A cannibal has admitted to killing a man and then making sausages and meatballs from his corpse.
He was so proud of his culinary achievements, including rib dishes, that he posted short video clips on the Internet, according to police who removed the offensive footage.
The 21-year-old – who worked as a chef – confessed to police in the Russian city of Murmansk saying that he had a strong desire to eat human flesh.
He had used a gay dating website to lure his victim, aged 32, to his flat where he brutally knifed him to death before cutting off his head and feet.
Investigator Fedor Bludenov said yesterday: ‘The defendant wanted to try eating at least ten people in the future.
‘The accused stabbed the man a few times, and after having assured himself that his victim was dead, he cut up his body and ate him.’
Mr Bludenov added: ‘It wasn’t that he had an extraordinary hatred for those of a different sexual orientation, but he was sure that such people would keep a secret about who they were meeting, so it would be harder to catch him.’
However the 52-year-old mother of the dead man – named only as Roman E – called the police and shared details of the websites her son used to find partners, leading to the killer’s arrest.
A source said: ‘Nothing like this has happened in Murmansk for 20 years.’
The accused, from a wealthy Arctic family, faces up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty, but will first face a psychiatric examination to see if he is fit to stand trial.
Murmansk is the largest city in the world above the Arctic Circle with a population of 300,000. During the long winters, the temperature regularly drops to minus 14C.
This is the latest in a number of cannibal cases in Russia. In May an unemployed man killed his drinking partner and butchered his body in his Moscow flat.
In St Petersburg in 2009, two cannibals killed a 16-year-old girl, cut her up and ate parts of her body. The young men explained at their trial that they were ‘very hungry’. They were found guilty of murder and sentenced to 18 and 19 years.