‘Cannibal family’ admit killing and eating ‘at least 30 people’ during gruesome murder spree
Killings said to have taken place over 18 years as police are believed to have discovered eight body parts – as well as shocking picture of ‘human head being served as dinner’
A family accused of being cannibals have admitted to killing and eating at least 30 people.
The gruesome killings are said to have taken place over 18 years as police are believed to have discovered eight body parts.
Officers are now checking for more human remains to determine if the confessions are genuine.
Dmitry Bakshaev, 35, from Krasnodar in southern Russia has allegedly told interrogators he began his macabre reign of terror in 1999.
His picture was released along with a 35-year-old woman alleged to be one of his victims. She has not been named.
Bakshaev and his wife Natalia, a nurse, was part of a “cannibal family”, according to Mash news outlet, which is known to have links to Russian law enforcement.
As well as the shocking find of human body parts, police also found a “video lessons for cannibals” in their home, local news reports have claimed.
Mash initially identified the pictured woman as his cannibal wife but local sources in Krasnodar insisted she was a recent victim.
Bakshaev and his spouse stored human remains in their fridge and freezer as well as a cellar, according to sources in the Russian Investigative Committee.
Seven packs of frozen body parts were found. The couple also preserved some “meat” in jars.
Some 19 remains of “human skin” were also discovered.
The pair were detained after a mobile phone was found in Krasnodar city with pictures showing a man posing for selfies by human body parts, it was reported.
Since her detention, Natalia has undergone psychiatric tests and was judged to be “mentally healthy”, according to Mash.
She is alleged to have confessed to at least 30 cases of killing and cannibalism by the couple.
Her psychiatric hospital tests showed she was “an absolutely healthy adequate person who fully accounts of her actions”, said her diagnosis cited by Mash.
After being quizzed by law enforcement officers, the pair are reported to have “confessed”.
It is known parts of a of female body were found on September 12 on land linked to a military academy in Krasnodar in a cellar.
A bucket and bag contained body parts. Another bag was filled with the dead woman’s possessions.
Around the same time workers found a mobile phone with photographs of a man making a selfie with parts of a human body.
Bakshaev – believed to work in a military academy – had also photographed the decapitated head of the unknown woman and her skull.
Another sickening picture has been discovered by officers and is believed to show a human head being served as dinner.
It has been decorated with oranges and dated December 29, 1999, which, if true, leads to the suspicion that the confession of an 18 year reign of terror as a cannibal is correct.
Another image shows alleged human remains pickled in a jar.
The pictures were found by state investigators among the possessions of the “husband and wife cannibals”.
One image shows alleged cannibal Dmitry Bakshaev posing with a hammer and sickle – the symbols of the Soviet Union, the country in which he was born.
Woman cannibal Natalia Bakshaeva is 42, seven years older than her husband, according to police documents.
It is not known how long they have been married. She works at the same military academy where her husband is employed.
They live in academy quarters in a hostel. Her picture has not been released.
Both are currently held in detention in Krasnodar.
The pair used ether and a Russian drug Corvalol to put their victims to sleep.
The smell of the drug reeked from their room in a hostel at the military academy, according to neighbours.
A worker said: “Each time we tried to enter their room, they started wild shouting and crying.
“Natalia is a scandalous woman, aggressive, so we did not risk it.”
Investigative committee official Natalia Smyatskaya added said the initial criminal investigation is into the death of one woman.
Other alleged murders are “being checked by our officers”, she said.
Ms Smyatskaya, senior assistant to the head of Krasnodar Investigative Committee confirmed that the pictured dead woman had been identified but her name was not being released
She was 35, and had came to live in Krasnodar from Omutinsk town in Kirov region.
A criminal investigation has been opened.