Cannibalism remains one of the strangest and most disgusting crimes a person can possibly commit, and famous cannibal serial killers possess a level of infamy unique to their crimes. While some cultures around the world cannibalize as part of their society, the lone cannibal killers in this list acted on their own selfish and twisted impulses. Childhood abuse and psychological trauma account for many of these cannibals' motives, but many simply wanted to know what human flesh tasted like, and used dirty methods to find out. In some cases, these cannibals roam free, either escaped from their holding cells or released on a technicality.
In addition to eating victims' flesh, cannibal murderers performed all types of psychological and physical torture not only on their victims but also their relatives. Some killers even tricked people into eating human flesh. Hailing from all around the world, from urban epicenters to rural villages, cannibal killers know no restrictions when it comes to location. Read further if you dare, but be warned; this isn't a list to peruse during your lunchbreak.
Mother Tried To Eat Her Newborn Baby
Shortly after giving birth to her newborn son, 24-year-old Li Zhenghua clamped her jaws down on the infant's arm. When a nurse attempted to save the child, Zhenghua tightened her bite, requiring multiple workers to loosen it. Hospital staff eventually pried the woman's mouth open and rescued the little boy, but not before he sustained heavy bruising and bleeding. The hospital sedated Zhenghua. and transferred her child to a more secure room in the hospital.
Authorities never determined what went wrong, but apparently, Zhenghua lived on the streets for several weeks after her mother-in-law kicked her out of the house due to her unusual behavior. The family didn't tell anyone Zhenghua was pregnant, and she was only rushed to the hospital when strangers saw her going into labor.
Matthew Williams's Last Meal Was His Female Victim
Suspected murderer Matthew Williams, 34, had just been released from prison a few weeks, after served a five-year prison sentence for a violent attack on his partner. While at the hotel, which also served as a bail hostel, Williams lured a young woman back to his room despite the building's rules against guests. When staff came to his room to notify Williams of the policy, they found him eating the woman's face off.
According to Jill Edwards, a local resident who described Williams as "an animal," they entered his room after not getting a response from Williams. This attack would prove to be his last, as he was struck by a high voltage taser when apprehended by police. Though formally arrested following the tasing, William became "unresponsive" moments later and died.
Albert Fish: Serial Killer, Rapist And Cannibal
Born Hamilton Howard Fish on May 19, 1870, the man who would later be known as "The Gray Man," "The Werewolf," "The Brooklyn Vampire," and "The Boogey Man," grew up in an orphanage. Albert Fish, the name he chose to go by, horrifically spent his early years drinking urine and eating feces. By 1890, he lived in New York City and became a male prostitute. At that time, he also started raping young boys under the age of six.
A male lover once took him to a wax museum where he saw and was fascinated by a bisection of a penis (which is when a penis is split directly in half), which led to his obsession with castration. He wound up trying this on a few of his victims.
Fish boasted that he abused, tortured, or even cannibalized one child in every U.S state, but was only ever actually suspected of and convicted for about eight of them. The case that made him famous (as it led to his final arrest) was the abduction and murder of Grace Budd. He pretended to be taking her to his niece's birthday party, to which her parents consented, but Budd was never brought back.
He later sent a letter to her parents that described exactly how he coerced her into trusting him. It also contained details about how he killed her and ate some of her flesh. He was executed via the electric chair in 1936, with his "final statements" withheld by his lawyer for being "the most filthy string of obscentities."
Vince Weiguang Li Beheaded A Man While On Public Transportation
In 2012, Vince Weiguang Li, who recently acquired Canadian citizenship, suffered a break with reality. Eight years prior, Li claimed "the voice of God" began speaking to him, which told him he was the second coming of Jesus destined to fight against an alien invasion. While traveling on a Greyhoud bus, Li snapped and began stabbing fellow passenger, Tim McLean, believing the man to be one such alien.
Li wound up decapitating McLean while on the bus, in full view of everyone else on it, and then began eating pieces of the man's flesh and licking blood off of his hands. Needless to say, the bus stopped and everyone fled, leaving Li on the bus where he continued to slice McLean's body into small pieces until the authorities intervened. Li has since been diagnosed with schizophrenia.