It would be a gross understatement to say we've witnessed some pretty disturbing scenes in horror movies over the years. Savage murders, clumsy dismemberments and crippling tortures - we've seen it all. But once again, human nature has wielded its sharp knife of blood-soaked realism to prove fact is infinitely more perturbing than fiction.
A Hong Kong psychopath named Henry Chau has been jailed for life after murdering, splaying, cooking and eating his own parents.
Members of the jury in the 31-year-old's trial heard how he chopped the bodies of his elderly parents before salting and cooking their limbs "like barbecued pork" and packing the flesh into lunchboxes with rice.
The South China Morning Post reports that Chau, a talented pianist, was caught after police discovered two heads in a refrigerator in a friend’s blood stained apartment two weeks after he killed them in March 2014.
A search of his computer also revealed he had searched murder techniques and had compiled a shopping list containing items such as knives, refrigerators and bleach.
He was found guilty of two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Chau's friend, Tse Chun-kei, 38, admitted unlawfully dealing with the bodies, but was acquitted of murder.
In sentencing, Mr. Justice Michael Stuart-Moore said:
"People may wonder why you did this. The fact there is no obvious answer is what makes you so dangerous.”
"You fail in everything but the piano. You always blame your faults on others but not yourself […] your parents became the victims of your blame."
When his parents were first reported missing, Chau told police his parents had gone to mainland China, but later texted a friend saying he had murdered them.
He also called himself a "psychopath" in the messages and said he could not "empathize with people's pain because of my experience from childhood and adolescence."
Chau reportedly told his psychiatrist he had listened to Alexander Scriabin’s piano piece 'Vers la flamme' ('Toward the flame' in French), repeatedly for 30 days before killing his parents.
Listen to 'Vers La Flamme' below. The beautiful piece takes on a whole new disturbing atmosphere when imagining what was going through the mind of the murderous Chau.
Pretty creepy, right?