A somewhat common staple in criminal and horror fiction. In a terrifying twist on the Gluttonous Pig trope, serial killers or mobsters use a secret pig farm to dispose of their victims' bodies.
It's most likely Truth in Television. Pigs are omnivores rather than herbivores, meaning that they do indeed eat meat if they are able to come by it. Fact of the matter is, pigs can eat almost anything they can chew. (They've even been known to eat pork if they find it.) No matter how special and worthy of respect we consider the corpses of us humans, it's the same as any other carcass to a pig, meaning that they will chow down on it.
A pig's body is also quite up to the task of digesting almost every part of the human body. They can not only chew and digest human flesh, they can also readily digest human bone without excreting a noticeable trace of it. Of course, they can't quite chew the skulls and longer bones that humans have, but if our killer has enough determination, they can just break said bones into smaller, more chewable pieces. They also can't digest human hair and teeth, but it should be a simple matter to shave your victims' heads and pull out their teeth before chow time, right?
Not only is this trope plausible, it's also downright horrific because it not only involves an invocation of humanity's Primal Fear of being eaten, but also the chilling factor of role reversal. Outside the pigpen, you eat pig (if you aren't a vegetarian, Muslim, or Jew that is). Inside our killer's pigpen, however, pigs eat you. Also, there's the possibility that someone will eat the pigs that have been eating humans, which isn't the same as I'm a Humanitarian, but still squicky in its own way. Also, this trope can also be applied when some Fat Bastard gets eaten by pigs, in some kind of Poetic Justice.
This is a Death Trope; spoilers ahoy.
- In Mark Millar's Wolverine run, the Gorgon and the Hand lured Wolverine into their territory by kidnapping the son of one of his old acquaintances. After things come to blows and the Gorgon gains the upper hand, he reveals that the boy is long dead, fed to the Hand's pigs.
- One issue of Nightwing has him and Batman being captured by mobsters and thrown into a pit with pigs. Batman tells him to stall for time, and try to get some of the goons in there with them. Nightwing tells the mobster than he's the only one who knows where his son is. The mobster tells his guys to get Nightwing out, but after they climb down, they're electrocuted by one of Batman's gadgets, using the mud as a conduit.
- In the Secret Wars tie-in 1872 The Kingpin throws Steve Rogers' body to the pigs after shooting him. The panel before that shows Steve actually survived the bullet and thus was likely Eaten Alive. The Kingpin stays to watch, enjoying the hogs' work.
- Tombstone shows off his mutated "ghetto" hogs, which he feeds people who have crossed him to, in Deadpool: Suicide Kings.
- The Button Man had a similar setup, albeit with chickens rather than pigs (it also involved a wood-chipper).
- In Shadowchasers: Conspiracy, mobster Vincenzo Belsito (who is a devil swine, a type of lycanthrope derived from wild boar stock) explains to Bonnie how this type of body disposal used to go down. (His intent, of course, is to hint that he'll eat her once he's through with her; she's an assassin who had earlier killed a friend of his. She isn't being much nicer, insulting him with fat jokes while taunting him.)
- Daddy's Deadly Darlin features a serial killer who feeds his victims to pigs.
- Brick Top from Snatch. keeps a group of perpetually starved pigs on hand to eat, and thus dispose of, the bodies of people he kills.
- Played ridiculously straight in the Hamlet retelling Royal Deceit, where half a dozen scrawny little pigs completely dispose of a large viking, bones and all, in about an hour.
- In Hannibal, this is Mason Verger's idea of a Karmic Death for Hannibal Lecter, playing into the role reversal aspect; Hannibal kills and eats people he considers rude to demonstrate that they're no better than pigs in his eyes. Mason specially breeds a bunch of pigs for this purpose, training them to associate screaming with meal time and stuffing clothes full of fruits and meats to get them used to it. It then goes very, very badly for Verger when he tries to actually implement it.
Hannibal Lecter: (to Verger's Beleaguered Assistant) Hey, Cordell! Why don't you push him in? You can always say it was me.
- In The Wax Mask, the female protagonist is captured by the mad wax artist's jealous assistant, who takes her to a pigsty and ties her up. He then cuts her and leaves her there so that the pig'll eat her. Luckily, she is rescued by her boyfriend.
