Don’t Allow Murderer to Profit from His Crime


Target: Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Goal: Don’t allow man who murdered and cannibalized woman to profit from his crime.

In 1981, a Japanese man named Issei Sagawa murdered and dismembered a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt. What he did next was, if possible, even more disturbing. According to CNN, he packed the body parts into two suitcases and spent the next few days eating parts of her body. He was released due to legal technicalities and remains a free man to this day. In the years since, he has become a mild celebrity in Japan. He has published a book and has been the focus of magazine articles. Basically, he has been allowed to profit from his crime.

In an interview with VICE, he calmly tells of how, when in Paris, he shot Renée Hartevelt in the back of the head while she was reading. He then cut off parts of her body and began to eat them. He explains that the meat was extremely hard to cut, and then laughs that it’s nothing like a horror movie.

Sagawa was caught in the process of disposing of the body parts that he had not eaten, and shortly after, he was arrested. Sagawa recounts how he was declared to be mentally insane before being deported back to Japan, where he was let off the hook. He expresses the fear that his cannibalism might return again.

Please sign this petition to make sure that Issei Sagawa cannot profit from his crime. Also recommend that the Prime Minister of Japan do everything in his power to incarcerate him, since he is clearly a dangerous man who could potentially travel anywhere in the world.


Dear Prime Minister Shinzō Abe,

I was shocked recently to learn of the incident involving a Tokyo man named Issei Sagawa, in which he murdered Renée Hartevelt in Paris before dismembering her body and eating her. For whatever bizarre reason, he slipped through the justice system when he returned to Japan and remains a free man to this day. He has garnered a status as a minor celebrity, and he is now profiting from his crime. I ask that you please do everything in your power to stop this.

Also, if possible, I would like to see this case reopened. The entire incident has been a gross injustice. There’s no reason why a man should be able to commit such a hideous crime and get away with it. Please use your power as the Prime Minister of Japan to make sure that Issei Sagawa is held accountable for his crime.

Sagawa has also admitted to being worried that his cannibalistic impulses might return someday. This means that he could be a potential threat to Japanese citizens. If you care about your people, do something about Issei Sagawa.


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Photo credit: Maarten Van Damme via Flickr

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