Five separate incidents of cannibalism have surfaced in the media. Interestingly enough, Joel Stein at Time has decided to blame foodies for the troubling trend. Stein had this to say about the spate in cannibalistic behavior:
After getting crispy pig's ears atop nearly every dish at hip restaurants, maybe human flesh just doesn't seem so weird. I've eaten horse and have been curious about dog and, I admit, was kind of disappointed that none of the cannibalism news stories got specific about what human tastes like -- other than the Japanese one, which only reinforced my assumptions about why women don't like to do certain things to their husbands.
These gruesome stories aren't new to the world in the slightest. Last year, a man made mincemeat out of his father-in-law.