Mark Latunski: Michigan man who ate Grindr date's testicles to be in court in early 2022
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN: A man, who allegedly murdered another man and ate his testicles after meeting him on dating app Grindr, will appear in court in early 2022. Mark Latunski reportedly admitted to the horrifying killing of Kevin Bacon that happened on Christmas eve of 2019. The 25-year-old hairstylist's remains were found on December 28, hanging inside a secret room in Latunski’s Bennington Township home basement.
Latunski is facing one count of open murder and one count of mutilation of a human body charges. He will appear in court on February 3 after in October 2020 Shiawassee County District Judge Ward Clarkson found him fit to stand trial. At the time, the victim’s father Karl said: “I’m glad that it’s moving along, finally we’re getting some movement. This whole Covid thing has put everything on hold. We’re hoping he gets prison for the rest of his life. That’s what we’re going for.”
Earlier, the devastated dad had noted, “Evil does exist and it touched us. It’s gut-wrenching to hear the details and we’re beside ourselves.” He had also stated that his son “had a dark side” because despite reportedly knowing about the accused’s violent sexual fetish, he went to meet him. Karl added, “What was released shows that Kevin had a dark side. He obviously got into something that he wasn't prepared for.”
Latunski, who is in his 50s, is reportedly being held at a Michigan jail for around two years. He allegedly met Bacon via Grindr, a dating app for gay men, and the two met on the evening of December 24, 2019. On the same evening, the victim sent a message to his roommate Michelle Myers that he would be out for some time. But when Bacon, a student of the University of Michigan-Flint, did not show up for family breakfast the next morning, his family got worried and reported him missing.
After an investigation, Latunski was caught and Bacon’s body was also found. Probe also revealed that the alleged killer had a history of various mental illnesses and that he would sometimes stop taking medicines. As per a motion filed in August 2019 by his ex-wife Emily, the accused “has a history of mental illness and has been hospitalized in the Owosso Mental Stress unit ... [and] has a history of going off his medication.”
Jamie Arnold, Latunski’s ex-husband, who left him in September of that year, said initially he did not know about his mental health issues. “To my knowledge, I couldn't force him to see a therapist or take medication. Never in a million years did I think he'd be capable of doing such a horrendous crime,” Arnold had said as he added: “In hindsight, it's easy to sit back and speculate but at the time you're going through it there are emotions and feelings involved. You don't want to think that the person you fell in love with is some crazy homicidal maniac. I pray that God is there for Kevin Bacon's family in their time of need and that He helps us all get through this, one day at a time.”