Cannibal wife who kept victims' remains in fridge allegedly forced husband to kill waitress because she was flirting with him
Natalia Baksheeva has been charged of provoking her husband Dmitry Baksheeva into killing the waitress as Russian law does not have a criminal offense pertaining to cannibalism
After confessing to murdering and eating dozens of human victims with her spouse, a woman now faces up to 15 years in prison if she is convicted at an upcoming trial. 43-year-old Natalia Baksheeva has now been charged on one count of provoking her husband Dmitry Baksheeva into killing one of the victims. According to reports, 35-year-old Dmitry's role in the grisly case of murder and cannibalism will be dealt with at a later hearing as he's currently suffering from tuberculosis. "He is ill with TB and can infect others. This disease stops us from completing standard psychiatric forensic test on his sanity," a source in the Krasnodar prosecutor’s office said.
When authorities searched the couple's residence in Krasnodar in southern Russia, they found a macabre collection of "steamed" and frozen human remains of a 35-year-old waitress who reportedly was their "final victim", Express UK reports.
Police also found at least one jar with pickled human remains and 19 slices of human skin.
Baksheeva believed Elena Vashrusheva was flirting with her husband and thus she "incited" him to kill her, per said charges. Vashrusheva allegedly had a drunken argument with Baksheeva, who then ordered her husband to take her life in a "fit of jealousy", according to Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC), a state body responsible for bringing serious crimes to trial.
Anton Lopatin, an IC official, said: “Because of his character and psychological state of mind, Dmitry lived under pressure from his wife, so he obeyed. Following this demand, the man took out the knife that he always kept in his bag, and stabbed the woman twice in her chest. The victim died from her injuries on the spot.”
Several photos of Baksheeva posing for selfies with severed limbs of the woman were recovered by the authorities. Police said he dismembered the victim's body, posed for the photos, and then took some of the parts home with him.
While Natalia had cooked some of the parts for consumption, rest of the waitress's remains were found in the duo's fridge and freezer. “Genetic experts proved that all samples belonged to the killed woman," Lopatin said.
Despite reports last year which cited law enforcement sources saying she "confessed" to have had at least 30 victims over a span of 18 years, investigators are now saying her role in any other murders or cannibal cases were "not confirmed." The couple allegedly targeted and lured women after they found them on dating websites.
That said, it is yet to be known if authorities have completed investigations on other related homicides, including a murder in 2012 and a picture recovered from the couple's apartment which allegedly shows a severed human head garnished with mandarin oranges and served as dinner in 1999.
However, Russian law reportedly does not include a precedent or specific criminal offense pertaining to cannibalism.