Venezuela: Government Allows Cannibal Prisoner to Torture, Eat Fellow Inmates

Inmates receive military training in a sector of the El Rodeo prison where a new penitentiary system is being implemented, in Guatire, 20km from Caracas, on July 1, 2016. / AFP / JUAN BARRETO        (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
The parents of multiple late prisoners in the western state of Táchira, Venezuela, say the government did nothing to stop a notorious cannibal from killing and eating their children – and forcing other prisoners to eat human flesh or face the same fate. The cases do not appear to be a product of the growing threat of famine in the socialist nation, though prisoners in many prisons have reportedly resorted to killing and eating stray cats to survive. Instead, it appears the government has done nothing to contain the perverse behavior of a prisoner known as “The People-Eater,” who is believed to have killed and eaten 40 people before being arrested. “More than 40 prisoners attacked him,” Carlos Herrera, father of prisoner Juan Carlos Herrera, told reporters this week. “They stabbed him and hung him to bleed him out. Mr. Dorancel, known as ‘The People-Eater,’ was the one who butchered him to feed him to all the prisoners in the Táchira prison.” Dorancel Vargas is currently serving a prison sentence for cannibalism. “Whoever did not do it [eat the flesh]… would be beaten, their fingers would be cut off, their legs broken, lungs perforated, they would have their heads smashed in