“Kuru” was a real disease cannibals could catch if they at the brains of other human beings. It would form holes in their brains and cause them to laugh uncontrollably.
Archaeologists have found the remains of what appears to be a family group of 12 Neanderthals in Spain who were killed, butchered, and cannibalized by other humans about 42 000 years ago.
A serial killer in Southern California is alleged to have used some flesh from one of his victims in chili he made to for a chili cook-off. He won.
In 1933 Soviet Russia dumped 6200 people on an island in Siberia and left them to their fate. A month later 4000 of them were dead. “People were dying everywhere; they were killing each other…. On the island there was a guard named Kostia Venikov, a young fellow. He was courting a pretty girl who had been sent there. He protected her. One day he had to be away for a while, and he told one of his comrades, “Take care of her,” but with all the people there the comrade couldn’t do much…. People caught the girl, tied her to a poplar tree, cut off her breasts, her muscles, everything they could eat, everything, everything…. They were hungry, they had to eat. When Kostia came back, she was still alive. He tried to save her, but she had lost too much blood.“
Human flesh tastes surprisingly similar to veal.
There is a performance artist whose art includes eating human flesh in public places and is living proof that England does not have an anti-cannibalism statute. He has, however, been arrested for making earrings out of human fetuses.
James Jameson, heir to Jameson whiskey, explored Africa in 1888, where he bought an 11-year-old girl and gave her to Congolese cannibals to sketch how they ate her.
Cannibalism is legal. The laws broken by most cannibals are murder/desecration of a corpse. If someone cuts off their own flesh and does not die, you may legally consume it.
Polar bears are cannibals. They even eat bear cubs.