Notorious cannibal killer dies aged 73 after eating a classmate & admitting he craved flesh of 'beautiful women' | The Sun

NOTORIOUS cannibal killer Issei Sagawa of Japan killed and ate a Dutch student in 1981 has died.

Sagawa died of pneumonia in late November, and had a private funeral with only his relatives, according to his younger brother.

In 1981, he brutally murdered, rape and consumed Dutch student Renee Hartevelt after luring her to his apartment in Paris.

The disturbed Sagawa befriended Hartevelt, before shooting her in the neck one evening and then eating her in the days following.

He called a taxi after a few days passed, and placed her body in two large suitcases to discard in a Parisian park.

The taxi driver had joked that Sagawa's bags must have a dead body in them, as they were so heavy.

Two joggers noticed Sagawa attempting to discard the luggage which was dripping blood, and called the authorities immediately.

Police discovered Hartevelt's remains in the suitcases, and promptly arrested Sagawa.

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In 1986, a legal loophole allowed him to walk free from French prison, and he became a celebrity and porn star in his own country after the disturbing crimes.

Before murdering the young Hartevelt, he had often hired sex workers with the intention to kill them, but said he couldn't go through with the crime.

After changing his name, he's written restaurant reviews and appeared on Japanese shows where he's eaten raw meat.

Sagawa also gained fame for his paintings, which featured nude women, to support himself financially.

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He suffered a stroke in 2013, and was cared for by his younger brother until his recent death.

Sagawa previously said he still "wonders what women may taste like" when he sees someone beautiful, but said he would never act upon his urges anymore.

He has never apologised for his crimes or attempted to speak to Hartvelet's family to express condolences for their daughter.

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