- In Rambo the villain doesn't like how one of the male hostages is looking at him and orders for him to be put in with the pigs. Later when the rescuers arrive they see his body tied to a pole having already died from blood loss after the pigs chewed off his feet and lower legs.
- The eponymous character in Sugar Hill dispatches a gangster by feeding him to voracious pigs.
- After Auntie Entity's takeover of Bartertown in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Master is tortured by being lowered into the pigpen of his methane plant.
- A non-criminal example from The Wardstone Chronicles. This happens accidentally to Mother Malkin at the end of the first book. She shouldn't have attempted to flee through the pigpen while she was shrunk and the pigs were agitated.
- One of the participants in the Deadly Game in Friday the 13th: The Jason Strain is a serial killer who apparently disposed of her victims by feeding them to her hogs.
- In John Ross' Unintended Consequences, Henry Bowman successfully defends himself from an ATF raid attempting to plant drugs, counterfeit money and terrorism plans in his gun dealership. At the time, he thought they were a biker gang - but afterwards he decides if The Government wants to declare war on him, he'd just have to retaliate. Starting by disposing of the bodies in a pig farm(minus their indigestible hair and teeth).
- "Pig Blood Blues" by Clive Barker has a new guard at a juvenile facility learn that a missing prisoner has managed to transfer his soul into a giant pig in order to avoid death. Because he knows too much, he ends up getting thrown in with the pigs... while alive.
This is the state of the beast. To eat and be eaten.
- In Hannibal this is Mason Verger's idea of an Ironic Hell for Hannibal Lecter, and he specially breeds a bunch of pigs for this purpose, training them to associate screaming with meal time and stuffing clothes full of fruits and meats to get them used to it. It then goes very, very badly for Verger when he tries to actually implement it. In the book, the description of breeding the pigs, training them and eating a few hapless humans who had fallen into the pigsty makes for a lot of Gorn, yet any Real Life criminal could have skipped it; normal pigs, domestic or wild, could and would have eaten anyone if hungry enough and coming into a large herd to overpower the human. Given Verger's other egotistical traits it's likely he went through the trouble as a sign of his obsession with Hannibal. Unlike in the film, in the novel Verger doesn't die by the pigs — his death at the hands of his sister Margot is actually worse.
- One of the stories included in More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is about a butcher who used human meat Sweeney Todd-style in his sausages, eventually being fed to his own hogs when the neighbors found out.
- In a variant, vengeful criminal Joey Castle from Infernal threatens to not only execute the Muslim terrorists who'd killed his brother, but to cut off their private parts and feed them to pigs. In this case, this trope's purpose isn't evidence-disposal but defilement.
- Amleth in Gesta Danorum kills his uncle's spying courtier that tries to eavesdrop on Amleth's conversation with his mother, then cuts the body to pieces, boils it, and throws it into a sewer for pigs to eat.
- Joe Spork, the protagonist of Nick Harkaway's novel Angelmaker, is the White Sheep son of Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, an infamous London Gangster. Early in the novel, Joe muses about his father's victims and the likelihood of there being makeshift graves and pig farms that his father had a hand in.
- Mr. Wu's pigs in Deadwood are used to eat dead bodies.
- An episode of CSI showed how a killer used pigs to get rid of the remains of a woman he killed.
- Used in the Criminal Minds two-part season four finale "To Hell..."/"...And Back" by a mentally-challenged pig farmer who was manipulated into killing people by his Evil Genius Cripple brother.
- Millennium. The Judge is a pig farmer who uses ex-convicts to inflict Karmic Death on people he believes have escaped justice. He invites Frank Black to join his cause, but when he refuses the Judge hits the police with a lawsuit to make them back off. Unfortunately for the Judge his ex-convict killer regards this as hypocrisy, hamstrings the Judge and throws him to his own pigs to be eaten alive. The killer also regards this as a Karmic Death, saying: "You're either a man or a pig."
- How the killer disposes of the bodies in the Father Brown episode "The Shadow of the Scaffold". This is discovered when a finger bone with a ring on it is discovered in the stomach of a pig being prepared for tripe.
- This is how John Riley's body is disposed of in Copper.
