The Melon-baller

from the Incomplete Works of Marc Vandersluys

After suffocating and scalping him, the murderer scooped out the victim’s brains with a melon-baller and used it to make what would have in less gruesome circumstances been a beautiful presentation on a dinner plate, complete with a sprig of pasley and a slice of lemon. What made this crime truly diabolical was that it appears as if the killer did not have cannibalism in mind, but made the arrangement for purely aesthetic reasons.

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