A Michigan man who murdered his online date late last month had mutilated and ate part of the victim’s body, recent-filed court documents have revealed.
Mark Latunski, 51, is charged with murdering Kevin Bacon, 25, and mutilating his body. The Flint Journal-MLive acquired court documents stating that Bacon was discovered hanging by his ankles from the ceiling of Latunski’s home.
Bacon vanished on Christmas Eve and was reportedly found dead at Latunski’s Bennington Township home on December 28. On the day of Bacon’s disappearance, he reportedly told his roommate that he was meeting up with a man he met on Grindr. That night, Bacon texted his roommate that he was not sure when he would be back.
Bacon was reported missing by his family the following day when he failed to show for Christmas breakfast. Soon after, officers discovered his car parked at a Family Dollar in Clayton Township. His phone, wallet, and some clothes were located inside, according to MLive.
Latunski allegedly allowed officers to search his home and admitted to killing Bacon by stabbing him in the back and then slitting his throat.
MLive reported that Latunski recounted tying a rope around Bacon’s ankles and fastening it to his ceiling’s rafters. He reportedly also admitted that he cut off Bacon’s testicles with a knife and ate them.
The news outlet obtained various court records which suggested that Latunski has an extensive history of mental health issues.
On August 22, Latunski’s ex-wife requested his parenting time be suspended, claiming he was diagnosed with major depression, paranoid schizophrenia and features of a personality disorder in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, Latunski was charged with taking two of his four children from their mother. Those charges were ultimately dismissed.
Records from the 66th District and 35th Circuit courts stated that Latunski was known for discontinuing his medications.
According to WLIX, officers responded to Latunski’s home on November 25 after a 29-year-old wearing nothing but a leather kilt fled from the house with Latunski following him. Authorities said the man had blood on his face and was screaming for help.
Latunski reportedly told police that he was chasing the man because he was wearing his kilt which was expensive and he wanted back. Officers ultimately dropped the matter after the man declined to file charges, and they determined that no crime had occurred, according to the news station.
Latunski remains jailed without bond. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Bacon’s murder received widespread coverage after celebrity YouTuber Jeffree Star donated $20,000 for his funeral. His funeral service was held on Friday.
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[Featured image: Mark Latunski/Michigan State Police; Kevin Bacon/Facebook]