Who is Mark Latunski? Michigan Man Accused of Killing Grindr Date, Eating Part of His Body

A Michigan man is accused of murdering a man he met on Grindr, then cutting off and eating parts of his body.

Mark Latunski, 50, was arraigned on December 30 on one count of open murder and one count of disinterment/mutilation of a dead body in the death of hairstylist Kevin Bacon, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Court documents obtained by NBC News revealed police discovered a horrific scene inside Latunski's home in Morrice, Michigan, after he allowed them to enter and search on December 28.

They arrested Latunski after they found the deceased Bacon hanging from the ceiling naked in the home. In an interview with police, Latunski admitted that he had stabbed Bacon in the back then slit his throat.

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Detective Sergeant James Moore testified that Latunski told police that he had tied rope around Bacon's ankles before hanging him from the ceiling. Moore said Latunski also admitted to mutilating and eating parts of Bacon's body.

"Mr. Latunski stated he used a knife, stabbed him in the back one time, then slit his throat," Moore said, according to NBC News. "Afterwards, Mr. Latunski stated he wrapped rope around the ankles of Mr. Bacon, and hung him from the rafters on the ceiling."

Lieutenant Dave Kaiser confirmed to Newsweek that Latunski told officers that after killing Bacon, he had cooked and eaten the man's testicles. He added that Bacon's body had been found in a hidden room in Latunski's basement.

"In the hidden room they found Kevin Bacon deceased, hanging by his ankles from the ceiling naked," he said. "Mark Latunski told troopers he had stabbed Kevin twice in the back of the neck area and then hung him up by his ankles at which time he then sliced his throat. Latunski told troopers he then cut off his testicles, cooked them and ate them."

According to NBC News, 25-year-old Bacon told his roommate on Christmas Eve that he was going to see a man he had met on the Grindr dating app. The roommate later received a text from Bacon saying to not expect him home.

His family reported him missing when he did not show up at his parents' home for breakfast on Christmas Day, Kaiser told Newsweek. He said Bacon's vehicle was found by police in a parking lot.

"When officers checked the vehicle they located Kevin's phone and other personal items," Kaiser said. "Troopers from the Michigan State Police computer crimes unit were able to access the cell phone records and located information on a dating app named Grindr. Kevin had been recently chatting with a Mark Latunski on the app."

In a news conference on Monday, Bacon's parents said they were coming to terms with the gruesome details of their son's death and urged people to be wary when using dating apps.

"It's gut-wrenching to hear the details and we're beside ourselves," his father Karl Bacon said, according to MLive. "I'm going to remember him how everyone else remembers him, that he's a good person who was passionate and cares for people."

He added: "Evil does exist and it touched us. When you use these apps, just let other people know who you're meeting and where you're going to be at."

According to MLive, police responded to Latunski's home just a month before Bacon's murder when a neighbor called police after seeing Latunski chasing a 29-year-old man who was fleeing the house wearing nothing but a $300 leather kilt. Police said the man told them he had been chained in Latunski's basement, but ran after becoming "spooked."

"Everything that happened in the house was consensual. Nobody wanted to file a complaint or file a police report," Kaiser told MLive about the incident.

WILX reported Latunski was charged with kidnapping in 2013 after allegedly kidnapping two of his children from his ex-wife, but the charges were dismissed after a number of competency hearings.

Latunski has a history of mental illness, according to MLive. A court motion filed by his ex-wife last year said he had been diagnosed with depression, paranoid schizophrenia, and a personality disorder. The motion also said he had a history of not taking his medication.

This article has been updated with comments from Michigan State Police.

Mark Latunski
Mark Latunski, 50, has been charged with murder and mutilation in the death of Kevin Bacon, who he met on the Grindr dating app. Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office