This is a list about cannibalism, and needless to say, the crimes committed by these young people are disturbing and disgusting. So reader, please beware. If cannibalism isn’t your thing (and who could blame you?), then we highly recommend this list about cute animals, this one about life-saving civilian heroes, or this one about long-lost relatives reuniting.
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10 The Chijon Family
The Chijon Family was a gang that was founded in 1993 and based just outside of Seoul. The gang, which consisted of eight people, including a young woman, was led by 26-year-old Kim Ki-hwan. The gang had a severe hatred for rich people and decided to start exterminating them.
Over the span of a year, they kidnapped people who drove nice cars or shopped in expensive stores. They would then ask for ransoms. In one case, they received $100,000, but they never released their victims. Instead, they tortured and killed them, claiming seven lives in total. They also cannibalized some of their victims because they thought it gave them courage. After killing and eating some of their victims, they burned the bodies in an incinerator in the basement of their hideout.
The Chijon Family was caught in September 1994, after a woman they kidnapped escaped. She had been gang raped, forced to shoot a businessman, and forced to hold the head of her friend as he was suffocated to death via a plastic bag over his head.
When the Chijon Family was brought in front of the television cameras after they were arrested, they started talking about the wealth gap in South Korea. Gang member Kim Hyon-yang, age 22, said, “I feel pent-up anger and deep regret I could not kill all rich people.”
9 Jarno Elg, Terhi Tervashonka, And Mika Riska
In October 1998, a human leg was found in a garbage dump in Hyvinkaa, Finland. Shortly after the discovery, the body part was linked to four young Satanists—24-year-old Jarno Sebastian Elg, 17-year-old Terhi Johanna Tervashonka, 20-year-old Mika Kristian Riska, and an unidentified 16-year-old boy. After they were arrested, the foursome admitted to killing a 23-year-old man, who wasn’t identified in the press. The man was supposedly tortured for hours while the killers listened to the 1996 album The Cainian Chronicle by Norwegian black metal band Ancient. The man ultimately suffocated when they covered his face in duct tape. During the ceremony, they ate some of his body.
The crime was incredibly gruesome, and a 40-year media blackout was placed on the case. The three eldest members of the foursome were found guilty. The 16 year-old wasn’t found guilty because it was believed that the older people forced him to take part in the act. Elg was given a life sentence, Tervashonka was given eight years and six months, and Riska was given two years and eight months.
After being released from prison on June 7, 2007, Tervashonka, who was now going by the name Terhi Tukio, was again arrested for murder. She had gotten into an argument with a middle-aged man, and she killed him by hitting him in the neck with a bell hook. She was given nine years in prison. Elg, who was considered to be the ringleader in the satanic cannibalistic ceremony, was granted parole in December 2014.
8 Stanley Dean Baker
On July 11, 1970, fisherman found a torso in the Yellowstone River in Montana. At first, police had no idea who the torso belonged to. That would change two days later, when two men were arrested after trying to flee from a car accident near Big Sur, California. The men were 22-year-old Stanley Dean Baker and 20-year-old Harry Alan Stroup, both of Wyoming. The car they were driving wasn’t theirs; it belonged to 22-year-old social worker James Schlosser.
After talking with the police, Baker said that he and Stroup had split up for a while, and Baker, who was hitchhiking, was picked up by Schlosser. They went to Yosemite Park to go camping, but there were no available sites. Instead, they camped along the banks of the Yellowstone River. Baker said that he was high on LSD, and while Schlosser slept, he shot him. He then cut open Schlosser’s chest and ate his heart raw. After cannibalizing the heart, Baker dismembered the body into six parts with a 30-centimeter (12 in) blade and dumped the body in the river. After stealing Schlosser’s car, Baker reconnected with Stroup, and the two drove to Big Sur, where they had the accident.
Baker insisted that Stroup never had anything to do with the murder, but Stroup was found guilty of manslaughter. He was given a decade in prison but only did two years before being released. Baker was able to apply for parole after 12 years and was released in late 1986. Years later, the TV show A Current Affair caught up with Baker, and it turned out he was the leading salesman at a sporting goods store in Minnesota. He died from liver cancer on July 22, 1994.
7 Steven Craig Hurd
In the summer of 1970, California was still reeling from the unsolved ritualistic Tate-LaBianca murders that happened on August 9 and 10, 1969, in Los Angeles. So when two brutal murders happened in Orange County on the nights of June 2 and 3, 1970, a panic arose in the area. However, as we know, the Manson Family was responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders, but it turned out that the OC murders were committed by a completely different group—a satanic cult led by 20-year-old Steven Hurd, a barbiturate addict and drifter. Hurd’s disciples were other young street people—Christopher Giboney and Herman Taylor, both 17, and 16-year-old Arthur “Moose” Hulse. At first, the cult started off sacrificing small animals, but it soon decided that it was “permissible” to start killing humans.
