The cannibal accused of killing and eating a college student named Kevin Bacon pleaded guilty Thursday in Michigan to murder and mayhem, despite claims of insanity from his own attorney.
Mark David Latunski, 52, pleaded guilty in front of a Michigan judge to the murder of the 25-year-old student in December 2019, according to Michigan-based news outlet MLive.
Bacon’s body was discovered in a secret room in the basement of Latunski’s home on December 28, four days after friends and family last saw him alive.
The two met on Grindr, which is described on its website as “the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people.”
Kevin Bacon (left) was brutally murdered by Mark David Latunski (right) in December 2019
Mark David Latunski in his headshot photo
The 25-year-old was found hanging by his ankles from the beams of the house with stab wounds and a slit throat.
In court, a video taken by MLive shows Latunski admitting to the events leading up to the 25-year-old’s death, including the gruesome and inhumane acts that followed the murder.
“Did you use a knife to stab Mr. Bacon?” the prosecutor asks Latunski in the video. ‘Did you know that stabbing Mr. Bacon with a knife would certainly create a very high risk of death or serious bodily harm for Mr. Bacon?’
“Yes, I did,” replies the self-proclaimed cannibal.
Latunski shared in court that he stabbed Bacon in the back at his home, taking his date by surprise.
“After Mr. Bacon died, did you remove any part of his body, specifically his testicles?” he continues. ‘Did you bring those testicles into the kitchen?’
“Yes, I did,” Latunski replies.
The guilty plea comes just weeks before Latunski’s trial began in October. The open murder charge contains first and second degree murder, and the exact sentence will be decided on October 18.
First-degree murder means life in prison without the possibility of parole, while second-degree murder could mean life in prison with parole.
The guilty plea surprised some, including his own legal counsel, who had hoped to use an insanity defense at trial.
“While this is not an outcome that (defense counsel) Mr. Krause and I believe is in the best interest of Mr. Latunski, we do have to follow Mr. Latunski’s wishes,” Chartier said in court. “We have discussed this issue and he has consistently been very clear, more than once, multiple times, about his choice and his reasoning.”
“It’s still a sad day,” Shiawassee County Prosecutor Scott Koerner told ABC 12. “But it’s been a long time coming and I hope it brings closure and justice for the family.”
In October 2020, the cannibal was deemed mentally fit to stand trial after spending months of psychiatric care at a Michigan hospital, according to ABC 12.
Mark David Latunski poses in a photo posted on his Facebook page before his arrest.
Several months before that decision, another Shiawassee County judge had ruled the 52-year-old man unfit to stand trial and ordered him to seek treatment.
Shortly after Latunski’s arrest, police shared that it was not their first encounter with the Michigan man.
In October 2019, a man visiting Michigan from New York called police as he fled Latunski’s home after allegedly waking up in the basement.
911 calls recovered by The Flint Journal-MLive showed two different men on two separate occasions approaching police and asking for help to escape.
The Michigan home where Latunski brutally killed Kevin Bacon in 2019
‘I want you to know that nothing like this has ever happened to me. I don’t know if she drugged me. All I know is I ended up locked in the fucking basement, okay? Chained in the basement,’ the man said in the October 2019 incident.
A police report stated that on November 25, 2019, officers stopped Latunski as he tried to chase another man down the street, who was wearing nothing but a kilt.
At the time, the man he was chasing told the officer that he had fled Latunski’s home out of fear that the 52-year-old would be holding him against his will, chained in his basement.
“I’m trying to get away from a creepy guy,” the caller told the dispatcher. He had me tied up in his basement.
Kevin Bacon’s parents still await justice for their son’s gruesome murder
Latunski’s guilty plea brings Kevin’s family and friends closer to justice and closure.
Kevin’s parents, Pam and Karl Bacon, spoke out about the need for justice in October 2020 when the 52-year-old was deemed fit to stand trial.
Karl, who filed Kevin’s missing person report when he didn’t show up for Christmas breakfast, said he wants Latunski to rot in prison.
“We expect him to go to prison for the rest of his life,” he said. That’s what we are looking for.