Noted Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa died of pneumonia on Nov. 24, his brother and a friend said in a statement released by a book publisher. The killer, known for his memoirs, interviews and a documentary, was buried in a small circle. Sagawa was 73 years old.
Sagawa shot and raped a Dutch student at her home while studying abroad in Paris in 1981 and ate parts of her for three days. He was arrested when he tried to dispose of her remains in the Bois de Boulogne park.
Charges dropped – Sagawa remained at large
Experts believed that Sagawa was not of sound mind, which is why he was first placed in a psychiatric institution in France before being deported to Japan. Japanese authorities believed he was sane, but as charges were dropped in France, Sagawa was released.
Japanese ‘obsessed with cannibalism’
The Japanese never made a secret of his crime – in fact, he profited from it: in his novel-like memoirs (English title: “In the Fog”) he describes the act in great detail. He once told the medium “Vice” that he was “obsessed with cannibalism”. “My desire to eat a woman had become an obligation.”