Convicted cannibal killer Mark Latunski has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for parole for the murder of Kevin Bacon. The two met on Grindr and arranged a rendezvous on Christmas Eve 2019. But Latunski, 53, had deadly intentions. After Bacon, 25, arrived at Latunski’s Bloomfield Township home, Latunski stabbed him in the back, slit his throat, hung him from the rafters and actually ate parts of him, including his testicles. Latunski pleaded guilty to the crime in September and was convicted in October of first degree murder and other charges.
At the sentencing, a statement from Bacon’s mother was read to the court.
“In your sick, twisted mind, you probably don’t think you did anything wrong,” Hannah Bacon’s letter read. “This Christmas, I hope you suffer like we have.”
Hannah Bacon’s letter went on to say that Christmas will be forever ruined by her son’s tragic death, according to Advocate.
“We used to go watch movies, make Christmas cookies, go shopping and go to the deer farm and cook Christmas dinner together as a family,” it said. “This has all been taken away from us, our family is broken all because of you and nothing, not even you behind bars, will ever make our lives better.”
Kevin Bacon was a hairstylist who was “turning his life around” and had just made plans to return to school, his mother said. Bacon’s family reported him missing when he did not show up for Christmas breakfast. His roommate reported that Kevin Bacon had met up with a man he met on a dating app the night before. It would not be until Dec. 28, however, that police would trace the lead to Latunski’s house. There they found Kevin Bacon hanging by his ankles from rafters in Latunski’s basement.
Latunski originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. After subsequent psychiatric treatment, however, he changed his plea to guilty. Latunski did not speak at his sentencing, and strict sentencing guidelines left no room for a lesser sentence.
Pride Source previously reported that Kevin Bacon’s grandmother, trans rights pioneer Grace Bacon, spoke out after his tragic slaying.
“I’ve seen death up close at times,” she said in a Facebook post. “But nothing bothered me quite like this. It’s a young person that was robbed of what? Sixty, maybe 80 years of life, even? This young man had a lot of potential. We were robbed of his company.”
In the same Pride Source article, Equality Michigan Executive Director Erin Knott gave tips for hooking up safely.
“Make sure you have a safety plan that includes meeting in a well-lit public space, and do not leave your drinks or belongings unattended,” she said. “Additionally, consider using a location and alert app like Life360 so that you can share your location with a friend or family member.”