THE final victim of Russia’s gruesome cannibal couple was murdered and dismembered after a vodka-fuelled row over “jealousy”, say investigators.
Friend Elena Vashrusheva, 35, was accused by evil Natalia Baksheeva, 42, of seducing her husband Dmitry Baksheev before he plunged a knife into the waitress in a disused building they used as their “killing crypt”.
Police in Krasnodar are probing Natalia’s confession that the husband and wife cannibals murdered and ate at least 30 people over a number of years after Elena’s body parts were found in their fridge, freezer and cellar.
Natalia made and sold “pies” from suspected human meat and even supplied local restaurants, it is alleged.
Investigators say Elena had been drinking with the pair in the disused block of flats when the cannibal wife suddenly “got jealous” alleging she had seduced her husband “and it led to a conflict”.
Vadim Bugayenko, of the Rusisan Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said: “They were drinking alcohol together and it ended with a conflict based on jealousy.
“The wife complained and as a result her husband stabbed the woman. It led to the death of citizen (Vashrusheva).
“She was later identified.”
Natalia was “nearby and she incited” her husband to kill.
“She was also actively involved in the murder,” he alleged.
Baksheev then took the body parts back to their home in the military academy where they worked, carrying them in his backpack, it is claimed.
It was not the only time the couple staged an attack apparently motivated by jealousy.
A friend, retired air force communications officer Sergey Labintsev, said the couple suddenly attacked him on the false allegation that he had slept with Natalia.
Cannibal Baksheev said he was consumed by jealousy at the time of attack six weeks ago.
“I could have been eaten too,” said the pensioner.
“I could have been dead.”
A local shopkeeper revealed that the pair used an abandoned block of flats to lure victims with the offer of vodka.
“It is an abandoned block right opposite our shop,” she said.
“This block was built for military people but building was never finished so it remained abandoned and not guarded.
“It is a multi-level block, scary looking, all the window broken, doors stolen.
“I heard that somewhere in the block police found lots of blood and some body parts. There are three soldiers guarding it now.”
Earlier, in spring, a severed human hand was found in the building – dubbed a “killing crypt” by the local media, she said
“I know Baksheev family well, they often came to buy in our shop,” she said.
Dmitry always looked untidy…. He always smelled badly.”
Police are probing whether the confession that they started a cannibal spree as long ago as 1999 is accurate.
So far the remains of two people have been found.