Issei Sagawa (佐川 一政), born April 26, 1949) is a Japanese man who in 1981 murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt in Paris. In 1986 he was extradited to Japan and upon arrival, he was immediately taken to Matsuzawa hospital, where examining psychologists all found him to be sane, stating that sexual perversion was the sole motivation for the murder. Japanese authorities found it to be legally impossible to hold him, because the French government refused to release court documents (which remain secret), to Japan, claiming that the case was already dropped in France. As a result, Sagawa checked himself out of the mental institution on August 12, 1986, and has been a free man ever since.
After his release, he became a minor celebrity in Japan and made a living through the public’s interest in his crime.
In 2011, he consented to an interview with Vice Magazine in which he claims to be depressed, almost broke, and impotent.