Idaho man James Russell believes eating his victim could ‘cure his brain’, cops say.
According to court documents, James David Russell, 39, suspected of murdering a 70-year-old man has been charged with cannibalism after reportedly saying that eating the victim could “cure his brain.”
Russell was already facing a first-degree murder charge in the Sept. 10 killing of David Flaget when Bonner County prosecutors amended a criminal complaint.
Flaget was discovered upside down in the passenger seat of his pickup with body parts missing and his wrists duct-taped together, prosecutors claimed. Russell attempted to flee from deputies by barricading himself in a garage, but was apprehended after a brief confrontation.
Last Monday, Bonner County Detective Phillip Stella stated “there are a lot of facets we will never know.” “It wasn’t the bloodiest crime scene but it was more psychological in nature with questions like “what the hell is going on here?” and “why am I picking up pieces?” It’s a stroll down a dark path that we don’t frequently see.”
A bloodied microwave, a glass dish, a bloody knife and a duffel bag were also taken, according to the authorities. According to court filings, Russell felt he could “cure his brain” by “chopping off pieces of flesh.”
Russell told officials only one thing: “It’s private land and we don’t like non-family on it.” “Flaget had multiple conflict-like run-ins with Russell and told the family about them.” “Mr. Russell’s family had enough warning indications that he was a threat to himself and others,” Stella said.
The tissue retrieved from Russell’s residence according to an autopsy done on Sept. 13, belonged to Flaget. Some of his skeletal remains have yet to be discovered.”It’s a shock to our conscience when we’re dealing with death and carnage,” “as far as I’m aware, this is Idaho’s first cannibalism charge,” Stella added.
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