Two days ago a new Russian cannibalism story surfaced. Further details have now appeared.
The Washington Post reports on the perpetrators' method: "Investigators believe that a Russian couple knocked their victims out with sedatives, then skinned them alive. Afterward, police say, they ate parts of their victims, froze the remains or packed them in jars filled with saline solution."
There is also a local military angle: "At times, the couple tried to turn soldiers at the military academy where they worked into unwitting cannibals, slipping 'canned human meat' into their food."
That account includes this splendidly Gothic scene:
The investigation started Sept. 11, according to the Moscow Times, when crews repairing a road found a discarded cellphone. It still worked, so they swiped through the photos.
What they found made them dash to a police station. On the phone were “photos of a man with different parts of a dismembered human body in his mouth,” the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a statement.
The BBC notes that Dmitry and Natalia Baksheev "have admitted killing up to 30 people".
The New York Daily News adds that, in an entrepreneurial mood, "the killer couple also tried to get local restaurants to sample their fare."