(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) — It’s been a dark week for food-related Google searches. A gruesome news story about a trio of murder suspects in Brazil accused of selling human meat in street pies was the top trending story in the last seven days under the Food and Drinks, cooking and recipes subcategory.

As of April 18, 9 am GMT, ‘carne humana’ or human meat in Portuguese, was a Breakout search term on Google, experiencing a change in growth greater than 5,000 percent.

It’s a grisly story that has captured the attention of the Brazilian public for its ghoulish details: murder fueled by cultish beliefs that preaches the ‘purification of the world’ and population reduction.

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