November 4, 2013
Former police officer Detlev Günzel is involved in the death, dismemberment, and possible cannibalism of Wojciech Stempniewicz after the two met on a cannibal fetishist online community
According to court documents, Stempniewicz wanted to be killed and eaten “to fulfill his sexual desires” when he joined the cannibalism community. The men met in person on November 4, 2013 and Stempniewicz died in Günzel’s custom “S&M studio.” Originally, Günzel told police he killed Stempniewicz by slicing his throat. However, he later recanted this confession and during trial his defense team claimed Stempniewicz hanged himself. Despite how Stempniewicz was killed, Günzel then took a knife and an electric saw and butchered Stempniewicz’s corpse into small pieces and buried the pieces in his garden. During the dismemberment, Günzel made a 50-minute video which included a moment featuring a blood-covered Günzel muttering “I never thought I would sink so low.” There was no evidence Günzel ate any of Stempniewicz’s body, though some pieces, including his penis, were not recovered.
Günzel was originally sentenced to 8 years and 6 months. He was retried with an additional month added, and retried again. The third trial found that, while Stempniewicz was a willing participant, Günzel’s desire to kill him for the criteria of murder and his sentence was amended to life in prison.
Detlev Günzel at trial
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