Issei Sagawa

Pang, The Cannibal Celebrity

  Active for 1 year
(1981) in France




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  10. 10 Timeline Events
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Issei Sagawa a Japanese cannibal known as Pang and The cannibal Celebrity. In 1981, Sagawa invited a female classmate at the Sorbonne Academy in Paris, France to dinner at his apartment under the pretense of literary conversation. Sagawa shot her in the neck, fainting after the shock of shooting her. He awoke and cannibalized her body, after having sex with the corpse. Sagawa then attempted to dump the mutilated body in a remote lake, but was seen in the act and later arrested by the French police. Sagawa was extradited to Japan where he was released due to missing papers from the French court. As a result, Sagawa checked himself out of the mental institution in 1986, and has been a free man ever since.

Issei Sagawa Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Issei Sagawa (aka) Pang, The Cannibal Celebrity, was active for 1 year in 1981, known to have ( 1 confirmed / 1 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: France

Issei Sagawa was born on April 26th 1949 in Kōbe, capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture, Honshū, Japan. His father, Akira Sagawa.

Issei Sagawa a male citizen of Japan. He gained part of his education while attending Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Wako University.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail.

In 1981 (Age 31/32) Issei Sagawa started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to commit acts of cannibalism, commit acts of necrophilia, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. Issei Sagawa used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill victims at his own home.

He was arrested on June 13th 1981 (Age 32), sentenced to never sentenced: unfit to stand trial by reason of insanity at a mental institution in Japan, Sagawa checked himself out in 1986.

Profile Completeness: 63%
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Issei Sagawa has been listed on Killer.Cloud since September of 2018 and was last updated 4 years ago.

Issei Sagawa a known:

Issei Sagawa
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Updated: 2019-05-20 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Issei Sagawa
Nickname: Pang, The Cannibal Celebrity
Victims: 1 - 1
Years Active: 1981 - 1981
Ages Active: 31/32 - 31/32
Active Countries: France
Life Span: 1949 -     
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Japan
Sexual Preference: N/A
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Apr 20 - May 21
Birth Month: April
Marital Status: N/A
Children: N/A
Living With: N/A
Occupation: actor, translator, novelist, celebrity, writer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Apr 26, 1949
Native Name: 佐川一政
Birth Location: Kōbe, capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture, Honshū, Japan
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: Akira Sagawa

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:
Educated At: Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Wako University

Arrested: Jun 13, 1981 (Age 32)
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: never sentenced: unfit to stand trial by reason of insanity
Prison Location: a mental institution in Japan, Sagawa checked himself out in 1986
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
10 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Issei Sagawa

The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Issei Sagawa. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Apr 26 1949Issei Sagawa was born in Kōbe, capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture, Honshū, Japan.  #19490426
Apr 26 1969
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Apr 26 1979
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
(Age 31/32)
Issei Sagawa started his serial killing spree. #1981
Jun 13 1981
(Age 32)
Issei Sagawa arrested. #19810613
(Age 32/33)
Issei Sagawa ended his serial killing spree. #1981
Apr 26 1989
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Apr 26 1999
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Apr 26 2009
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Apr 26 2019
(Age 70)
70th Birthday

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Boolean Questions:
previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
kill at killers home TRUE 320
used weapon TRUE 453
used gun TRUE 451
rape TRUE 453
sex with body TRUE 430
mutilated TRUE 447
ate part of body TRUE 451
kill at victims home FALSE 323
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
strangle FALSE 443
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
totem personal item FALSE 354
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention Issei Sagawa

Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: Apocalypse Culture (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Adam Parfrey
Apocalypse Culture
Book: Apocalypse Culture II (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Adam Parfrey
Apocalypse Culture II
Book: Cannibal Killers (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Moira Martingale
Cannibal Killers
Book: Cannibal Killers (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Peter Haining
Cannibal Killers
Book: Cannibalism (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Hans Askenasy
Book: Extreme Evil (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Phil Clarke
Extreme Evil
Book: Issei Sagawa, Armin Meiwes, Robin G... (mentions serial killer Issei Sagawa)
Chloe Castleden
Issei Sagawa, Armin Meiwes, Robin Gecht

10 Books that mention Serial Killer
Issei Sagawa

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1936239566 Apocalypse Culture 1
0922915571 Apocalypse Culture II 1
0312956045 Cannibal Killers 4
184529792x Cannibal Killers 1
161592535x Cannibalism 2
190779591x Extreme Evil 6
1780333463 Issei Sagawa, Armin Meiwe... 1
033398109x Dimersions of Japanese So... 1
144909421x Murderabilia and True Cri... 1

Issei Sagawa (佐川 一政, Sagawa Issei, born April 26, 1949) also known as Pang, is a Japanese man who in 1981, while in Paris, killed and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt. After his release from two years of pre-trial detention upon being found legally insane, he became a minor celebrity in Japan and made a living through public interest.

External References
  1. Q305523 on, Retrieved on Oct 10, 2018.
  2. Issei Sagawa on, Retrieved on Apr 26, 2019.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Issei SAGAWA on, Retrieved on Apr 26, 2019.
Internal References

Issei Sagawa is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #20 of 20[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers active in France
  2. #37 of 38[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in April
  3. #40 of 43[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Cannibals sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #59 of 60[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Necrophiliacs sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #182 of 185[ Page 13 ] of Taurus Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #305 of 307[ Page 21 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #369 of 651[ Page 25 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  8. #520 of 651[ Page 35 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  9. #568 of 651[ Page 38 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #646 of 651[ Page 44 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
Serial Killers Statistics, charts Issei Sagawa is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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