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Russian cannibal ‘kills mother then cooks and eats her heart’

A cannibal has been arrested in Russia after killing a mother-of-two – then cooking and eating her heart, police have revealed.

Alexey Yastrebov, 35, was held in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk accused of stabbing Ekaterina Nikiforova, 27, in the neck and cutting out her Adam’s apple with a kitchen knife.

Then he gouged out her heart and left lung, and cooked them on the stove in his cramped rented flat, according to local law enforcement.

He phoned the owner of the flat Zhanna Avdeeva, 31, and told her: ‘Call the police and ambulance. I’m lying in the blood, next to me is a corpse.’

When paramedics arrived he told them: ‘There’s a heart cooking on the stove.’

A cannibal has been arrested in Russia after killing mother-of-two Ekaterina Nikiforova (pictured) - then cooking and eating her heart, police have revealed

A cannibal has been arrested in Russia after killing mother-of-two Ekaterina Nikiforova (pictured) – then cooking and eating her heart, police have revealed

Alexey Yastrebov, 35, was held in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk after stabbing Ekaterina Nikiforova, 27, in the neck and cutting out her Adam's apple with a kitchen knife. A police photo shows a knife found at the scene

Alexey Yastrebov, 35, was held in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk after stabbing Ekaterina Nikiforova, 27, in the neck and cutting out her Adam’s apple with a kitchen knife. A police photo shows a knife found at the scene

Police say he gouged out her heart and left lung, and cooked them on the stove in his cramped rented flat, according to local law enforcement. Nikiforova is pictured with her two daughters

Police say he gouged out her heart and left lung, and cooked them on the stove in his cramped rented flat, according to local law enforcement. Nikiforova is pictured with her two daughters

He confessed to police: ‘I told her I would eat her heart. So I did.’

Before calling Avdeeva, he had tried to kill himself by plunging scissors into his neck, but failed, said police.

He is now under police guard in the intensive care ward of a hospital.

‘This poor woman was lying in the same room,’ said the flat owner.

Yastrebov phoned the owner of the flat (pictured), Zhanna Avdeeva, 31, and told her: 'Call the police and ambulance. I'm lying in the blood, next to me is a corpse.'

Yastrebov phoned the owner of the flat (pictured), Zhanna Avdeeva, 31, and told her: ‘Call the police and ambulance. I’m lying in the blood, next to me is a corpse.’

Before calling Avdeeva, he had tried to kill himself by plunging scissors into his neck, but failed, said police. Pictured: Inside the building where the alleged killing took place

Before calling Avdeeva, he had tried to kill himself by plunging scissors into his neck, but failed, said police. Pictured: Inside the building where the alleged killing took place

The victim, single mother Ekaterina Nikiforova (pictured), had two daughters aged seven and three

The victim, single mother Ekaterina Nikiforova (pictured), had two daughters aged seven and three

The man accused of killing Ekaterina Nikiforova (pictured) is now under police guard in the intensive care ward of a hospital

The man accused of killing Ekaterina Nikiforova (pictured) is now under police guard in the intensive care ward of a hospital

‘As well as her chest cut open, her neck was slashed. He had cut out her Adam’s apple. I couldn’t look at all this.’

The victim, a single mother, had two daughters aged seven and three.

Evgeny Avdeev, 31, Zhanna’s brother, said the alleged cannibal was his close friend, and he could never imaging he could do something so ‘evil’.

Before calling Avdeeva (pictured), he had tried to kill himself by plunging scissors into his neck, but failed, said police

Before calling Avdeeva (pictured), he had tried to kill himself by plunging scissors into his neck, but failed, said police

Evgeny Avdeev (pictured), 31, Zhanna's brother, said the alleged cannibal was his close friend, and he could never imaging he could do something so 'evil'

Evgeny Avdeev (pictured), 31, Zhanna’s brother, said the alleged cannibal was his close friend, and he could never imaging he could do something so ‘evil’

‘My hair is standing on end,’ he said. ‘I think they must have been drinking and some conflict happened.’

Police are also checking if drugs were used. Avdeeva said she would call a priest to ‘cleanse’ the flat after the evil killing.

‘It’s such a shock to me, in my apartment, ‘ she said. ‘It’s like a nightmare.

‘Everyone will know about this, all the neighbours. How will I go on?’

She said: ‘I will invite a priest to say prayers here after the discovery of this corpse.’ 



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