When a single act of cannibalism is reported, it is as unfathomable as it is unsettling. To have five such incidents dominate the news cycle -- as was the case this week -- seems almost unprecedented.
All but one of the following cases are alleged crimes. They range from an international manhunt for a suspect accused of chopping up and eating his male partner to a chef who severed and served his own testicles.
In the slideshow below, HuffPost Crime offers a round-up of the murder suspects and alleged flesh-eaters who captivated our readers this week with tales of horror.