Photo 4 May 104 notes Famous Case Friday: Pari jinniku jiken (The Paris Human Flesh Incident)
Every Friday this blog will feature a famous or particularly interesting criminal case. Starting things off is Issei Sagawa, or, the most commercially successful cannibal in the world.
In 1981, Sagawa, then a University of Paris student, invited fellow classmate Renée Hartevelt to his apartment to study German poetry.  Once there, Hartevelt was shot in the neck with a rifle and consequently cannibalized.  More details on the murder can be found here.

“The public has made me the godfather of cannibalism, and I am quite happy about that.”

What is perhaps most interesting about the Sagawa case, beyond the intrinsic horror of cannibalism, is his treatment afterwards.  Through several paperwork and bureaucratic mishaps, Sagawa is currently out from behind bars and living comfortably in Tokyo.  He enjoys mild celebrity status, appears on talk shows, writes books, acts in pornographic exploitation films, and was the inspiration behind the Rolling Stones’ song “Too Much Blood.”  Sagawa also commentated on the Kobe child murders of 1997, where a 14-year-old boy murdered two other children.  In a shocking display of bad taste in even this circumstance, Sagawa was also once hired to write restaurant reviews.

He has authored at least 13 books, including explicit accounts of his own experiences. In one, he describes how the Dutch girl’s flesh “melted in [his] mouth like a perfect piece of tuna” (Celebrity).

This case raises several interesting questions.  Why were Sagawa’s crimes so easy to ignore?  Could this anomaly be attributed to cultural differences, or could the same thing happen in the West?  Given Americans’ tendencies to sensationalize murder through shows such as 48 Hours and Dateline, are criminals already achieving celebrity status?  

Famous Case Friday: Pari jinniku jiken (The Paris Human Flesh Incident)

Every Friday this blog will feature a famous or particularly interesting criminal case. Starting things off is Issei Sagawa, or, the most commercially successful cannibal in the world.

In 1981, Sagawa, then a University of Paris student, invited fellow classmate Renée Hartevelt to his apartment to study German poetry.  Once there, Hartevelt was shot in the neck with a rifle and consequently cannibalized.  More details on the murder can be found here.

“The public has made me the godfather of cannibalism, and I am quite happy about that.”

What is perhaps most interesting about the Sagawa case, beyond the intrinsic horror of cannibalism, is his treatment afterwards.  Through several paperwork and bureaucratic mishaps, Sagawa is currently out from behind bars and living comfortably in Tokyo.  He enjoys mild celebrity status, appears on talk shows, writes books, acts in pornographic exploitation films, and was the inspiration behind the Rolling Stones’ song “Too Much Blood.”  Sagawa also commentated on the Kobe child murders of 1997, where a 14-year-old boy murdered two other children.  In a shocking display of bad taste in even this circumstance, Sagawa was also once hired to write restaurant reviews.

He has authored at least 13 books, including explicit accounts of his own experiences. In one, he describes how the Dutch girl’s flesh “melted in [his] mouth like a perfect piece of tuna” (Celebrity).

This case raises several interesting questions.  Why were Sagawa’s crimes so easy to ignore?  Could this anomaly be attributed to cultural differences, or could the same thing happen in the West?  Given Americans’ tendencies to sensationalize murder through shows such as 48 Hours and Dateline, are criminals already achieving celebrity status?  

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