At some point in early June, Hurd decided that he wanted to go to San Francisco to personally meet with the head of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey. To get money for the trip, Hurd and Hulse went to a gas station in Santa Ana in the early morning hours of June 2. At the gas station, they found 20-year-old Jerry Carlin, who was working the graveyard shift. They got Carlin into the bathroom, where they hacked him to death with a Boy Scout hatchet. Hurd said that after the murder, Hulse licked blood off the hatchet. Leaving Carlin’s hacked up body in the restroom, Hurd and Hulse robbed the gas station and stole Carlin’s jacket.
The next day, as the cult was about to leave Santa Ana, their car broke down. So they hijacked a car driven by Florence Nancy Brown, 31-year-old school teacher and mother of five. They drove her out to an orange grove, where Hurd stabbed her 21 times, and the group supposedly ate some of the body. Hurd would later tell a psychiatrist that he returned to the grave, ripped out Brown’s heart, and ate it. He said it tasted like chicken. When Brown’s body was found in a shallow grave 12 days later, strips of flesh were missing from her right leg, and her right arm was severed. Her heart and lungs were missing.
Three weeks after the murder, an informant told police that he’d spent a night in prison with someone who was wearing Carlin’s blood-covered jacket. The police found a homeless man wearing the jacket, and he said that Hurd gave it to him. The police brought Hurd in for questioning, and he admitted to both murders. He was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and sent to a mental institution, where he spent five years before being transferred to a maximum security prison.
Hulse was given a life sentence, while Giboney and Taylor were sentenced as juveniles. Hurd died on May 28, 2005. Amazingly, despite the sensational nature of his crimes, the media weren’t alerted to his death until 2010.
6 Maxim Glavatskikh And Yury Mozhnov
On a night in January 2009, Maxim Glavatskikh and Yury Mozhnov, both 20, were drinking with Mozhnov’s 16-year-old girlfriend Karina Barduchyan at an apartment in Saint Petersburg, Russia. At some point that night, the young men became “fed up” with Barduchyan, so they drowned her in the bathtub. After she was dead, they cut her body up with a meat cleaver and then cooked her with potatoes, onions, and seasoning. Once Karina was prepared, Glavatskikh, who had worked as a butcher, and Mozhnov, who was a florist, ate the teenage girl. After eating her, they cut up her body and discarded the remains throughout the city and the countryside.
Two weeks after she went missing, Barduchyan’s mother found love poems about Mozhnov in her daughter’s diary. Glavatskikh and Mozhnov were arrested, and they admitted to killing and cannibalizing her. Barduchyan’s mother found out about the crime from watching a televised news report.
When asked why they ate her, the pair said that they were drunk and hungry. Glavatskikh was given 19 years in prison, and Mozhnov was given 18 years.
5 Ivan L.
In mid-August 2011, a man, identified as 21-year-old Ivan L., lured a gay 32-year-old man over to his house in Murmansk, which is in the Russian Arctic near the Nordic countries. Once there, Ivan, who was a chef, told the man to get naked and get in the bathtub. Once in the bathroom, Ivan stabbed the unidentified man to death.
After he was dead, Ivan filled the bathtub and let the man soak to soften him up. After soaking for a bit, Ivan “cut him up into pieces, put the meat in a frying pan, added tomato sauce and oil, fried it up and ate it.” He also apparently made videos of him making the man’s flesh into patties and sausages, which he uploaded to the Internet. They were later taken down by the police.
Ivan was arrested, and he confessed to the murder and to consuming the man. He had to undergo a psychiatric examination and was looking at 15 years in prison. The outcome of this case could not be found.
4 Gregory Canatis
On May 5, 1977, police were called to the apartment that 20-year-old Gregory Canatis shared with his 41-year-old father, Theodore. They found the apartment empty and covered in blood. When they went to the kitchen, they found parts of a body in a skillet, hands in the freezer, and human muscles in the refrigerator. Hours later, they found Gregory outside and brought him to the police station. When he was asked why he ate his father, he said he didn’t want to waste “good meat.” When they asked him what the meat was like, he said that it was good and that it reminded him of steak.
Canatis was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and committed to a psychiatric hospital without being tried for the murder. The murder charge was eventually dismissed in 1980. In 1995, he was released for a short time and held a job as a grocery bagger. When the district attorney heard that Canatis had been released, he threatened to charge him again with the murder, so Canatis returned to the hospital.
