Given name:Family name: 佐川一政
Birthday: Jun 11, 1949Website:
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Birth Place: Japan
Issei Sagawa is a Japanese man who in 1981 murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt. After his release, he has become a minor celebrity in Japan and has made a living through the public interest on his crime.
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Sagawa served time in a French jail for the murder of the Dutch student Renée Hartevelt, a classmate at the Sorbonne Academy in Paris, France. On June 11, 1981, Sagawa, a 32 year old student of French literature, invited Hartevelt to dinner under the pretense of literary conversation. Upon her arrival, he shot her in the neck with a rifle while she sat with her back to him at a desk, then began to carry out his plan of eating her. She was selected because of her health and beauty, those characteristics Sagawa believed he lacked. Sagawa describes himself as a "weak, ugly, and small man" (he is just under 5 ft (1.52 m) tall) and claims that he wanted to "absorb her energy".
Sagawa said he fainted after the shock of shooting her, but awoke with the realization that he had to carry out his desire to eat her. He did so, beginning with her hips and legs, after having sex with the corpse. In interviews, he noted his surprise at the "corn-colored" nature of human fat. For two days, Sagawa ate various parts of her body. He described the meat as "soft" and "odorless", like tuna. He then attempted to dump the mutilated body in a remote lake, but was seen in the act and later arrested by the French police.
His wealthy father provided a top lawyer for defense, and after two years without a trial the French judge Louis Bruguiéres found him "obviously" legally insane and unfit to stand trial and ordered Sagawa to be held indefinitely in a mental institution. Through a visit of the author Inuhiko Yomota his memoirs on the murder were published in Japan with the title In the Fog. The constant publicity and macabre celebrity of Sagawa led the French authorities to extradite him to Japan. Not to cause outrage, he was first taken to Matsuzawa hospital, where upon examination psychologists all found him sane but '"evil". Japanese authorities found it impossible to pursue him, purportedly by lacking some pertinent papers from Louis Bruguiéres. As a result, Sagawa checked himself out on August 12, 1986, and has been a free man ever since.
His first Manga titled Manga Sagawa-san was published in 2000.
Issei was named the 7th worst cannibal in the world by 4.Bp
Sagawa's story inspired the 1981 Stranglers song "La Folie" and the 1983 Rolling Stones song "Too Much Blood". In 2007, the avant-garde noise-metal band Gnaw their Tongues released an EP titled "Issei Sagawa," the cover of which depicts Sagawa posed with a fork and knife over what appears to be a pair of human legs.
A short film by Olivier Smolders called Adoration is based on Sagawa's story. At the same year the tv channel Viasat Explorer released a 47 minute documentary film named Cannibal Superstar
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