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This list contains information on killers who ate their victims, loosely ranked by fame and notoriety. Believe it or not, many convicted killers have been found to have eaten their victims. Some of the most famous cannibal killers had multiple victims and a few were apprehended after consuming their first victim. Many of the most famous cases of killers who ate their victims involved severe mental illness.

Who is the most famous killer who ate their victims. Jeffrey Dahmer is infamous for eating people. He committed the murder, rape, and dismemberment of 17 young men and boys from 1978 to 1991. He often placed the body parts of his victims in his refrigerator so he could eat them at a later time. Robert Maudsley was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man in 1974. While serving time at Wakefield Prison in Wakefield, England, he stabbed two fellow inmates, one of which he was accused of eating his brain.

Armin Meiwes's killing and cannibalism is one of the strangest because his victim actually agreed to be a part of the event. Meiwes placed an add on a website in 2002. Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes answered the add and agreed to let Meiwes amputate his penis, which both men attempted to eat.

Armin Meiwes


Armin Meiwes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Killers Who Ate Their Victims
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Armin Meiwes's cannibalism is one of the strangest because his victim actually agreed to be a part of the event. Meiwes' placed an add on the website Cannibal Cafe in 2002. Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes answered the add and agreed to let Meiwes amputate his penis, which both men attempted to eat.

Brandes lost a lot of blood from the initial amputation, but Meiwes eventually finished killed him by stabbing him in the throat. The entire incident was recorded on video tape. Meiwes was arrested when someone notified police that he was discussing the killing online.

Meiwes was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Age: 55

Birthplace: Essen, Germany

Profession: Computer repair technician


Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Killers Who Ate Their Victims
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Jeffrey Dahmer committed the murder, rape, and dismemberment of 17 young men and boys from 1978 to 1991. He often placed the body parts of his victims in his refrigerator so he could eat them at a later time. On July 22, 1991, a 32-year-old man named Tracy Edwards escaped from Dahmer's apartment after smelling a foul odor and noticing suspicious items throughout the residence.

Following Edwards' escape, he brought two police officers back to Dahmer's apartment where they found a large knife, photographs of dismembered bodies, and a dismembered head in the refrigerator. Dahmer was arrested and later sentenced to 16 life sentences.

On Nov. 28, 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death by Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution.

Age: Died at 34 (1960-1994)

Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Criminal

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Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Killers Who Ate Their Victims
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Albert Fish murdered, raped, and cannibalized many children in the early 1900s. He stated that that he raped at least 100 children and confessed to three murders. "First I stripped her naked. How she did kick - bite and scratch. I choked her to death then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms, cook and eat it," he stated in a letter to the family of his victim 10-year old, Grace Budd.

At trail, Fish was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was executed by the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison on Jan. 16, 1936.

Age: Died at 66 (1870-1936)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Andrei Chikatilo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Killers Who Ate Their Victims
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Andrei Chikatilo murdered and mutilated over 50 women and children in the Soviet Union from 1978 to 1990. After being arrested in 1990, he confessed to 34 murders, admitting that most of his victims suffered 30 to 50 stab wounds. He was often referred to as a cannibal by the media of the day.

In 1992, Chikatilo was found guilty of 52 murders and five counts of sexual assault, for which he was sentenced to death plus 86 years in prison. He was executed by gunshot on Feb. 14, 1994.

Age: Died at 58 (1936-1994)

Birthplace: Sumy Oblast, Ukraine

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