The “cannibal” who stabbed a man who he met through a gay dating app before slitting his throat and eating his testicles has been declared mentally fit to stand trial.
Mark Latunski met Kevin Bacon on Christmas Eve 2019, using the gay hook-up app Grindr. After Bacon arrived at his home in Bennington Township, Michigan, Latunski took him to a “secret room” that had been outfitted as a BDSM dungeon.
There, he later told police, he stabbed Bacon twice in the back of the neck, then strung him up and slashed his throat.
After that, according to a report by Michigan State Police Special 1st Lieutenant. David Kaiser, he castrated Bacon with a knife and ate his testicles.
Latunski’s former wife Emily alleged in 2013 divorce papers that the accused man had a long history of mental illness. Public defender Douglas Corwin says his client has been committed to hospitals four times for mental health concerns.
But yesterday Shiawassee County District Judge Ward Clarkson ruled that Latunski, 51, was mentally competent for trial.
The victim’s father, Karl Bacon, told reporters he thought the defendant was “playing the mental health card,” and added: ‘“We’re hoping he gets prison for the rest of his life, that’s what we’re going for.”
'Cannibal hung victim from ceiling and slit his throat then ate testicles'
Latunski’s trial is set to begin on October 23. Since Kevin Bacon's death hit the headlines, other men have come forward to say that they had worrying experiences with Latunski, who went by a number of aliases on gay dating sites.
After his divorce from Emily, Latunski married a man, Jamie Arnold.
Arnold told the Flint Journal that Latunski failed to take medication he had been prescribed for his mental health issues: “To my knowledge, I couldn't force him to see a therapist or take medication,” he said. But, he added, “never in a million years did I think he'd be capable of doing such a horrendous crime.”
Arnold says his relationship with Latunski ended in September last year.
“In hindsight, it's easy to sit back and speculate,” he continued, “but at the time you're going through it there are emotions and feelings involved. You don't want to think that the person you fell in love with is some crazy homicidal maniac.”
He added: “I pray that God is there for Kevin Bacon's family in their time of need and that He helps us all get through this, one day at a time.”
The victim’s celebrity namesake, X-Men: First Class star Kevin Bacon, paid a touching tribute to the 25-year-old hairdresser.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘'For obvious reasons I'm thinking this morning about the friends and family of this young person Kevin Bacon,' the actor wrote.
“His life was taken from him much too soon. His love was hairdressing. I bet he would have done a great job on this mess on my head. RIP KB.”
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