KRASNODAR, Russia — A couple in Russia is being held in police custody as it is believed that they have killed and eaten 30 people over the last 20 years.
According to reports, Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife, Natalia Baksheeva, 42, were arrested after city workers in Krasnodar found a cell phone lying in the street that contained graphic images of dismembered body parts, as well as a photo of Baksheev posing with a human hand in his mouth.
Authorities were then able to trace the phone to the Baksheev, who used to work for a military academy. The Moscow Times reports that he first told police that he had found the body parts in a dumpster and lost his phone after taking the photos.
However, he later confessed to killing and eating the remains of at least 30 people along with his wife. During a search of their hostel on the military base, a number of jars were found that contained preserved human remains. A tutorial on cannibalism was also found at the residence.
“In the place of residence of the suspects, the investigators discovered fragments of the human body in saline solution in the dormitor … Frozen meat parts of unknown origin were seized in the kitchen,” investigators stated, according to CBS News.
Police have now been able to identify seven of the Baksheev’s victims, and believe that the couple lured them via online dating sites and then drugged the women before killing them.
Authorities are also suspicious after a neighbor stated that Natalia Baksheeva had once told her that she sold pies, and when asked about what was in them, Baksheeva simply replied, “Whatever’s around.”
Restaurant owner Vitaly Yakubenko additionally told reporters that in 2010, Baksheeva inquired about the eatery’s meat suppliers.
“She was very active, asked lots of questions, but mainly about where we buy our meat and fish and how fresh it is. She made clear she could supply meat,” he said. “I said that we work only with certified suppliers.”
The investigation is ongoing in light of the couple’s confession and the findings at the residence. Questions also remain as to how Baksheev and Baksheeva were able to get away with the killings for so long.
“On the instructions of the head of the investigation department of the Criminal Investigation Department of Russia in the Krasnodar Territory, the criminal case was forwarded to the first department for the investigation of especially important cases for further investigation. The investigation involved the most experienced investigators and criminologists, as well as a professor and a doctor of psychological sciences,” a statement released by the Krasnodar Investigative Committee outlines.
As previously reported, Jesus explained in Mark 7:20-23 that man’s sins begin in the heart and proceed outward to their words and actions.
“That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man,” the Scripture reads. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride [and] foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
Because of man’s inherent sinful nature, Christ said in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”