- A body was found in a pig's trough in an episode of Bones, and evidence pointed to a man who'd "allegedly" disposed of a body the same way before. He isn't the killer. The real killer dumped the body at his house, knowing he'd get rid of it.
- In Kaamelott, King Léodagan once condemns a pig thief to being cut in little pieces and fed to pigs. The intent is to make executions a bit less monotonous, along with 43 others condemned to be burned at the stake.
- In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when the gang participates in a Family Feud-style game show, Frank gives the answer "Pigs" to the question "Animals that We Eat but Doesn't Eat Us". Despite being accepted as a correct answer, he later asks to undo his answers upon remembering that he has seen "many pigs eat many men".
- The X-Files episode "Our Town" uses the chicken variation. A small town which is famous for its chicken plant, Chaco Chicken, is secretly home to a cult that practices cannibalism as part of a rejuvenation ritual, with disastrous consequences as it has infected many of the townsfolk with Mad Cow Disease. The ending implies that Chaco, the founder of the plant, was fed to the chickens after he was murdered.
- Manhunt: Piggsy, a sadistic psycho-killer in a mask made from a pig's head, believes that he's a pig, and feeds off corpses that the Cerberus provide for him.
- On one path in Critical Point, you can see a flashback of the hero suffering Cold-Blooded Torture in which he had his right arm hacked off piece by piece, starting with the fingers. Each piece was tossed to a nearby pig after being cut off.
- One ghost in Murdered: Soul Suspect is a Serial Killer who ran a butcher's shop and kept a collection of pigs that he'd feed his victims to. When Ronan finds him, he's dedicated his unlife to stalking a woman who's son he killed and who ended up getting him arrested and executed, and is now waiting for her to die so he can confront her and remind her about the pork he sold her before she reported him.
- Mother Russia Bleeds starts with the protagonists escaping a laboratory where they were used as test subjects for an experimental street drug, and part of their getaway takes them through a sewer system full of the corpses of former test subjects and plenty of pigs feeding on their bodies.
- After Mordecai Heller takes the hatchet joke literally in Lackadaisy, Nico and Serafine Savoy offer to dump the body with some nearby pig farmers. Mordecai thinks it's another joke.
- After Rocky burns down the pig farm in question for an entirely unrelated reason the farmers go to Mordecai's boss claiming that he owes them for using their pigs to dispose of bodies, he gives them some tommy guns.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Critters", this trope is combined with Fed to the Beast. Rustic villain Farmer Brown tells his daughter to get rid of Bullock this way; while he's still alive. The pig-pen only has one pig in it, but it's a genetically mutated monster (likely bred to be carnivorous rather than omnivorous), much like the rest of Brown's livestock. (Fortunately for Bullock, Batman shows up in time.)
- Spoofed in Adventure Time. When Finn, Jake, and Tree Trunks are captured by thieves, they're threatened to be fed to the pig — who, like many animal characters on the show, is fully sentient. After all four escape, he even ends up marrying Tree Trunks.
- Medieval animal trials.
- The Kray Twins allegedly had a man named Frank Mitchell killed and fed to pigs.
- Also was allegedly very popular in Sardinia, where local bandits would often kidnap wealthy businessmen and dispose of the victims by feeding them to the pigs.
- Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton allegedly murdered prostitutes and fed the bodies to his pigs. (This was in addition to evidence that he disposed of bodies in rendering vats.)
- This is alleged to have been the way IRA terrorists in South Armagh disposed of the body of foolhardy SAS captain Robert Nairac during the height of The Troubles. Nairac attempted to pass for Irish in a pub, but was detected, tortured, shot, and his body allegedly fed to pigs.
- This happened to Calabrian N'drangheta boss Francesco Raccosta in 2012. A rival N'drangheta clan fed him to pigs alive.
- American serial killer Susan Monica fed her two known victims to her pigs.
- Among many theories of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.
- 69-year-old farmer Terry Garner was killed after being knocked over and then eaten by his own hogs... and all that was left of him were his dentures.
- Baby farmer and serial killer Marianna Skublińska supposedly disposed of several of the infants left in her care by throwing them to her pigs, which she allegedly boasted were "the fattest in the district."
- Reportedly happening in some Venezuelan prisons which are controlled and operated by state sponsored prison gangs. Certain cells called "Cochinos" allegedly house pigs for this purpose.