Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife Natalia 43, were reportedly arrested after a dismembered body was found at the Russian military aviation academy . The couple are believed to live and work on academy grounds, owned by the Russian Defense Ministry.
A mobile phone was found by road construction workers earlier this month with graphic images of dismembered body parts on the device. One photograph uncovered and published on Russian media appears to show Baksheev posing with a dismembered body part in his mouth.
Footage has been released on Russian state media reportedly showing police searching the couple’s home, and police have confirmed the couple is in custody. A number of human body parts were pictured, some preserved in saline in jars. In a statement, the Investigative Committee of the Krasnodar Territory confirmed that during the search “food fragments and frozen meat pieces of unknown origin were seized in the kitchen”. They confirmed forensic testing was being done to determine if the items were human or animal.
Russian media report that photographs found printed in the apartment and on mobile phones could suggest the killings could date back almost two decades. One photograph is dated 28 December 1999 and appears to show a dismembered human head. At first Baksheev denied killing the woman, claiming he had found the remains and taking photographs of himself with them before losing the phone but later admitted the murder along with another in 2012. His wife meanwhile, reportedly later admitted murdering up to 30 people since 1999.
Police have confirmed the couple remain in custody on the initial murder charge while further investigations and biological testing continues.