3 Robert Ackermann
On August 26, 2007, in Vienna, Austria, Robert Ackermann, a 19-year-old from Cologne, Germany, got into an argument with his flatmate, 49-year-old Josef Schweiger. They were living in a flat that was used as short-term accommodation for homeless people. During the argument, Ackermann picked up a 10-kilogram (22 lb) dumbbell and beat Schweiger’s head, cracking his skull. After killing him, Ackermann wanted to look inside his body, so he cut Schweiger’s torso open from his pelvic area to his neck.
Ackermann showed the body to a cleaning lady, who contacted the police. When they arrived at the flat, they found Ackermann beside the body, and his mouth was covered in his victim’s blood. Also in the apartment, the police found a plate with Schweiger’s tongue and some of his brain on it. None of the organs from the torso were missing, but the police couldn’t rule out cannibalism. Ackermann confessed to drinking some of the blood because he wanted to see what it tasted like.
Ackermann, who became known as the “Cannibal of Vienna,” was diagnosed with schizophrenia and confined to a high-security mental institution. Ackermann said that he considered himself normal and that while in prison, he wanted to study medicine with the ultimate goal of becoming a surgeon.
2 Kevin Davis
On March 27, 2014, Kevin Davis, age 18, attacked his unsuspecting mother, Kimberly Hill, in their Corpus Christi, Texas, apartment. First, he tried to strangle her with a cord. When that didn’t work, he used a hammer to crack open her skull. To make sure she was dead (and this is where the story gets really gross) Davis stuck his hand into her head and mashed up her brain. Then, he got a knife and mixed the brain up some more. Afterward, he supposedly tasted some of the brain, which he said had the texture of putty. If that isn’t already going to be one of the worst things you picture all day, it gets worse: After murdering his mother, Davis lost his virginity to her corpse.
After killing his mother and defiling her dead body, Davis left the apartment but got tired of running a short time later. He walked up to the first house that he knew someone was in and rang the doorbell. When the homeowners answered the door, he calmly told them to call 911 because he had just murdered someone.
At the police station, detectives asked Davis if his mother said or did something that caused him to murder her, and he replied, “Absolutely nothing. I’m just a terrible, disgusting person.” They asked him if he was mentally ill or if he was insane, and he said he wasn’t. He just had fantasies about having sex with dead bodies. A psychiatrist also confirmed that Davis was not mentally ill.
Davis pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.
1 Michael Woodmansee
On May 18, 1975, five-year-old Jason Foreman was playing with his brother and a friend in a park near their home in South Kingston, Rhode Island. At some point, Jason decided to leave the park and was last seen walking toward his home, which was a short distance away. It was the day of his mother’s 25th birthday, and he never made it home. Sadly, the family wouldn’t know Jason’s fate until seven years later.
On April 15, 1982, a neighbor who lived just down the road from the Foremans, 24-year-old Michael Woodmansee, attempted to strangle a 14-year-old paperboy whom he had lured into his house. The young man escaped and told his father about the attack. The boy’s father was understandably angry, so he confronted Woodmansee and punched him. This led to the police being called, and Woodmansee was taken in for questioning. While talking with the police, he admitted that in 1975, when he was just 16 years old, he killed Jason Foreman by stabbing him in the heart.
The police searched Woodmansee’s bedroom and discovered that he had kept Jason’s bones as souvenirs in his room. After killing Jason, Woodmansee had dismembered his body and boiled the flesh off the bones, including the skull, and then polished them. Also found in the room was a journal that described the killing, including details about cannibalizing the body. Woodmansee said it was fiction, but the police believed that it was a description of the actual killing.
In an attempt to hurry the trial along, the Foremans agreed to a plea deal wherein Woodmansee pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and he received a 40-year sentence. This would come back to haunt them in 2011, since Rhode Island has a program that allows prisoners to shave time off of their sentences for good behavior. Through this, Woodmansee was eligible for parole after serving only 28 years. This caused an uproar in Rhode Island, and Jason Foreman’s father vowed to kill Woodmansee if he left jail.
A compromise was made when Woodmansee voluntarily committed himself to a state psychiatric hospital. Should he want to check out himself, hospital officials can try to have him committed.
Perhaps you picture Middle Eastern nations as so strict that murder is a rarity. Or maybe you imagine war-torn countries where slaughter is a regular occurrence rather than a shocking crime. In reality, the Middle East has its share of serial killers, just like any other region, but you’re not very likely to have heard of any of them.
