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By Hans Askenasy

Psychologist Hans Askenasy has prepare the 1st entire historical past of a topic combining violence, horror, and unique customs. partially one in all his research, Dr. Askenasy offers a old and geographic evaluate of humankind's perform of and attitudes towards cannibalism.

Part discusses motivational elements for cannibalism, together with famines (natural and man-made), survival in severe events, magic, ritual, and insanity. one of the humans and occasions lined are the siege of Leningrad through the Nazis; the wreckage of the frigate Medusa; the Donner social gathering; the infamous nineteenth-century "Colorado Man-Eater," Alferd Packer; the Andes aircraft crash of 1972; Elizabeth Bathory (b. 1560), the "Vampire girl of the Carpathians"; and Georg Haarmann, who flooring up his sufferers and offered them as potted meat.

In half 3, "Cannibalism in tradition and Society," Askenasy addresses our carrying on with fascination with cannibals, man-eating witches, werewolves, and vampires in literature, fable, and the media, starting from Francis Ford Coppola's movie model of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles to the blood curdling occasions surrounding the circumstances of Issei Sagawa, Jeffrey Dahmer, and the Russian schoolteacher-turned torturer, Andrei Romanovitsch Chikatilo.

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