The French courts are dealing with a real life Hannibal Lector.
Prisoner Nicolas Cocaign got into a fight with cellmate Thierry Baudry in January 2007. He killed Baudry by punching, kicking, stabbing him with a pair of scissors and suffocating him with a trash bag.
Cocaign then decided he was going to eat his victim’s heart because in his words “I wanted to take his soul” according to The London Telegraph.
He used a razor blade to cut open Baudry’s chest and removed his lung, mistaking it for the victim’s heart.
The psycopath ate part of it raw, then fried the rest with some onions on a grill in his cell.
A third cellmate, David Lagrue, witnessed the attack and eventually killed himself according to the New York Daily News.
Cocaign’s lawyer wants his client put in a mental institution.
“My client should not be in prison, he should be in a mental institution. The prison authorities must share the blame for not spotting his fragile mental condition,” Fabien Picciottino told the court.
A verdict is expect Thursday.