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German cop in dock over cannibalism website killing

Published on Aug 22, 2014 11:23 AM
Policemen search for evidence at the area where body parts were found on Nov 29, 2013 in Reichenau, eastern Germany. A German police officer will go on trial on Aug 22, 2014, accused of murdering a volunteer he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists. -- PHOTO: AFP

DRESDEN (AFP) - The trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden.

In a macabre case that captured global attention, prosecutors say the 56-year-old defendant, Detlef Guenzel, killed the man at his home last November, then cut his body into small pieces and buried them in his garden.

The dead man, 59-year-old Polish-born Wojciech Stempniewicz, had met Guenzel the month before on a website where users share slaughter and cannibalism fantasies.

A click on a dialogue box allows participants to say if they would like to take their experiences beyond the realm of the imagination.

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