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    18 Cannibals Who Will Disgust You, Then Freak You The Fuck Out


    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which cannibals freak them out the most. Here are the most disgusting results.

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    1. Omaima Nelson

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    The former model was convicted in California in 1993 of killing, dismembering, and cooking the ribs of her own husband in November '91. She insisted that she acted in self-defense, and that anything she did following the murder happened because she "freaked out" when she saw the blood.

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    2. Tamara Samsonova, "The Granny Ripper"

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    Samsonova is a 71-year-old Russian woman who murdered and ate at least 11 people and kept a diary detailing her crimes. She killed her friend by drugging her salad with sleeping pills and using a handsaw to dismember her while she was still alive.


    3. Tsutomu Miyazaki

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    Miyazaki was executed in 2008 after being convicted of killing four young girls in 1988 and 1989 in Japan. After murdering each victim, he slept next to their bodies, drank their blood, and ate some of their body parts. He never said he was sorry, and even told a psychologist that despite his crimes, he was a "gentle man."


    4. Armin Meiwes, aka "The Master Butcher"

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    In 2001, Miewes posted an ad online, saying he was looking for someone to eat. One man was interested, showed up, took 20 sleeping pills, and downed schnapps before Meiwes cut off his penis and fried it for the both of them to share. The man died, and Meiwes was sentenced to life in prison in 2006.

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    5. Issei Sagawa

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    The Japanese man fell for a woman named Renée Hartevelt while he was in France in 1981, and invited her to visit where he was staying. There, he snuck up behind her and shot her in the head. He ate her flesh for three days until he was caught in a park with two suitcases filled with her dismembered body parts.


    6. Ottis Toole

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    Though he worked with another murderer named Henry Lee Lucas to kill six people in Florida and Texas until the early '80s, Toole was the only one who ate a victim. He removed part of the person's leg and barbecued it. He was given five life sentences in 1983, and died in 1996 of cirrhosis, a disease found in the liver.

    7. Olesya Mostovschikova

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    While Mostovschikova's own son watched, she axed her friend to death before cooking and eating the body parts. After her 2009 arrest, she admitted to police that she "cut off her ears, gauged out one eye, cut off an arm, and a hand... [then] cooked these body parts in the oven." She's currently serving a 15-year prison sentence.


    8. Albert Fish

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    Fish met up with a man named Edward Budd in 1928 with the intention of killing and eating him. But when he met Budd's 10-year-old sister, Grace, he decided to eat her instead. He then wrote a letter to Grace's parents, saying she tasted "sweet and tender."


    9. Vince Li

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    While aboard a packed Greyhound bus in 2008, Vince Li stabbed and beheaded a 22-year-old man. He proceeded to sever the rest of the man's body parts and eat them in front of passengers. He was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness, and is currently free.


    10. Andrei Chikatilo, the Rostov Ripper

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    On the outside he seemed relatively normal: He worked as a telephone engineer, then as a schoolteacher. But in 1978, Chikalito began mutilating, raping, and killing young women. In many cases, he actually ate their genitals or cut off the tips of their tongues. He was convicted in 1992 and executed in '94.


    11. Kevin Ray Underwood

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    He kidnapped and murdered his neighbor, a 10-year-old girl, in 2006. Underwood admitted that he tried to remove her head, claiming his "cannibalistic fantasies" had taken over, but said he got too digusted and didn't actually end up eating her body. He's currently on death row.


    12. Karl Denke

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    Denke was a serial killer who beat over 30 victims in Germany to death with an axe starting in 1909. When he was arrested in 1924, cops found a notebook containing the details of every person Denke killed and ate over the years — including some flesh he'd sold to unsuspecting shoppers at a nearby market. He hung himself in jail later that year.

    13. Alferd Packer

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    During a hiking trip in 1874, a harsh winter left him desperate for food to survive — so he lived off the flesh of five of his buddies. Once he revealed the details of his crimes to authorities, he hid for nine full years before getting sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder. Weirdly, the University of Colorado Boulder named a dining hall after him.


    14. Joe Metheny, "The Cannibal"

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    Metheny admitted to around eight murders since 1976, where afterward he'd mix the flesh of his victims with animal meat. He would then sell the meat in burger form to unsuspecting customers at his food stand, and has said, "The words 'I'm sorry' will never come out, for they would be a lie."

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    15. Katherine Mary Knight


    She stabbed her husband to death in 2001, skinned him, cooked him, and placed his body parts on plates with place cards next to them. She intended to feed him to their children, but police arrived before that was possible. Knight was the first Australian woman to be given life imprisonment without parole.


    16. Jeffrey Dahmer, aka "The Milwaukee Cannibal"

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    He raped, killed, and dismembered 17 boys and men starting in the late '70s, and when police raided his home in 1991, they found body parts in the fridge. Among the scattered body parts, he'd make sandwiches for his unsuspecting neighbors. In the documentary The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, one of his neighbors, Pamela Bass, said she thinks every single day about how she probably ate human flesh by accident.


    17. Stanley Baker

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    Baker and a man named Harry Stroup, known together as the Yellowstone Killers, were pulled over for speeding in July 1970 — and it was then when Baker confessed to a bigger crime. He admitted that, in an LSD trance, he'd stabbed a man weeks prior, cut out his heart, and ate it raw. Baker was given a life sentence, but was paroled in 1985 for good behavior.

    18. And Leonarda Cianciulli

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    From 1939 to 1940, Cianciulli murdered three women and turned their bodies into soap and teacakes, which she ate and fed to unsuspecting friends. She died in an Italian prison in 1970.

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