you think I could do with that?”