Patrons at a vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, were turned off when they found chunks of meat in their food, but they were even more disgusted once they discovered it was human flesh.
Although the restaurant goers didn’t initially realize it was human meat on their plates, they reported the “vegetarian” establishment to authorities, Singaporean news site Asia One reportedMonday. Upon further investigation, police made a grisly and disturbing discovery—the remains of a missing 61-year-old, who had frequented the restaurant, were discovered in the kitchen, which was spattered with blood.
Prasit Inpathom, the victim, had last been seen having drinks at the restaurant on October 21. According to local reports, the man had allegedly gotten into a fight with the restaurant owner. He was killed in the altercation, and the owner devised a plan to serve the body to clients as a way to dispose of it and avoid discovery. According to police, the suspect has disappeared and remains at large.
Disturbing reports of cannibalism surface from time to time, but are not always credible.
Earlier this year, a story floated around the internet alleging that a new restaurant had opened in Tokyo and that it was serving human meat. As multiple sources, including the Japanese government, confirmed, the story was entirely fake.
“The [Japanese] embassy [in Washington, D.C.] says the current story may have developed from a 2016 piece on a satire website that has many of the same details,” The Japan Times reported at the time.
However, a real-life cannibal couple was arrested in Russia in 2017 after they allegedly killed and ate at least 30 victims, British newspaper Metro reported. The couple, Natalia Baksheeva and Dmitry Baksheev, also reportedly made meat pies from human flesh and attempted to get local restaurants to sample them.
A local cafe owner in Krasnodar explained that Natalia had sought work as a chef and also to supply meat.
“She was very active, asked lots of questions but mainly about where we buy our meat and fish and how fresh it is. She made clear she could supply meat,” Vitaly Yakubenko, the cafe owner, said at the time. “I said that we work only with certified suppliers.”
Pieces of human remains were found in the couple’s refrigerator, freezer and scattered throughout their home, which was located on the base of a military academy in southern Russia. It was also reported that Natalia had successfully sold some of her meat pies to students at the educational facility.
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