Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Vince Weiguang Li: a modern age cannibal!

Vince Weiguang Li has certainly let down his mother.

He ate someone.

What he did was not only in bad taste (sic – and sick) of course, but also extremely disgusting and brutal – the stabbing, gutting and then beheading of a fellow passenger on a bus traveling across Canada.

According to reports, McLean (the victim) had been asleep, with his cheek pressed against the window of the bus when his assailant struck suddenly near dusk, stabbing him repeatedly in the chest with a "big Rambo knife."

The other 34 passengers and the driver were jolted by "blood-curdling screams" and fled, bracing the door on their way out to trap the assailant inside the bus, witness Garnet Caton told public broadcaster CBC.

After killing his victim on the bus, Li ate parts of him and then later pocketed the victim’s nose, lips and ear!

Vince Weiguang Li was caught by police when trying to flee from the bus after a lengthy standoff.

But what could motivate Li to commit such an appalling crime?

Well, disgusting as it is, cannibalism is not that unusual. In fact, it used to be very common and was widely practiced by primitive tribes across the world for cultural reasons.

Today, the Korowai tribe of southeastern Papua (in Indonesia) could be one of the last surviving tribes in the world engaging in cannibalism, although there have been media reports of soldiers/rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia eating body parts.

And in extreme circumstances (i.e. threatened starvation), survivors of disasters – like plane crashes in remote regions – have also resorted to cannibalism, the most famous being the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 into the Andes on 13 October (unlucky for some) 1972.

But Lie wasn’t starving and he isn’t a member of a primitive cannibalistic tribe. The supervisor of the company he worked for even called him a "Nice Guy". Yeah right. So he can only be assumed to be mad. Unless of course, just like the Aghoris in northern India, he believes that the consumption of human flesh can lead to immortality and supernatural powers…