A Michigan man is accused of murdering a man he met on Grindr, then cutting off and eating parts of his body.
Police on Monday released the gruesome details in the Christmas-week slaying of hairstylist Kevin Bacon, 25, whose body was found on Dec. 28 at the Michigan home of suspect Mark Latunski.
Latunski, 50, was arraigned on December 30 on one count of open murder and one count of disinterment/mutilation of a dead body, the Detroit Free Press reported.
According to court documents obtained by NBC News, police discovered a horrific scene inside Latunski’s home in Morrice, Michigan, after he allowed them to enter and search on December 28.
They arrested Latunski after they found Bacon’s lifeless body hanging from the ceiling naked in the home, according to NBC News.
In an interview with police, Latunski admitted that he had stabbed Bacon in the back then slit his throat.
Latunski told police that he had tied a rope around Bacon’s ankles before hanging him from the ceiling, Detective Sergeant James Moore testified.
Moore said Latunski also admitted to mutilating and eating parts of Bacon’s body.
“Mr. Latunski stated he used a knife, stabbed him in the back one time, then slit his throat,” Moore said. “Afterwards, Mr. Latunski stated he wrapped the rope around the ankles of Mr. Bacon, and hung him from the rafters on the ceiling.”
BuzzFeed News reported that Latunski told detectives that he had cooked and eaten Bacon’s testicles.
Authorities believe Bacon was already dead when he was castrated.
Bacon reportedly told his roommate on Christmas Eve that he was going to see a man he had met on Grindr.
The roommate told police that he later received a text from Bacon saying to not expect him home. He was reported missing when he did not show up at his parents’ home on Christmas Day.
“It’s gut-wrenching to hear the details and we’re beside ourselves,” Bacon’s father Karl Bacon said at a news conference on Monday, according to MLive. “I’m going to remember him how everyone else remembers him, that he’s a good person who was passionate and cares for people.”
“Evil does exist and it touched us,” he added. “When you use these apps, just let other people know who you’re meeting and where you’re going to be at.”
According to MLive, police had responded to Latunski’s home just a month before Bacon’s murder when a neighbor called police after seeing Latunski chasing a 29-year-old man who was fleeing the house wearing nothing but a leather kilt.
The man told police he had been chained in Latunski’s basement but ran out of the home after becoming “spooked.”
“Everything that happened in the house was consensual. Nobody wanted to file a complaint or file a police report,” Kaiser told MLive about the incident.
WILX reported Latunski was charged with kidnapping in 2013 after allegedly kidnapping two of his children from his ex-wife, but the charges were dismissed after a number of competency hearings.
Latunski has a history of mental illness, according to MLive. A court motion filed by his ex-wife last year said he had been diagnosed with depression, paranoid schizophrenia, and a personality disorder. The motion also said he had a history of not taking his medication.