Authorities have reason to believe that the couple murdered and feasted on the victims, as evidenced by pictures taken on the suspect’s cellphone.
Acouple in Russia has been accused of the murder and consumption of up to 30 individuals.
43-year-old Natalia Baksheeva reportedly convinced her husband — 35-year-old Dmitry Baksheev, who is nicknamed “Devil” — to kill a 35-year-old waitress named Elena Vashrusheva.
Baksheeva reportedly believed that the waitress had been flirting with her husband, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.
An official statement regarding the case read that, “Because of his character and psychological state of mind Dmitry lived under pressure from his wife, so he obeyed.” He is reportedly is suffering from tuberculosis, which is commonly linked to mental health issues.
Russian Investigative Committee official Anton Lopatin stated that upon hearing Baksheeva’s request to kill the waitress, Baksheev took out a knife that he frequently kept on his person and stabbed Vashrusheva twice in the chest. “The victim died from her injuries on the spot,” said Lopatin.
According to the Moscow Times, the investigation into the so-called “cannibal couple” began when working men that were repairing a road found a cellphone. When they swiped through the photos and “photos of a man with different parts of a dismembered human body in his mouth,” they handed the phone over to authorities.
After police were able to identify the phone’s owner as Baksheev he was arrested.