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Issei Sagawa

1949 - 2022

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Issei Sagawa (佐川 一政, Sagawa Issei, 26 April 1949 – 24 November 2022) also known as Pang or The Kobe Cannibal, was a Japanese lust murderer, cannibal, and necrophiliac known for the killing of Renée Hartevelt in Paris in 1981. Sagawa murdered Hartevelt and then mutilated, cannibalized, and performed necrophilia on her corpse over several days. Sagawa was arrested and deported to Japan but was controversially released unconditionally after two years of pre-trial detention due to the applicable laws and the way his case was processed in the courts of France and Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Issei Sagawa has received more than 4,603,786 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Issei Sagawa is the 44th most popular extremist (up from 850th in 2019), the 131st most popular biography from Japan (down from 111th in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Extremist.

Issei Sagawa is most famous for being a Japanese cannibal who killed and ate a Dutch woman in Paris in 1981.

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Among extremists, Issei Sagawa ranks 44 out of 209Before him are Peter Kürten, Vincenzo Peruggia, William Kemmler, Emperor Norton, Marinus van der Lubbe, and George Jung. After him are Henri Désiré Landru, Jeffrey Dahmer, Sawney Bean, Fritz Haarmann, Pavlik Morozov, and Madame de Brinvilliers.

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Among people born in 1949, Issei Sagawa ranks 50Before him are John Belushi, Lionel Richie, Bill Nighy, Joachim Sauer, Tom Waits, and Billy Joel. After him are Thaksin Shinawatra, Ashraf Ghani, Luis Sepúlveda, Gene Simmons, Tom Berenger, and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Among people deceased in 2022, Issei Sagawa ranks 50Before him are Viktor Saneyev, Bruno Latour, David Sassoli, Uwe Seeler, William Hurt, and Louise Fletcher. After him are Stanislav Shushkevich, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, Ayaz Mutallibov, Jerry Lee Lewis, Arata Isozaki, and Mehran Karimi Nasseri.

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Among people born in Japan, Issei Sagawa ranks 131 out of 6,048Before him are Jiro Horikoshi (1903), Iwane Matsui (1878), Sanada Yukimura (1567), Shoichi Yokoi (1915), Momofuku Ando (1910), and Yamagata Aritomo (1838). After him are Sakichi Toyoda (1867), Emperor Suinin (-69), Junko Tabei (1939), Shin'ichirō Tomonaga (1906), Taira no Kiyomori (1118), and Kunishige Kamamoto (1944).


Among extremists born in Japan, Issei Sagawa ranks 1After him are Sada Abe (1905) and Tsutomu Miyazaki (1962).