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Cannibalism which is also called anthropophagy is the eating of human flesh by humans The word Cannibal came from when Christopher Colombus first met the Carib Indians from the Caribbean whom he called caribales These people from the Caribbean were mistaken as cannibals and their name was mispronounced canibales There are many different types of cannibalism in the world One type of cannibalism has to do with tribal rituals and magic such as said to be practiced in New Guinea Fiji and other remote places Another type is a result of starvation from an accident such as what happened in the ordeal of the plane crash victims shown in Alive and of the survivors of the Donner Party in the Sierra snow in 1846 Also there are psychological kinds of cannibalism because of being mentally ill including cannibalism practiced by certain types of serial murderers who eat their victims This paper will explore the cases of serial murderer cannibals in this century includin g Fritz Haarmann The Vampire of Hanover Jeffrey Dahmer The Milwaukee Monster and Andrei Chikatilo The Mad Beast In addition to describing the crimes they committed this paper will investigate the psychological pathologies that drove them to eat their victims Fritz Haarmann Friedrick Heinrich Karl Fritz Haarmann was a very sick man who kidnapped boys and young men and performed sexual acts then murdered them in Hanover Germany in the 1920s Born in 1879 to a working-class couple Haarmann was a sullen and slow-witted child whose favorite pastime was dressing up like a girl He was ignored as a child because his parents fought constantly and after a while he became especially attached to his mother and had learned to despise his father Fritz also suffered from a disease in his brain called meningitis Haarmann told a psychologist in an interview that he realized that he was a homosexual at an early age from two encounters The first encounter happened when
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