Cannibal Killers

Monsters with a Taste for Murder

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Pub Date 07 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 23 Jun 2022

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Moira Martingale’s comprehensive study, Cannibal Killers: The Impossible Monsters, was originally written in 1993, when the internet was in its infancy. The book, a bestseller, tracked the phenomenon of cannibalistic murderers throughout history. Then came the World Wide Web. In this comprehensively updated edition we see that in the twenty-first century, cannibals who thirst for human flesh and blood are still among us, and, alarmingly, they have moved online to find their victims. Included in the grisly gallery of killers are Jeffrey Dahmer, Austin Harrouff (Florida), John Johnson (Montana), Hamilton Albert Fish, the 'Brooklyn Vampire', Richard Chase, the 'Vampire of Sacramento' and Luka Magnotta, the Canadian killer whose true story inspired Netflix's 'Don't F*ck with Cats'.

Moira Martingale’s comprehensive study, Cannibal Killers: The Impossible Monsters, was originally written in 1993, when the internet was in its infancy. The book, a bestseller, tracked the phenomenon...

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Great book
Enjoyed reading about crime very well written and fascinating to read about each crime
Worth reading brought too life each aspect

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Anthropophagy - the eating of human flesh - is the crime which shocks and stuns more than any other.Moira Martingale traces this phenomenon back to the sixteenth century to the notorious Sawney Bean who, together with his family, consumed more than 1,000 people over a period of twenty-five years.In modern times little has changed. "Cannibal Killers" looks at modern murderers, including: Fritz Haarmann - who would tear out young men's throats to drink their blood, before selling their flesh for meat; Jeffrey Dahmer, the murderer of seventeen young men whose dismembered body parts were found in his apartment; Edward Gein - the role model for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" - who after his mother's death began killing and eating women, and Andrei Chikatilo, the Russian cannibal who has the dubious reputation of being the worst cannibal-killer in recent history.

“Cannibal Killers” by Moira Martingale is a book with a pretty self explanatory title. I believe this release is an updated version of the same book previously released by the author, but the original release must have slipped me by so I was delighted to be approved for this release. What can I say? I ate this book up, pun intended. True crime is a genre and subject which will never be exhaustive for me and this book differs from a lot of others as it’s about a subject which not very many people wish to explore, and subsequently cannot stomach. Personally it fascinates me and an entire book dedicated to the subject of cannibalism was for me, long overdue. It’s a truly fascinating read. I would have enjoyed photos of the murderers to accompany their story but that being said, many of the ‘mainstream’ cannibals we’re already aware of. A deep dive into what makes one human eat another. Fascinating.

My thanks to the NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Very detailed and well written. Explores many different types of cannibalism and the circumstances surrounding each in a clear, interesting way.

Thank you to NetGalley and Ad Lib Publishers for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Fascinating, Deeply Disturbing..
The more comprehensive and updated edition of the original ‘Cannibal Killers: The Impossible Monsters’ written in 1993 and now taking the reader up to the twenty-first century where these cannibal killers still lurk among us all. With the onset of the internet the situation seems more alarming than ever. A deep and illustrative account of these completely shocking and distressing crimes. Fascinating and deeply disturbing.

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From medieval Times, to the Victorian era World War II and even current day on the Internet there is hardly a place in history where you won’t find cannibals. Author Maura Martindale covers the mall. I learned a lot from this book and probably more than I wanted to know. It is chocked full of cannibal stories that will make you cringe and there’s even one where the person considered to be eaten… I am not joking! This book was so good I love true crime stories and I was thoroughly entertained by this one and can’t recommend it enough. If true crime is your jam then you definitely need to read cannibals by Moraa Martendale and is a definite must have for any true crime fan. I was given this book by Net Galley and I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any grammar or punctuation errors as I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are definitely my own

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I really enjoyed this. It didn't linger too long on any one killer but explored many. It's interesting to see the common themes and to explore the moral dilemmas- and how to potentially recognise the path before somebody walks down it. All the biggies are here, Chikatilo, Dahmer etc but also newer killers like Luca Magnota

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I really enjoyed this read, I love true crime so I was so interested in this book. There were some killers that I was aware of in this book and some that I didn't which I loved, and even with the ones that I did know, it gave me new information. A great read fior true crime lovers.

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Martindale’s update to her Cannibal Killers book is a true spine chilling winner and well researched book dealing with the vampire and werewolf myth whilst tying in the serial killer cannibal of our generation.

This is an such an interesting book and if you love true crime and want a better analysis of this than look no further than Martindale’s book. She has a great way of looking at the social, psychological and history aspects and putting these in a sensical order for the reader to learn and devour the information.

This is an exceptional book and one of the best written. This author has done their research and I am now a keen follower of this person’s work. This is a true winner for fans of True Crime and people who just have a passing fancy. You can not go wrong with this.

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This is a fascinating and comprehensive account detailing Cannibal Killers and the history of the concept.

I found it interesting and a little chilling.

It is thoroughly researched and well written.

Well worth a read if you are interested in this genre.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for gifting me this arc in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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I’m a fan of true crime so was happy to get stuck into this one! and this is another excellent book with tons of different stories of some of the most terrifying criminals. Definitely worth reading.

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Morbidly fascinating!

This book gives a detailed account into the history or Vampirism/ Cannibalism whilst mentioning well known killers such as Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer to name a few.

It also talks about the psychological aspects, serial killer profiles, Hollywood influences such as The Silence of the Lambs and how the internet can play a part.

This is a great read for anybody interested in true crime but be warned it does not dilute on the criminal acts and goes into graphic detail!

Thank you Netgalley for my arc!

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