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Issei Sagawa 8X11 signed print with captions


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On the afternoon of June 12, 1981, a Japanese man named Issei Sagawa walked into the woods in Bois de Boulogne, France, carrying two suitcases. The postgraduate student at the Sorbonne had shot and killed a female exchange student, a classmate of his, the day before. After eating portions of her body, he tried to dump the corpse in a remote lake. Witnesses saw him and he was soon arrested. According to reports, Issei uttered the following to the French police who raided his home: “I killed her to eat her flesh.”

French psychologists found Sagawa to have been legally insane at the time of the crime and, therefore, unfit to stand trial. He was subsequently exempted from prosecution. He returned to his homeland, where Japanese authorities tried to put him on trial for murder. French justice officials refused to hand over the necessary documents to carry on and he was again set free.

Print by cannibal Issei Sagawa-8X11.  Print features from left to right:  Erzsébet
Báthory, Hannibal Lecter, Gilles de Rais and below them, Issei Sagawa.  Sagawa has signed his name three times on this piece.  Once in a regular cursive signature, once in print and once in Japanese.

Sagawa has added a caption below each picture in Japanese.  Translations are as follows:

Caption beneath Erzsébet Báthory reads:

なんで血なんだ !?

Translates to:  "Why Blood!?"

Caption beneath Hannibal Lector reads:


Translates to: "bad taste"

Caption beside Sagawa reads:


Translates to:  "Good!"

 Caption beside Gilles de Rais reads:


Translates to: "Why didn't you eat the roast of Joan of Ark?"

Sagawa did a series of these prints with different captions underneath.  With this purchase, we will include a photo of Sagawa holding a print just like this one, only with a few different captions on it.

Small crease on left side of print.


Product Code: ISS155J


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