Meet Bryan Peter, self-confessed cannibal, who killed and ate his friend’s brain

In this post, we’ll tell you the story of Bryan Peter, a self-confessed cannibal, who finds joy in killing fellow human beings and eating their flesh.

He finds joy in eating the brain of his victims. Bryan suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. One psychiatrist said he was probably the most dangerous man he had assessed.

Meet Bryan Peter who killed, ate his friend’s brain

Crimes are committed around the world, but the circumstances of the crime are scary than the other, that exactly the story of Bryan Peter, who was born in London on October 4, 1969.

Moved to the United Kingdom, he was the youngest of seven children of immigrant parents from Barbados.

From Shaftesbury Junior School in Forest Gate, he moved to the Trinity Secondary School in Canning Town before dropping out at the age of 14.

Bryan Peter’s first attempted murder

No one thought he was a lion in human’s flesh. He was simply a vampire who sucks human blood with such scary laughter.

After dropping out, Bryan Peter took up a job at a clothes stall before moving to teach cooking lessons at his local soup kitchen.

From his former resident, he moved to to the Flying Angel, Custom House, East London in 1987.

At East London, Bryan Peter attempted to throw another resident from his sixth floor window.

His intended victim fought back and there was a struggle and the man escaped, injuring Bryan on the head.

Thought the intended victim was questioned by the police, it was learnt that police took no further action.

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How he began cannibalism

In 1994, Bryan Peter was sent to Rampton Secure Hospital in 1994 after admitting the that he killed a 21-year-old shop assistant Nisha Sheth, whom he killed with a hammer in 1993.

Nurses and medical staff thought Bryan’s behaviour was a case of anger, little did know that he found joy in killing fellow human being for fun and eating their brain.

As such, in February 2001 the nursing staff at Rampton Secure Hospital thought he had made considerable progress in regard to what they described as “behaviour, attitude, maturity, relationships, anger and insight.”

Subsequently, Bryan was transferred from Rampton in June 2001 to the John Howard Centre after a six-month trial leaves project agreed by the Home Office.

Bryan handed over to a social worker

He was handed over to care of a psychiatrist and social worker after applying to a Mental Health Review Tribunal in 2002 and was moved to the Riverside Hostel in north London.

At Riverside Hostel, he was allowed door keys and could come and go as he pleased, showing significant improvement” in his behaviour. It was part of the ploy to kill another person. No one could read his mind.

By October 2003 psychiatrists noted there had been “continued improvement in his mental state” and talked of plans for a move to more independent accommodation.

And in November 2003, his mental health social worker wrote to the Home Office stating that matters had settled down and there were no further concerns and that he did not present any major risks.

Bryan killed his friend Brian Cherry and ate his brain

In January 2004 social workers applied for the transfer of Bryan to “low–support accommodation” but he was transferred to an open psychiatric ward at Newham General Hospital for his safety after allegations that he had indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl close to the hostel.

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In February 2004 he walked out of the mental health unit in Newham, East London, and killed friend Brian Cherry.

Before the police could reach the scene after reports of screams, weapons, including a hammer, were found strewn around the flat. The damage had been done.

He had killed Brian Cherry, he was already eating his flesh while he was cooking the dead man’s brain in a frying pan.

Bryan was remanded to Broadmoor Hospital after appearing in court over Mr Cherry’s death.

He killed again

Two months later, while on remand in Broadmoor, Bryan killed his third victim, fellow patient Richard Loudwell, a 60-year-old man. He battered him on the head.

Though people rushed in to rescue the victim, he died in the hospital.

“If I had not been interrupted, I would have eaten Loudwell’s flesh,” the unrepentant Bryan Peter said during his arrest.

His Trial

On 15 March 2005, Bryan pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to two manslaughters on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was given two life sentences for killing two men

“You killed on these last two occasions because it gave you a thrill and a feeling of power when you ate flesh,” Judge Giles Forrester said.

Described by his barrister as a “victim” of the mental health system, Bryan admitted to psychiatrists that the “voodoo ritual” of eating human flesh gave him a “quickening” feeling, transferring energy from the people he killed.

At the court, Bryan admitted he “enjoyed” the “forbidden fruit” of his victim’s flesh and planned to kill again.

His case was described as a “breathtaking” example of failure in the mental health system.

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Bryan told doctors that cannibalising human beings was like “eating the forbidden fruit” and confessed he “really enjoyed eating Mr Cherry’s brain”.



  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics. Ope is available on Twitter @OpeQuadri.

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