The Armin Meiwes/Bernd Brandes tape (lost death/dismemberment footage; 2001)


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The Armin Meiwes/Bernd Brandes tape
The confiscated tape, currently held by German authorities.
The confiscated tape, currently held by German authorities.
Status Lost

On the 9th of March, 2001, in Rotenburg, Germany, then-39-year-old Armin Meiwes (an IT technician) and Bernd Brandes (an engineer of roughly the same age) met after organising over the internet to have Brandes killed and eaten by Meiwes, who had developed a fetish for cannibalism over his lifetime.[1]

The two originally corresponded through a now-defunct fantasy cannibalism forum (fantasy in that the forum expressly advised anyone "incapable of separating artistic fantasy from reality" to "leave this site") after Meiwes posted an ad seeking a willing victim to be methodically killed for the purpose of being consumed. An archive of the forum in question, (i.e., The Cannibal Cafe), can still be accessed today via The Wayback Machine; several of Meiwes' posts (under the alias "Franky") are also available via said archive.[2]

After several failed attempts to bait a victim (at least one of which resulted in a potential victim meeting up with Meiwes, though later backing out), Meiwes' post eventually caught the attention of Brandes, who also had a cannibalism fetish, although differing from Meiwes' in that rather than consuming human flesh, he desired to be consumed. Shortly after his arrival, Brandes, still consenting, requested that Meiwes bite his penis off, although this proved too difficult and it eventually had to be cut off with a knife. Brandes then attempted to eat his penis raw, but was unsuccessful due to its chewiness, prompting Meiwes to fry it in a pan with some of Brandes' fat, combined with additional spices and marinades (though Meiwes ended up burning it to the point where it was inedible, after which he diced it up and fed it to his dog).

Following this, Brandes was placed in a bathtub, where he bled out for 3 hours as Meiwes read a Star Trek novel. He gave Brandes heavy doses of painkillers, sleeping pills and alcohol, kissed him on the forehead and then stabbed him in the throat; in a room specially prepared for the incident, Meiwes then proceeded to hang the body, before slowly dismantling it. The grisly event was found recorded in its entirety on a two-hour videotape found in Meiwes' camera upon his arrest in December of 2002 (having been reported to the authorities by a fellow member of The Cannibal Cafe, where Meiwes had previously revealed, in explicit detail, the goings-on between Brandes and himself, even advertising for a follow-up victim). Over the 10 months following the killing, Meiwes stored the body parts in his freezer and is said to have eaten up to 20 kilograms of Brandes' flesh.

The tape confiscated by the police, (now infamously sought-after amongst various gore websites/forums) has been held under lock and key by German authorities ever since; the only time it was shown to an audience was during Meiwes' trial, after which some attending journalists required therapy. 4 alleged screenshots from the video have come to light online, although their validity has never been officially proven or disproved.

Meiwes' original charge of manslaughter (carrying an eight-year sentence) was escalated to murder in a 2005 retrial; he is currently serving a life sentence in Kassel Prison, Germany.

Alleged screenshots

The following images have had their thumbnails pixellated on account of their NSFL content:


References

  1. Wikipedia article on Armin Meiwes. Last retrieved 06 Oct 2014.
  2. Archive of The Cannibal Cafe, via The Wayback Machine; 02 Oct 2002. Last retrieved 04 Oct 2014.

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Comments


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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
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i heard the pictures are fake
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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That's true. But maybe not, we can't be entirely too sure that it's a fake. Depends if the information given is reliable.
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Anonymous user #19

28 days ago
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Armin himself actually confirmed these pictures, in one of the documentary comment sections on youtube someone linked to it

I'm on my phone now but I'm pretty sure this is old news anyways
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Anonymous user #3

8 months ago
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A family member of mine has been involved in the trial and I can confirm that these are genuine.
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Dash Master 48

21 days ago
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Proof?
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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Ich heiße Adolf Meiwes Armin's Enkel
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Dycaite

8 months ago
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Wirklich?
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Anonymous user #5

8 months ago
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Omg they are fucking sick I think I'm gonna vomit I don't think that these pictures are fake BTW thanks
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Anonymous user #6

7 months ago
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man now im hungry
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Anonymous user #7

7 months ago
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Sorry, but why are people even looking for this? It's 'lost', sure, but do you really want this stuff made available for our consumption? WTF.
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Anonymous user #8

7 months ago
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Lost Media Wiki merely documents lost media. Whether or not anyone starts looking for it is entirely up to the individual.
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Anonymous user #7

7 months ago
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Usually the narrative of this site goes like this.

Media is lost. -> Media is found. -> Media is released/archived/whatever so that it's no longer missing. -> People rejoice.

But... this kind of thing is exactly where it belongs. In the archives of the police in Germany.
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Asdfgh

6 months ago
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I was sceptic about that these footages are authentic. Accidentally I came across this documentary where they explore the house:

https://www....=0IyKd8NhBy8

check the 28:00 minute and compare with the pictures where the body is hanging from the celling. It seems to be the same place. Let me know what you think but really the wall the floor, the brown table and everything is the same. The marks also are on exactly the same positions. Let me know what you think because Im also wondering if its fake or no :)
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Dycaite

6 months ago
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Oh cool, nice find! You're absolutely right, the brown table to the left (and the positioning of the drawer on it), the positioning of the hook shown in the video - it's the same place. Nice to have confirmation of their legitimacy!
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APerson

6 months ago
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Oh god the pictures actually are real
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Anonymous user #9

6 months ago
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What the fuck did I just read...
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Anonymous user #14

5 months ago
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I was expecting something fucked up, but nothing like this
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Anonymous user #10

5 months ago
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I feel sorry for the people who decided to unpixelate those photos.
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Anonymous user #11

5 months ago
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Especially that last picture. I will never get over the horrificness of that last picture.
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Anonymous user #12

5 months ago
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W.E.A.K
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Flashbcaks

5 months ago
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  • clicks on thumbnail
  • immediately regrets it. oh dear lord.....
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Dash Master 48

3 months ago
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The thumbnails didn't look so bad to me.

Just pretend they are plastic bodies.
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Anonymous user #13

5 months ago
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God I want to see that video!!#@#
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Anonymous user #15

4 months ago
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You sure about that?
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Anonymous user #16

3 months ago
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The pictures aren't incredibly damaging, and the last one is just a pose
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Bond

3 months ago
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People do some weird shit just for kicks, I saw some weird shit on this site, another Armin in the making

http://www.b...com/0000383/
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Anonymous user #17

3 months ago
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awesome, when i saw the interview i heard armin say that he chopped the body in half , i thought horizontally but he actually wanted to consume one side at a time , with both sides being similar so he cut it vertically , i wonder how he felt when he put the ARMIN the oven , must've tasted like chicken though , man i'm hungry now
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Anonymous user #18

3 months ago
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Has the cannibal cafe has been taken down?
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Emolga-girl

1 months ago
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Yes
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