As is well documented, the infamous Japanese cannibal, sometimes referred to as 'The Godfather of Cannibalism', spent very little time in French prison, and was speedily returned to Japan for psychological assessment (finding: insane). Soon afterwards, he was released.
These scans are from a Japanese publication that, according to Sagawa himself, caused him a lot of trouble.
Although the book contains mostly Japanese text, there are 16 pages of truly grotesque crime scene photos, some of which I had never seen before.
I find this photo of the suitcase Sagawa dumped in a park to be the most disturbing. Note the severed foot.
The cannibal's decision to leave this item in a public place resulted in his apprehension.
If you're an admirer of John McNaughton's Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer, you will recall the final scene where Henry dumps a suitcase containing the dismembered body of his unofficial girlfriend Becky. Although the suitcase is sealed, we imagine its contents. The above photo comes close to what I imagined.
In a recent interview, Sagawa expressed his wish to be eaten by a beautiful woman. This raises some questions: Is this wish indicating a desire to be punished in kind for his crime? -- or is it an extension of his perversion?
Sagawa also explained that he is no longer obsessed with European women. His "tastes" have changed. He has finally found several Japanese women whose thighs, in particular, appeal to him.
An admitted "pervert", he lives a lonely life writing, reflecting, and appearing occasionally in the media.
When he was young, sex was "a taboo subject".
Seems that approach to the birds and bees worked out well, didn't it?!
"By shooting a bullet as small as my fingertip, I have hurt and changed many people"
-- from Issei Sagawa Part 1; h**p://vice.com