More questions in cannibalism case as beating victim speaks out
By By Peter Hermann
Jun 06, 2012 | 7:30 AM
Questions on are mounting on whether someone missed troubling warning signs before Morgan State University senior Alexander Kinyua allegedly cut up a family friend and ate his heart and part of his brains. Today, we bring you an interview with a man who was beaten by a baseball bat and thinks he could've been the first victim of cannibalism.
It's not clear when the suspect's erratic behavior allegedly turned deadly, and in dividual incidents that predated the late May killing in the suspect's Joppatowne home -- of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, might seem innocuous when viewed separately. But combined they tell a different story [read editorial calling on Morgan officials to explain more].
Here is a time line:
Dec. 12 — Kinyua accused of punching a hole in a wall of a campus ROTC office two days earlier. A military instructor told police that the suspect was an “unusually angry person” and “a Virginia Tech waiting to happen.” Kinyua, who had self-inflicted burn marks on his arms, deemed tribal markings, was barred from campus pending a judicial review.
Jan. 31 — Kinyua talks about human sacrifice at an anti-hazing forum attended by students and university officials, including the judicial officer who according to police was to handle the ROTC incident a month earlier.
School officials describe the comments as more bizarre than scary, but even so, should any of these officials at the forum, especially the judicial officer familiar with the ROTC incident, have thought that maybe Kinyua needs further checking? A search of his Facebook page would've revealed references to Virginia Tech, ethnic cleansing and death cults. Watch the video and judge for yourself.
May 23 — Kinyua released on $220,000 bail after parents make a public plea for help raising money. His attorney at the time argued that he hit the victim in self-defense after being threatened. Ceasar denies that and says he was visiting friends, including Kinyua, in the days leading up to graduation. The judge seemed impressed with Kinyua's 3.1 grade point average in electrical engineering at Morgan State University and the people who came to speak to his character: his father, a Morgan physics professor, his uncle and city rotary club president, and an athletic booster from the university, falsely identified in court as the school's vice president for athletics. Listen to the court hearing here.
May 25 — Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, reported missing.
May 30 — Suspect’s brother finds hands, head in tin boxes in basement of home in Harford County. Father calls police, and they find remains in home and in trash bin at nearby church. Kinyua charged with first-degree murder.
May 31 — Court documents reveal suspect says he ate victim’s heart, part of brain.