The assailant, Mark David Latunski, pleaded guilty to the charges of first and second degree murder and mutilation of the body of the victim Kevin Bacon, before judge Mathew J Stewart in Michigan, United States of America.
Man accused of killing and eating his Grindr date pleads guilty
The 35th District Court has scheduled October 18 2022 to pass conviction of a 52-year-old man after he pleaded guilty to stabbing, killing and eating body parts of a 25-year-old man who he met through the dating app Grindr.
In 2019, Latunski now known as "The Michigan Cannibal" matched with Bacon on the app which led to them making plans and meeting at the former's house. According to Latunski, Bacon told him that he was suicidal. Latunski allegedly told investigating officers that he told Bacon he could assist him to "disappear".
He then stabbed him in the back of the neck, however, when he realised that he was still alive, he proceeded to slit his throat saying that he did this to ease Bacon's suffering.
Michigan State Police discovered Bacon's remains in the basement of Latunski's house days after the murder and immediately arrested and charged him.
Police reports indicate that in addition to the neck wounds, the victim was hung by his ankles and parts of his body dismembered and eaten by Latunski.
The defendant told police that Latunski was fond of eating bull testicles (Rocky Mountain oysters) and he decided to eat Bacon's testicles in the same manner. Bacon's DNA was discovered on a pan and Latunski's DNA was found on the handle.
According to the Michigan State Police Department Detective Sargent, James Moore, Latunski ate Bacon's testicles instead of the ones he had in the freezer that day.
“He went upstairs, he saw, that in his words, ‘it was a new moon'. Latunski said he normally eats Rocky Mountain oysters and said instead of eating the ones in his freezer, he decided to use the testicles of Kevin Bacon,” he testified.
Latunski's lawyer, Mary Chartier, said that she had advised him against his plea because she believes he will benefit from a clinical setting than in prison.
If convicted, Latunski is facing a life sentence.
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