Michigan ‘cannibal’ pleads guilty to killing and eating man he met on Grindr

Michigan ‘cannibal’ pleads guilty to killing and eating man he met on Grindr

A Michigan man accused of killing, dismembering and eating parts of another man has pleaded guilty.

Mark David Latunski, 52, entered his plea before Judge Matthew J Stewart in the 35th District Court on Thursday, according to MLive.com.

He pleaded guilty to charges of open murder and mutilation of a body. “Open Murder” contains first and second degree murder. A hearing on October 18 will determine whether he will be convicted of murder or manslaughter in the first or second degree.

Latunski killed, dismembered and consumed parts of a 25-year-old victim named Kevin Bacon in 2019.

Police discovered Bacon’s mutilated remains in Latunski’s basement days after the murder. He was later arrested and charged.

According to police reports, Bacon was stabbed, hung by the ankles, had his throat slit, and then Latunski removed parts of his body and ate them.

The defendant’s attorney recommended not to plead guilty and originally intended to pursue an insanity defense for his client.

“While this is not a result that [defense attorney] Mr. Krause and I think it’s in Mr. Latunski’s best interest, we have to follow Mr. Latunski’s wishes,” Mary Chartier, Latunski’s attorney, said in court. “We have discussed this matter and he has consistently been very clear, more than once, multiple times, about his choice and his reasoning.”

If Latunski is convicted, he faces a possible life sentence.

Ms. Chartier said she respected her client’s decision to plead guilty, but believes he would be better served in a clinical setting rather than in prison.

Bacon and Latunski met through the dating app Grindr, WNEM reports. The men met at Latunski’s home and, Latunski alleges, Mr. Bacon told him that he was suicidal.

Latunksi reportedly confessed to investigators that he told Bacon he could help him “disappear.” He said he stabbed the man in the back of the head but then slit his throat after realizing he was still alive. He claimed that he did this to ensure that Bacon did not suffer.

The defendant told investigators that he often eats Rocky Mountain oysters (bull testicles) and decided to do the same with Bacon’s body parts. Bacon’s DNA was found in a pan on a stove inside Latunski’s home, and Latunski’s DNA was found on the mango.

“He went upstairs and saw that, in his words, ‘it was a new moon,'” Michigan State Police Department Detective Sargent James Moore testified. “Latunski said that he normally eats Rocky Mountain oysters and said that instead of eating frozen ones, he decided to use Kevin Bacon’s testicles.”

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