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The man was arrested on Wednesday at his workplace in the eastern city of Dresden and told investigators that he fatally stabbed the victim in the throat on Nov. 4, hours after the two met in person for the first time.
Dresden prosecutor Erich Wenzlick said Friday that the suspect allegedly chopped up the victim’s body and buried pieces in his garden.
He said that he then chopped the body up into multiple pieces. The suspect pointed officers to a number of places in the yard of his property, south of Dresden, where he had buried the remains, city police chief Dieter Kroll said at a televised news conference.
The killing happened about a month after the pair first met in an internet chatroom, police said. The 59-year-old victim, whose name wasn’t released, traveled across the country by bus from Hannover to the meeting about 400 kilometers away.
Police started looking into the case when the victim was reported missing Nov. 11 by a colleague. Two days later, witnesses told officers that “the missing man had fantasized since his youth about being killed and eaten by another person,” Kroll said.
There is no indication at this point that the suspect ate body parts, police said.
Investigator Maik Mainda said the victim and the suspected killer maintained “very intense contact by chat, by mail, by SMS but also by telephone” after first becoming acquainted in early October. The website they used says it deals with “exotic meat.”