German 'vampire' cannibal sentenced

A court in Germany has sentenced a vampire killer to life imprisonment for murdering two teenagers whose blood he drank and whose flesh he ate. Identified only as a petty thief called Jan O, 26, he admitted the murders of a girl called Nina, 14, outside the town of Bodenfeld in November last year. He killed her friend Tobias, 13, five days later at almost the same spot.

Judge Ralf Günther also committed him to psychiatric treatment and ordered that he be subject to preventative detention - a rare move that means he can only ever be released if a panel of experts judge him sane - but in effect he will almost certainly die behind bars.

His murders shocked Germany. Günther described the crimes as 'excessively violent' and 'a just about unimaginable dimension of injustice.' During the trial, Jan apologised to the children’s families and expressed remorse, saying, 'I don’t know what came over me.'


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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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