10 Mohammed Bijeh
Mohammed Bijeh raped and killed 16 boys between March and September 2004 in Pakdasht, Iran. He tricked the boys into the desert by telling them that they were going hunting. Once he’d finished with them, he buried their bodies in shallow, sandy graves, earning him his nickname—the “Iranian Desert Vampire.”
Bijeh received 16 death sentences—one for each boy he killed—as well as 100 lashes for the rapes. He was publicly executed in Pakdasht on March 16, 2005, his execution attended by over 5,000 people who booed and threw stones at him as he was flogged. At one point, a brother of his one of his victims broke through the crowd and stabbed him in the back.
After receiving his lashes, Bijeh was tied to one end of a rope while the other end was attached to a crane. The crane then lifted him up by the neck till he died.
9 Adam Omar
Dubbed “The Sana’a Ripper,” Mohammed Adam Omar murdered 16 women at Sana’a University in Yemen, where he worked as a morgue attendant. He lured the ladies, all medical students, under the guise of helping them with their studies. Once they got into the morgue, the former boxer killed them with his bare hands. He cut off their hands and feet and soaked them in chemicals. He buried the remains but kept their bones as souvenirs.
His arrest came after the bodies of 21 female students were discovered buried on school grounds and dumped in school sewers. He initially confessed to 16 of the murders and even claimed responsibility for other crimes, saying he’d killed 51 women in Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, and Kuwait since 1975. He later retracted his statement and confessed to just two of the murders.
He said he couldn’t resist the urge to kill beautiful women and wanted to send them to heaven. He even told a female reporter that beautiful people like her shouldn’t be allowed to live, sending her running from the interview.
Omar was sentenced to death and was executed by firing squad near the school. He was also given 40 lashes—for the crime of drinking alcohol.
8 Mahin Qadri
Mahin Qadri is Iran’s first documented female serial killer. She was convicted for killing six people including five women between February 2008 and May 2009 in the city of Qazvin. Most of her victims were elderly women whom she picked up outside prayer houses.
Once they entered her car, she played mind games with them, telling them how much they reminded her of her own mother. She then offered them drugged juice to knock them out, after which she suffocated them to death and robbed them. In one instance, a victim regained consciousness, and she finished her off with an iron rod. But when one of her would-be victims escaped and alerted the police, Mahin’s spree came to an end.
Mahin claimed she committed the murders solely for the money, being £16,000 in debt. She also claimed to have taken tips from Agatha Christie novels, which are quite popular in Iran. Agatha Christie visited the country several times and even used it as the setting for one of her stories, “The House of Shiraz.”
Mahin was sentenced to death and was hanged in a prison in Qazvin.
7 George And Michel Tanielian
Brothers George and Michel Tanielian killed 11 people, mostly taxi drivers, in Lebanon’s Metn district, earning themselves the nickname “The Taxi Driver Killers.” They boarded taxis at night, and George would sit in front beside the driver while Michel would sit at the back. Once they got to a remote location, George would tell the driver to pull over so that he could relieve himself. As soon as the driver pulled over and George began to exit the vehicle, Michel would shoot the driver in the head. They’d then rob the body and set the car on fire.
Sometimes, they’d dump the body by the roadside and use the cab to carry other victims, whom they also robbed and killed. Lebanese intelligence officers once went undercover, posing as taxi drivers to catch the brothers. An agent once engaged them in a struggle, but they managed to escape.
The pair were arrested after police tracked a victim’s phone that they’d sold. Along with the two of them, police arrested three other brothers as suspects, until Michel confessed during questioning that he and George had carried out the killings. George and Michel were charged before a military court and were sentenced to death.
6 Ali Kaya
Known as the “Baby-faced Killer,” Ali Kaya murdered 10 people, mostly in Antalya province, Turkey.
He committed his first murder at the age of 18, killing his uncle. He was sent to prison but was released in March 2012, having been declared mentally unstable. He then killed three people and injured two others because they testified against him in court. He also killed one more person in his parents’ house.
He was rearrested in November 2013 and sent back to prison, but he escaped the following January during visiting hours. The moment Ali Kaya’s escape was discovered, the Police and Gendarmerie launched a manhunt.
Ali Kaya fled to Turkey’s Mesin and Adana provinces and probably tried crossing the border into Syria. He was later caught in a friend’s house in Antalya. With him were a gun and a list of 10 more people he was planning to kill.
5 Saeed Hanaei
Saeed Hanaei’s murders were known as “The Spider Killings” because he wrapped the bodies like a spider. All of his victims were prostitutes whom he picked up from the streets of Mashad, Iran. He took them to his house, where he strangled them with their headscarves and wrapped their bodies with their chadors. He then dumped their bodies on the streets. Once the body was found, Saeed would return to the scene and even help police in carrying the corpse into an ambulance.
