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He's a father of 4 and worked as a chemist. Now he's accused of murder and cannibalism

Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press on

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BENNINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Wilk Olykos Vilkas was advised of his rights. Edgar Thomas Hill was read the criminal complaint.

But it's Mark D. Latunski who faces murder charges for allegedly killing and cannibalizing a 25-year-old Grindr date on Christmas Eve.

Latunski, 50, has identified himself by several names since Dec. 28, 2019, when Kevin Bacon of Swartz Creek was found dead, naked and hanging by his ankles in Latunski's Bennington Township basement.

On the felony advice of rights form he was given on Dec. 30, Latunski signed with the Olykos alias. That alias is associated with a Facebook page believed belonging to Latunski and with images connected to a gay escort profile.

He gave the name Edgar Thomas Hill at his arraignment and to his attorney, saying he's part of the Thomas clan of Wales and was given the Latunski moniker as protection, court filings show.

He once was a well-off chemist and married father of four. Now, Latunski awaits a competency evaluation and insanity defense.

 

His starkly different sides shown in police and court records may shed light as family and authorities attempt to make sense of how a chance online meeting turned into a dark sex tale ending in murder and cannibalism.

Before the celebrity of the same name, actor Kevin Bacon, and Jeffree Star were sending condolences and financial support for a funeral, family and friends of Swartz Creek hairstylist Kevin Bacon desperately searched for their loved one.

His friend and reported roommate, Michelle Myers, rallied search party volunteers in Facebook posts.

He'd left her home about 5:20 p.m. on Dec. 24 to meet a stranger on a dating app, she wrote.

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