Daniel Rakowitz

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Daniel Paul Rakowitz is an American murderer and cannibal.

He was born in 1960 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where his father was a criminal investigator for the U.S. Army. The Rakowitz family moved to Rockport, Texas sometime in the late 1970s. Daniel Rakowitz graduated from Rockport-Fulton High School in 1980.[citation needed] Although it is commonly reported that Rakowitz graduated from a Rockport high school, he actually attended and graduated from high school in Refugio, Texas.[citation needed]

He moved to New York City around 1985.[citation needed] Rakowitz, an eccentric well known to his East Village neighbors as a marijuana dealer and owner of a pet rooster, founded his own religion - the Church of 966.[1]

In 1989, he walked around the East Village around Tompkins Square Park bragging to some of the people he believed were his disciples that he had killed his roommate and girlfriend, Monika Beerle, a Swiss student at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, and a dancer at Billy's Topless. By his own confession, he dismembered her body in the bathtub, boiled the parts, and served some of her remains in the form of a soup to the homeless in nearby Tompkins Square Park.[2] He said that he had boiled her head and made soup from her brain. He had tasted it and liked it, and thereafter he referred to himself as a cannibal. At least one of the people to whom he told his tale went to police.[citation needed] Rakowitz was arrested shortly thereafter, and led the police to the Port Authority Bus Terminal storage area, where he had stored her skull and teeth.[3]

On February 22, 1991, a New York jury found Rakowitz, then 31 years old, not guilty by reason of insanity for the killing of his roommate on August 19, 1989.[4] In 2004, a jury found Rakowitz no longer dangerous but decided that he is still mentally ill and should remain at the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on New York City's Wards Island.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Steiger, Brad. Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside. Visible Ink Press, 2010, page 70
  2. ^ Myonihan, Colin (June 15, 2004). "Hearing Revisits East Village Killing and Dismemberment". New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. ^ Al Aronowitz (June 1, 2002). "Column 72 - The Strange Case of Max Cantor". The Blacklisted Reporter.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Ronald (February 23, 1991). "Man Acquitted of Killing and Boiling Roommate". New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2014.