known as "el comegente" (born 1957), is
a serial killer and cannibal in
Venezuela. He was a homeless man that
used to hunt by passers at a park in the
city of San Cristobal, Táchira State.
he was caught, he confessed that he had
killed and eaten at least 10 men in a
period of two years preceding his arrest
in 1999. He declared that men's meat
tastes better than women's and that he
avoided eating fat people because of
high cholesterol levels.
Dorangel Vargas (born 1957), known as "El
comegente" and the "Hannibal Lecter of the Andes", is a serial killer
and cannibal in Venezuela. He was a homeless man who used to hunt
passersby at a park in the city of San Cristobal, Táchira State. Once he
was caught, he confessed to killing and eating at least 10 men in a
period of two years preceding his arrest in 1999.
In a country with hardly any serial killer history,
the self-confessed cannibal Vargas has become a Venezuelan media darling.
Dubbed the "Hannibal Lecter of the Andes" by the local press, Vargas
claims to have eaten up to 10 men in the last two years. He was arrested
on February, 1999, in the city of San Cristobal, near to the Colombian
"Sure I eat people," the candid cannibal told
reporters. "Anyone can eat human flesh, but you have to wash and garnish
it well to avoid diseases... I only eat the parts with muscles,
particularly thighs and calves which are my favorite ... I make a very
tasty stew with the tongue and I use the eyes to make a nutritious and
healthy soup." Vargas said he prefers the taste of men to women and will
not eat hands, feet or testicles, "although I've been on the point of
trying them on various occasions." He said he rejected overweight men
because they had too much cholesterol, and the elderly were spared
because their flesh "is contaminated and very tough."
However, notwithstanding the large number of bones
found buried around his shack, many doubt the veracity of his story.
Press reports claim that he preyed on homeless men and laborers whom he
clubbed to death with a metal tube, but Vargas said he was "given" the
bodies by various people, including the police. Some locals speculate
that Vargas may be being used as a scapegoat for a ring of human organ
traffickers. Congress said it planned to investigate reports that Vargas
is a former mental hospital patient who was arrested on similar charges
four years ago but released shortly afterward.
Dorancel Vargas, the Venezuelan "Man-Eater"
September 29, 2006
In September, 2006, a Chilean reporter working for
Megavision (a local TV channel) traveled to San Cristobal, Venezuela, to
interview Dorancel Vargas, a man that at present is jail after having
been accused of killing at least 20 men.
Dorancel has been diagnosed as a "paranoid psychopath"
by psychiatrists that have examined him and so there is a dispute
whether he is a criminal or a mentally ill person. Dorancel was raised
in a peasant family that lived in a border area with Colombia.
Due to his strange behavior, the family believed that
Dorancel was possessed by "evil spirits". Most of his family are members
of a guerrilla group known as "Venezuelan Liberation Forces", that
controls the jungle area where they live, and it is not clear if
Dorancel was also a member of this group in his youth.
At fifteen years of age, Dorancel ended up in San
Cristobal, one of the main cities in Venezuela, and it seems he began to
take drugs and drink heavily. He began to live under an expressway
bridge called "Autopista Libertador", an extremely dark place at night
and frequently used by drunkards, drug addicts and beggars as a shelter.
During the decade of the 90´s, several people that
lived near to the bridge complained to the Police that their relatives
had gone missing, after which an investigation began.
As there was a bar near the bridge, many drunkards
would wander late at night or fall asleep in that place, and this was
when Dorancel would strike, and kill the people with a bamboo spear.
Afterwards Dorancel would dismember the bodies, cut the meat that he
wanted, bury the heads in the ground and throw the bones and remains
into the river.
In 1995, police began to search the area under the
bridge after a brother of one of the missing persons said that he had
last seen him drinking and talking to Dorancel . During a search the
police found the remains of several men and began to search for Dorancel,
that lived in the nearby bushes.
That year during his first TV interview, Dorancel
stated that "human meat is nice, but I eat all kinds of meat, dog, cats
, lizards. I buried the heads and feet and throw the other bones into
the river. I also stored some meat in containers. The heart and the
liver must be spiced up, If I was hungry I used to kill men, never women
because they do no harm."
Dorancel was arrested but after a bureaucratic mess
up, (the judge had ordered that Dorancel be sent to a psychiatric
hospital), he was set free and returned to the "Libertador Bridge".
Dorancel was arrested again in 1999, after more
people denounced that their relatives had gone missing.
Juan Carlos Meneses was lucky, one night he was
coming out from a motel with his girlfriend and at about 2:00 a.m. near
the Libertador bridge had to stop to change a flat tyre. "I heard shouts
and when I turned around I saw that Dorancel was about to hit me with a
baseball bat, a motorcycle cop arrived and caught him just in time. I
could have been another victim," said Juan Carlos.
Since he is considered neither a criminal nor a
psychopath, Dorancel is now under solitary confinement in a police
station, where he has been found to be wandering around with knives on
several occasions. Even the murderers fear him. "He used to kill whoever
got drunk with him , " said a policeman that guards Dorancel. Nowadays
the "man-eater" is at the initial stages of Parkinson´s disease and
spends his time sweeping floors and washing his clothes.
"I used to eat the thighs, not the nose ears or hands
because they are too hard. If I saw a drunkard sleeping, I would kill
him with my spear, cut his head off and feel happy, I want to go back
there and dig a big hole to bury them I don't feel ashamed of anything.
They have put me in this jail for nothing, " ended Dorancel.