A Michigan man pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and mutilation of a corpse.
Mark Latunski admitted to killing 25-year-old Kevin Bacon in December 2019 after meeting him through a dating app.
He was due to appear in court for a hearing on October 13 before a trial was due to start on October 18.
Latunski previously pleaded not guilty, with his attorney putting forward an insanity defense based on a long history of mental illness.
Bacon was reported missing by his family on Christmas Day 2019 after failing to show up for breakfast as expected.
Police spoke to his roommate, who said Bacon went to visit a man he met the previous night on Grindr, a dating app primarily aimed at gay, bisexual and transgender men.
This led investigators to Latunski’s home in Shiawassee County.
Latunski confessed to stabbing Bacon in the back, hanging him from the ceiling beams with a rope, and slitting his throat. Police say he also removed parts of Bacon’s body that he cooked and ate, according to court documents.
Speaking to local network WILX after the murder, Karl Bacon, Kevin’s father, paid tribute to his son.
He said: “He obviously got into something he wasn’t prepared for. We all make mistakes. It’s heartbreaking to hear the details and we’re just blown away.
“What was released today shows that Kevin had a dark side. Because those who knew and loved Kevin didn’t know this side. Those who knew him knew his good side. He loved and cherished everyone he touched and he touched many lives in the world past.”
Police have investigated Latunski’s broader involvement in bondage and sadomasochism.
Officials spoke to two other Latunski Grindr datasets who reportedly fled his home in the fall of 2019, a 29-year-old Lansing man and a middle-aged New Yorker.
In conversation with the Washington Post David Kaiser, a first lieutenant with the Michigan State Police, said Latunski will not be charged in connection with these incidents.
He commented: “If these are consensual and we have no victim, then you have no crime.
“What we often learn are people within us [BDSM] Kultur are very private and don’t want to share a lot of information.”
Michigan State Police continue to investigate Latunski’s activities and believe there may be other potential victims they are urging to come forward.
After the murder, Grindr said he was “heartbroken and horrified” by the incident and “fully committed to cooperating with law enforcement” who are investigating the case.
In January, a Berlin teacher was convicted of murdering a 43-year-old man in Germany as part of his “cannibalistic fantasies”.
Last December, an Idaho man was charged with murdering and partially eating his 70-year-old neighbor.
Bob Lee Allen, 54, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in September 2021 after being convicted of illegally castrating a man. Allen reportedly told his victim he would “consume the parts” after they were removed.
https://www.newsweek.com/mark-latunski-pleads-guilty-cannibal-murder-kevin-bacon-michigan-1745657 Man pleads guilty to the cannibal murder of Kevin Bacon in Michigan