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Cannibal Killers
Cannibal Killers

Cannibal Killers

The Impossible Monsters


192 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: April 2009

ISBN 9780709085409

Rights: US & CA

Robert Hale (Apr 2009)

Price: $15.95


Chronicling the exploits of those few, uncommon criminals who have killed for flesh like Jeffrey Dahmer, this is a chilling look at anthropophagy—the eating of human flesh—the crime which shocks and stuns more than any other.

Moira Martingale traces the cannibalism phenomenon back to the 16th century to the notorious Sawney Bean who, together with his family, consumed more than 1,000 people over a period of 25 years. Modern murderers continue many of the same practices, including Fritz Haarmann—who would tear out young men's throats to drink their blood, before selling their flesh for meat; Jeffrey Dahmer, the murderer of 17 young men whose dismembered body parts were found in his apartment; Edward Gein—the role model for Hitchcock's Psycho—who after his mother's death began killing and eating women; and Andrei Chikatilo, the Russian cannibal who has the dubious reputation of being the worst cannibal killer in recent history. These crimes, and others, are explored, together with speculation about how such monsters are made. Is there a clinical explanation for vampirism? And when it comes to deciding whether these people are sane or insane, why are psychiatrists and lawyers not always in agreement?

Author Biography

Moira Martingale is a journalist, author and former columnist for national and regional newspapers. She is the co-author of Ghostbusters UK. Her interest in deviant behaviour stems from her studies of abnormal psychology as part of her degree. She also has a doctorate in Gothic Literature.