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2009-05-27 22:45:09

A 2006 movie loosely based on the real story of convicted killer and cannibal Armin Meiwes can be released in German theaters, a court in Karlsruhe ruled. The film, starring Thomas Kretschmann and Keri Russell, was released internationally under the title Grimm Love, but was banned in Germany after a court ruled it infringed upon Meiwes's personal rights. However, a court this week overturned the earlier decision, paving the way for Rohtenburg to open in German theaters, the BBC reported....

2006-05-09 08:40:33

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German court on Tuesday handed down a life sentence for murder to Armin Meiwes, the German cannibal jailed for killing a man and feeding on his flesh, overturning a previous manslaughter conviction. Meiwes, 44, was on trial for the second time after Germany's top criminal court ruled his 2004 conviction was too lenient. Meiwes severed the penis of computer engineer Bernd-Juergen Brandes in a bizarre pact hatched over the Internet. Both men tried to eat the...

2006-05-03 13:51:48

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Prosecutors at the retrial of a German cannibal, jailed for eight years for killing a man and eating his flesh, said on Wednesday he should be jailed for life. Armin Meiwes, imprisoned two years ago for killing a computer engineer who had begged to be eaten, is standing trial for the second time after Germany's top criminal court ruled his initial sentence for manslaughter was too lenient. Prosecution lawyers said Meiwes had killed the man from Berlin to...

2006-03-03 06:51:15

BERLIN (Reuters) - A court ruled on Friday that a film that closely mirrors the true story of a German man who killed and ate a willing victim cannot be shown in Germany because it violates the rights of the real-life cannibal. "Rohtenburg" ("Butterfly -- A Grimm Love Story") was set to open in Germany on March 9 but a state court in Kassel upheld a complaint from Armin Meiwes, dubbed "The Cannibal of Rotenburg," that the film unjustifiably infringed his personal rights. Meiwes, a...

2006-02-28 15:41:03

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - A real-life German cannibal who ate a willing victim is being immortalized on the big screen, like the fictional Hannibal Lecter, despite his legal bid to block the movie version of his gruesome crime. "Rohtenburg" ("Butterfly -- A Grimm Love Story") is set to open in Germany on March 9 and will hope to profit from the shock and fascination the case of Armin Meiwes evoked in a transfixed public in Germany and beyond. The movie tells the tale...

2006-01-12 06:29:06

By Philip Blenkinsop FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German cannibal was led handcuffed into court on Thursday for a retrial to determine whether killing a man who wanted to be eaten amounts to murder. Photographers' flashbulbs greeted the arrival in a packed Frankfurt court of Armin Meiwes, a computer repairman who had cut up and consumed a man he had met via the Internet. Meiwes was first sentenced in January 2004 to 8-1/2 years for manslaughter, but the Supreme Court ruled last April that...

2006-01-11 05:54:23

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who killed and ate a willing victim faces the prospect of a stiffer sentence at a retrial starting on Thursday for a crime that continues to horrify and enthral. Armin Meiwes, 44, was convicted of manslaughter and given an 8-1/2-year jail term in January 2004 for cutting up a man he met via the Internet three years before. However, Germany's Supreme Court ruled last April that the verdict was too lenient and Meiwes should face a...

2006-01-10 06:10:24

By Scott Roxborough COLOGNE, Germany (Hollywood Reporter) - A German cannibal is taking legal action to stop the release of the horror film "Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story," which he claims is based on his life. Keri Russell ("Felicity") stars as a graduate student researching imprisoned cannibal Simon Grobeck (Thomas Kretschmann). Russell is drawn into Grobeck's world and becomes obsessed with the Internet cannibal community. "Butterfly" is scheduled for a March 9 release in...