Police found 19 bodies, and Saeed claimed responsibility for 16 of them, saying he’d have killed as many as 150 had he not been caught. He claimed to have started killing prostitutes after a driver mistook his wife for one. He described prostitutes as a “waste of blood,” as worthless to him as cockroaches.
The killings won Saeed many fans who said he fought indecency and vice. His 14-year-old son even defended him in court, saying his father was “cleaning the Islamic Republic of the corrupt of the Earth, and many would replace him if he was killed.” The boy claimed 20 people had told him to continue his father’s work, but he’d told them, “Let’s wait and see.” One fact that Saeed’s supporters didn’t realize was that he actually had sex with most of the prostitutes before killing them.
Saeed Hanaei was sentenced to death and was hanged on April 17, 2002.
4 Bilal Musa
Between 1994 and 1998, Bilal Musa and his wife Susan Ibrahim allegedly murdered 12 people in Jordan. They posed as journalists and salesmen to trick unsuspecting victims into their house, where they robbed and killed them. Bilal and Susan both fled to Libya in 1998 after their scheme was discovered, but they were arrested and extradited back to Jordan.
Bilal was sentenced to death for 7 of the 12 murders and to life imprisonment with hard labor for the robberies. His wife was convicted for one of the murders and also received a death sentence, which was later commuted to life imprisonment.
But in 2005, after Bilal’s execution, serial killer Zuhair Khatab confessed to killing one of the victims. A witness, who happened to be Musa’s friend, now claimed Musa had been tortured during questioning and coerced into claiming responsibility for that murder. The court, however, insisted that Bilal did actually kill the victim because his confession was consistent with evidence police had found at the murder scene.
3 Dr. Louay Omar Mohammed Al-Taei
Louay “Doctor Death” Al-Taei killed 43 patients at a hospital in Kirkuk, Iraq over the course of six months, starting in October 2005. All of his victims were Iraqi soldiers and policemen brought to the hospital for treatment. He killed them by switching off their breathing machines, cutting off electricity from operation theatres, reopening their wounds, or injecting them with lethal drugs.
Al-Taei carried out the killings for the Iraqi terrorist group Ansar Al-Sunna, which paid him $100 per kill. He also treated members of the group, helped them escape from hospitals, and taught them how to forge documents. These papers let them claim they’d been shot by US troops, making them eligible for treatment in a hospital in Mosul.
His first victim was an Iraqi police Lieutenant Arjuman, who was recovering after undergoing surgery. Al-Taei sneaked into his ward at night and switched off the oxygen supply. Ten days later, he killed four Iraqi National Guards by injecting them with Valium, Voltaren, and Decadron. Other victims included Kirkuk’s Deputy Police Director and his brother, a soldier.
Al-Taei was arrested in March 2006 after a captured senior Ansar Al-Sunna commander gave him up.
A Saudi Arabian man simply identified as Awdhah killed three Asian housemaids in Saudi Arabia between 2010 and 2012. While he killed fewer people than anyone else on this list, he got the most gruesome punishment—crucifixion.
The man picked his first victim up from a street in Yanbu city and took her to his guest house where he beat, raped, and dismembered her. His second victim, picked up in a car park and taken to an isolated area of the city, received the same treatment. Victim number three escaped before he could rape her, but he caught up to her in time to kill her anyway.
1 Ali Reza Kordiyeh
Nicknamed the “Tehran Vampire,” Ali Reza Kordiyeh was sentenced to death in 1997 for raping and killing nine girls and women in the city within four months.
He posed as a taxi driver to collect female victims, and he burned their bodies to make identification difficult. He once raped and killed a woman along with her nine-year-old daughter. He stabbed another victim 30 times.
Kordiyeh was arrested at a shopping mall for behaving suspiciously and was only identified as a serial killer after his features matched a sketch provided by two would-be victims who had escaped. He was sentenced to death 10 times over and was also flogged 214 times.
He was publicly executed close to where he had killed his victims, his execution attended by 10,000–20,000 people. Many slept at the site overnight. Some even climbed electric poles to get a better view. About 1,000 policemen controlled the crowd, and several streets were closed, causing a 3-kilometer (2 mi) traffic jam.
Ali Reza arrived at the execution grounds in an unmarked police vehicle, wearing a green prison uniform. Before his hanging, he was tied to a metal bed, and male relatives of his victims whipped with a leather belt. The crowd counted the strokes loudly.