August 27, 2013 by misterblank22
Note to reader this is a bit graphic, I will not include the crime scene photos but what is written could be considered graphic to some.
On June 11, 1949 in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan Issei Sagawa was born. If someone were to look at him for the first time they would likely comment on his small height (just under 5 feet tall) followed by a small chuckle and then forget all about him to go on about their day. But Issei is not an easily forgotten man.
All through his life he loathed his appearance and who could blame him, not being able to ride all the rides at Disneyland would bother anyone. Sagawa described himself as a “Weak, ugly, and inadequate little man.” Unfortunately these feelings led him to obsess over the perfect woman, just like any short man would, he fantasized about tall women constantly.
Because of his parents wealth he was able to study literature at Sorbonne Academy in Paris. Here he met Renee Hartevelt who he loved; at least that’s what he believed. Instead of proving his love with gifts and flowers he went to the other end of the spectrum and decided to consume her.
One day he invited Renee to his apartment for some dinner with the bonus of a riveting conversation about literature. When she set at his desk, presumably to read, he shot her in the neck. After he realized what he had done he fainted. Upon awakening he decided to bring his bizarre fantasies to life, he was going to eat her. First he decided to have sex with Renee’s corpse. After he was finished the sick bastard began to eat her buttocks followed by her thighs. Then as he was doing so he found himself surprised by the “corn colored” appearance of human fat. In his sick little mind he felt that consuming her would somehow allow him to “absorb her energy.”
After two days of feasting on Renee’s corpse he decided to dispose of her mutilated body in a lake. A police officer witnessed this and arrested him. They later found several of Renee’s body parts still in Sagawa’s refrigerator.
But because of weak little Sagawa’s wealthy parents the mini-me was provided with a great lawyer. He spent only two years in jail before he was considered legally insane and unfit to stand trial. Soon he was sent to a mental institution where he was supposed to stay indefinitely. But just like anything in life someone found him interesting. An author interviewed Sagawa and had his work published in Japan. So naturally Sagawa became an instant celebrity. He was taken to Japan where he was considered mentally sane and that his sexual perversions lead him to the murder nothing more. After this revelation they felt that holding him in jail or an institution was not needed.
Now Sagawa is a free man with a couple of books under his belt and even reviews various restaurants in his spare time. He is now a Japanese celebrity who makes regular guest appearances on television. On one of these shows he made the comment that Renee tasted like raw tuna. Sagawa currently lives in Tokyo.
Issei is a menace to society, an insane killer walking around as a celebrity but he is only half of the problem. The other half is me, the journalists and the people who are interested in him, doing articles or blogs keeps him in the spotlight. But humans can’t help themselves when it comes to the insanity of a killer, it is fascinating to us because we can’t fathom how someone could do such a thing.