1989 – Daniel Rakowitz murders Monika Beerle

In the annals of really stupid criminals, Daniel Rakowitz holds a special place. A native of Texas, he moved to New York in 1985 when he was 25, and regularly prowled around the East Village area with a chicken, asking to be called ‘the God of Marijuana’.

When his roommate, Monica Beerle, disappeared in August of 1989, he boasted that had boiled her head and made soup from her brain. Rakowitz was also alleged to have boasted of killing her, although at his trial, he denied this. Other accusations included Rakowitz referring to himself as a cannibal, and serving homeless men a soup containing Beerle’s finger.

Certainly, he hid her skull in a locker at the Port Authority Terminal, where it was later found by police. On February 22, 1991, after deliberating for nine days, a jury found Rakowitz to be not guilty by reason of insanity, and he was sent to an asylum for the criminally insane, where he remains today.

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