‘I didn’t want to kill him’ Meiwes also maintained that Brandes had urged him to carry out further killings after his death.
Still, the defendant claimed he had hesitated before going through with the act.
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Police tracked down and arrested Meiwes in December 2002 after a student in Austria alerted them to a message Meiwes had posted on the Internet seeking a man willing to be killed and eaten.
After the death of his mother, Meiwes said he began a “second life” on the internet and stumbled upon chatrooms about cannibalism where there were people offering themselves to be eaten.
Meiwes met others in hotel rooms, where they role-played cannibalistic acts - but no one was willing to actually go through with it.
Before doing so Brandes swallowed twenty sleeping pills, and half a bottle of schnapps.
Brandes initially insisted that Meiwes attempt to bite his penis off.