A man in Idaho accused of murder and cannibalism allegedly ate his 70-year-old victim's flesh because doing so would "cure his brain."
James Russell, 39, was charged with the murder of David Flaget after Flaget's tissue was discovered inside Russell's Clark Fork, Idaho, home in September, according to a report.
Flaget's corpse was discovered in a vehicle outside of Russell's home with parts of his body missing, according to court documents.
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Russell reportedly told police that he could "heal himself by cutting off portions of flesh."
Authorities reportedly found a blood-soaked microwave, glass bowl, and knife inside Russell's home during the investigation.
“When dealing with death and carnage it’s a shock to our conscience,” Bonner County Detective Phillip Stella said Thursday. “As far as I know this is the first cannibalism charge in Idaho.” (▶ Audio story available.)https://t.co/D26xo2DfQx— Bonner County Daily Bee (@DailyBee) December 17, 2021
Evidence of a clean-up kit used to eradicate human remains that could be used as evidence was also evident, authorities said, and several parts of Flaget still remain missing.
Prosecutors added the cannibalism charge to Russell's case last week, according to court documents.
It is likely Idaho's first cannibalism charge, Bonner County Detective Phillip Stella said.
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"There's a lot of facets we will certainly never know," Stella said. "It wasn't the bloodiest crime scene, but it's more of the psychological, 'What the heck is going on here?' and 'Why am I picking up pieces?' It's a walk down the dark path that we don't see very often."