The heinous crimes of murderous individuals are often lost in the mists of time, and unless you are a serious serial killer buff, you've probably never heard of Dorangel Vargas.
This Venezuelan cannibal killer preyed upon the homeless and had his own dubious moral code when it came to picking out his victims, who he killed with a bamboo spear.
Born in 1957, Vargas had a troubled and violent upbringing. His family was affiliated with the Venezuelan Liberation Forces, a guerrilla group who committed kidnappings, sabotaged oil pipe lines, and conducted bombings on the Venezuelan-Columbia border.
Even at a tender young age, the hardened fighters that Vargas was living among knew there was something not quite right about him and claimed that he was possessed by evil spirits.
At some point in his adult life, Vargas drifted to the city of San Cristobal located in Táchira State, where he lived under the Libertador Bridge with many other homeless people. Although he was arrested a few times for petty theft and vagrancy several times by the local police, they had no idea about the magnitude of Vargas' other grisly crimes.
In 1995, Vargas was arrested for murdering and devouring a fellow vagrant named Baltazar Cruz Moreno. Police who responded to a tip off about Vargas being seen with the deceased man earlier that day were horrified to find Moreno's mutilated corpse and a completely unrepentant man who made no efforts to hide his crimes.
In questioning, Vargas revealed chilling details of how he chose victims that he thought nobody would report missing and that his killings were motivated by a desire to eat human flesh. He told police:
Human meat is nice, but I eat all kinds of meat, dog, cats , lizards. I buried the heads and feet and throw the other bones into the river. I also stored some meat in containers. The heart and the liver must be spiced up. If I was hungry I used to kill men, never women because they do no harm.
Morbid curiosity about his crimes led to Vargas being interviewed for multiple TV stations and also lent him the nickname El comegente, which is directly translated to 'the people eater.'
Through the bizarre interviews conducted by the press, the general public learned that Vargas didn't believe in killing women because they were more pure, and only men committed the evil acts that deserved death.
Vargas also revealed he was health conscious and refused to eat people who were overweight because he thought it would raise his cholesterol.
Vargas was committed to the Institute of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Peribeca because he was clearly mentally ill, but he shockingly managed to escape the center and live in poverty without bothering anyone for a few years.
Everything changed in 1999, however, when Vargas was found living near a ranch where people were being reported missing and eight butchered corpses were discovered.
Some of the victims were mutilated so horrifically that the corpses were initially linked to a satanic murder cult, but several vessels containing human flesh and organs were found in Vargas' house, linking him to the crime.
This time, Vargas was taken into custody, where he remains until this day. He stays in solitary confinement, not for his protection but for that of the other prisoners, who fear him.
Dorangel Vargas remains unrepentant about his crimes to this day and he reportedly delivered the following quote from his prison cell.
I used to eat the thighs, not the nose ears or hands because they are too hard. If I saw a drunkard sleeping, I would kill him with my spear, cut his head off and feel happy, I want to go back there and dig a big hole to bury them I don’t feel ashamed of anything. They have put me in this jail for nothing.