By RodneyHatfieldJr for Into The Mind

A friend sent me a book notification that I might be interested in. A simple click carried me to an Amazon page in the book section. I looked at the title, “The Cannibal Cookbook: Human meat recipes from around the world” by Nico Claux. That made me stop and absorb what I had just written. With curiosity, I went into the description and was instead of answering my curiosity. It opened up more questions. Why would someone write this? Is it a joke? Is it real? Is it historical how serial killers and primitive tribes did it? I had to know. As a result, I did a search on the author, Nico Claux. Now I understand, it makes sense. The sense in the most warped and mental way. It is creepy turned to 11. Accordingly here is what I found out about the author and his book.


Nico Claux was born in 1972, is known as “The Vampire of Paris.” What is the genuine unusual part of Claux is he experienced a typical childhood. No abuse, bullying, or overbearing parents. He had none of the trigger events associated with murder or cannibalism. Nothing through his life was out of the ordinary. The only aspect(however stupid) that could hint at his later unusual behavior was his like of black clothes and cemeteries. So apparently every goths and myself included are possible cannibals and murderers according to the European Psychiatric Association. I have my own diagnosis: he is batshit crazy. End of story.


On Nov. 15, 1994, officers of the Parisian Brigade Criminelle arrested 22-year-old Nicolas Claux outside the world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge on suspicion of the murder of Thierry Bissonnier, 34. French authorities were shocked to discover human remains and bags of blood in Claux’s apartment. 


A quote of the Inspector in charge of the case, “Throughout his apartment, bone fragments and human teeth were scattered about like loose change; vertebras and leg bones hung from the ceiling like morbid mobiles, and hundreds of videocassettes, mostly slasher and hardcore S&M flicks, filled his shelves. On one wall hung a bullet-riddled target, while across the room sat a TV set with jars of human ashes resting on top of it. Several bondage magazines were piled in a far corner, and nearby his backpack was found, which contained handcuffs, surgical instruments, and duct tape. In addition, investigators also discovered several stolen blood bags inside his refrigerator.’


In addition to confessing to the murder of Thierry Bissonnier, worshiping Satan, and robbing graves, Claux admitted to drinking blood and eating strips of human flesh that he procured from his job as a mortuary assistant. Following the arrest, he was taken back to the Parisian Crime Department for questioning. With little hesitation on his part, Claux informed them that he had been robbing the graves of several Parisian gothic graveyards and mutilating the mummified remains. When asked the reason why he was storing stolen blood bags inside his refrigerator, he simply answered that “I drank the blood on a regular basis.” Working as a mortuary assistant for 10 months, he had been utilizing his position as a means to fulfill a lifelong fantasy of his revolving around cannibalism. When left alone to stitch the bodies after the autopsies, he would cut strips of meat from the ribs and eat them. On some occasions, Claux would bring pieces of flesh back to his place, where he would cook and eat those pieces as well.


Nico Claux's trial began on May 9, 1997, at the Cour d' Assises de Paris. The nine-member jury had already been chosen by presiding Judge W. Waechter. Claux's defense lawyer, Irène Terrel, entered a plea of not guilty. The prosecution's opening move was to shock the jury with grisly photographs of the crime scene and Claux's apartment. Jurors deliberated for just three hours. Nicolas Claux was found guilty of premeditated murder, armed robbery, fraudulent use of a bank check, falsification of his driver's license photo, and an attempt to defraud the retailer of the video camera. He was then sentenced to 12 years in prison. Contrary to common sense, he was never convicted of grave robbery or the theft of bags containing blood(WTF France, are you drunk, stupid, or both?). After serving a 12-year prison sentence for his crimes, Claux was released in 2002.


So what does a (former?) cannibal do when returned to society? For years, Claux spent his time creating serial killer-inspired artwork. Earlier this year, however, he did something new. He released a cookbook. The Cannibal Cookbook: Human Meat Recipes from Around the World can be ordered now through Amazon.  How this guy is still walking around is beyond my understanding. Eating people and killing them is a huge red flag to put them under the prison without a key. 

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