Achieved international notoriety for killing and eating a voluntary victim in 2001, whom he had found via the Internet.
Born in the German town of Kassel, he led a very lonely childhood. His father was a stern man who was largely disinterested in his son.
When the marriage broke up, when Meiwes was only eight, he abandoned the family, never to contact them again.
He later told the court during the murder trial that Meiwes had been a well-behaved little boy but had been obsessed with the story of Hansel and Gretel, in particular the chapter about fattening up Hansel to cook and eat him.
In the 1700s, it was thought that suicide led to hell.
So, instead of taking their own life, suicide candidates would kill a child or some other random person, in the hope that they would receive a death penalty.
Eighteenth century Danes were more religious than modern Danes. And according to the church, killing yourself meant you would end up in hell.
On the other hand, if you repented your horrible deeds just before the execution, you received a direct ticket to heaven.
This view is based on Martin Luther’s conception of Christianity.
“Luther believed that we received redemption by conceding our own sinfulness and by sincerely repenting our sins and believing in God,”.
Between 1780 & 1850 in England, dissatisfied husbands could sell their wives at auction. It was less costly than a divorce & less risky than murder.
During this period, about 300 wives were sold to the highest bidder & this figure only counts the official transactions.
In 1733 in Birmingham, England, for example, Samuel Whitehouse sold his wife Mary to a certain Thomas Griffiths for a guinea (about one English pound). Under the terms of the contract, Griffiths was to acquire Mary Whitehouse "with all her defects".
In 1801, a woman was even sold for a penny! But this good deal quickly raised the stakes & the final price of 5 shillings & 6 pence was reached. Sometimes, if the buyer was short of money, the transaction could still be made in exchange for a few glasses or barrels of beer. 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
When one learns their first programming language, one must also learn to program – that is, not just the syntax of this new language, but why programmers use certain constructs and how and why they combine those constructs to solve problems.
It’s quite easy to explain the art of programming (and yes, it’s an art).
Programming can be boiled down to this:
- breaking a problem down into a series of steps;
- converting each step into Python or whatever language you’re working with.
See? It’s quite easy to explain. Unfortunately, programming, like many things which are easy to explain, is quite difficult to do. 😩