Japan’s Hannibal Lecter ate human flesh to satiate sexual urges

Issei Sagawa killed and ate his Dutch classmate in 1981 when he was studying for a doctorate in Paris. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO – Any list of Japan’s most depraved criminals should include Issei Sagawa, who has been dubbed the “Kobe Cannibal” and Japan’s Hannibal Lecter after he rejoiced in killing and eating a woman in Paris.

A fictional character created by novelist Thomas Harris, Lecter is a serial killer who eats his victims and remains a respected forensic psychiatrist until his capture.

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