Former German police officer is retried on cannibalism case
December 6, 2016
Last year, Detlev Günzel, 58, a former German police officer, was sentenced to a reduced time of eight years for the 2013 murder of Wojciech Stempniewicz. His conviction was overturned because Günzel has claimed Stempniewicz killed himself and there is no evidence against it.
The reduction was because of the victim’s desire for Günzel to kill him. The victim’s girlfriend has said they had made wedding plans and believes that Günzel had kidnapped Stempniewicz in Dresden and has previously showed no sign of wanting to die.
After investigation police officers said that they met on an cannibalism website, and that Stempniewicz had sent a message to Günzel saying, “Kill me and eat me up. Günzel was convicted for the killing of Stempniewicz, 59, and was said to have killed him in order to”fulfill his sexual desires.” As investigation continued, a garden was found in Günzel’s home to have contained body parts of his victim’s but there was no evidence that he actually ate his victims.