In Manhunter, Brian Cox plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter (spelled Lecktor in the film) – Lecter's first on screen portrayal. Hannibal Lecter is famously a cannibalistic serial killer, but I cannot recall if Manhunter dropped the cannibal part of his character or not. I recall a scene in which Will Graham tells his son Lecktor killed college girls, but I don't remember any other details. This screenplay mentions the word "cannibal" once in the description of a headline referring to Lecktor:
The caption reads: "Federal Manhunter Will Graham Recover- ing from Near-Fatal Slashing By Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lecktor."
But as this is a screenplay, and not a transcript of the film, it doesn't confirm whether the element was dropped in the final cut.
Does anyone have a definitive answer? Was Brian Cox's Hannibal Lecktor a cannibal? Bonus question: I recall him being referred to as "Dr. Lecktor", but was his first name ever mentioned in the film?