Hannibal just keeps upping the ante on what network television is willing to show in the quest for ratings. Recently, the character of Mason Verger ( played with perfection by Michael Pitt) was introduced on the show. If you've read the books, I'm sure you thought to yourself, "surely, they can't show on t.v. what happens in the book." It never crossed my mind for a moment that Mason Verger's storyline would stay true to the novel. How wonderfully wrong I was. You want to know the best part of Mason Verger feeding pieces of his own face to dogs? It is based on an actual case. Here is an excerpt from Practical Homicide Investigation by Vernon J. Geberth.
While under the influence of the PCP, Michael had taken his clothes off at a woman’s apartment. He began to act strange and was quote unquote “talking nonsense.” PCP gives a feeling of being disconnected from one's body and environment.
PCP has potent effects on the nervous system, altering perceptual functions (hallucinations, delusional ideas, delirium and/or confused thinking. The drug has been known to alter mood states in an unpredictable fashion, causing some individuals to become detached, and others to become animated. Intoxicated individuals may act in an unpredictable fashion, driven by their delusions or hallucinations. Included in the portfolio of behavioral disturbances are acts of self-injury including suicide, and attacks on others or destruction of property. After his actions with the woman in the apartment, another male neighbor asked him to leave and help direct him back to his basement apartment. Michael apparently continued to use the PCP, which obviously induced a psychotic state. There was evidence that he had smashed a mirror, which he then used to mutilate himself. The analgesic properties of the drug can cause users to feel less pain and persist in violent or injurious acts. Our investigation revealed that Michael had literally peeled off his face and fed it to the dogs that were in the basement. He gouged out one of his eyes with a piece of glass from the mirror that he had smashed.