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‘Cannibal couple’ apparently pickled their last victim
An eerie new photo shows the “Russian cannibal couple” kissing as forensic experts claim that the pickled human remains of their last victim were found in a glass jar in their fridge.
The sinister picture was revealed after it emerged that suspect Natalia Baksheeva, 42, complained that she has been mocked by fellow prisoners in jail, with regular taunts of: “Did you eat enough human meat?”
Her husband, Dmitry Baksheev, 35, is being kept in solitary confinement amid fears he will be “beaten” by other detainees.
Glass jars were found in the couple’s home on the grounds of a Russian military academy along with still-unidentified frozen body parts and “steamed human meat.”
Among the horrific finds are the pickled body parts of “final” murder victim Elena Vashrusheva, 35, according to the Moskovsky Komsomolets news website.
The pair from Kransodar city confessed to murdering the waitress “in a fit of jealousy” after Natalia accused her of seeking to seduce her husband.
In jail, Baksheev is reported to have “complained” about the “separation from his wife,” who was said to dominate him in their relationship.
Viktor Belikov, a human rights activist permitted to meet the alleged cannibal in detention, said: “It is obvious that he loves his wife very much and worries about her.”
Belikov also visited Natalia — whose grandfather Konstantin Chanikov was a decorated World War II hero in Stalin’s forces — and said the pair had spoken of their “mad love for each other.”
Natalia told Belikov she “feels for her husband like a mother.”
Natalia then went on to complain that two other women sharing her cell are taunting her over the cannibalism allegations.
The Russian Investigative Committee — which is similar to the FBI — is examining an alleged confession from the ex-nurse that she and her husband killed and ate at least 30 people.
The alleged victims include women dating site users who went missing after arranging to meet up with them.
Spokesman Vadim Bugaenko said they are checking “information about mass murders” and there is “no confirmation yet.”
However, the couple has now changed tack and, while admitting to Elena Vakrusheva’s murder, they reversed a previous confession and denied they were involved in previous killings or cannibalism.
“Dmitry has heard that the newspapers have called him and his wife Natalia cannibals,” said Belikov.
“I would not say that he was angry, his reaction was more melancholic. But he fully denies having eaten human meat.”
Apart from human body parts, police found videos with instructions on how to cannibalize humans in the couple’s apartment.
They also discovered a picture dating back to 1999 that apparently showed a human face being prepared as a dish surrounded by oranges.
Dmitry “does not look well, he is depressed” and prison chiefs have refused to put him in a cell with others because “he could be beaten.”
Reports say Natalia made and sold “pies” from suspected human meat and even supplied local restaurants.
Retired air force communications officer Sergey Labintsev, a friend of the couple, said they suddenly attacked him with the false allegation that he had slept with Natalia.
“I could have been eaten too,” said the pensioner. “I could have been dead. Last night I had a nightmare that they were making steamed meat from me.”
“Some six weeks ago, I just survived. They could have eaten me if I had not been in good physical shape.”
“And I’ve known these people for many years and always helped them.”