A cannibal who butchered his lover, roasted and ate her brain then drank her blood and tried to summon the devil has been jailed for 19 years in Russia.
Dmitry Luchin brutally killed his older lover Olga Budunova, 45, smashing a wine bottle repeatedly over her head before dismembering her body with a meat cleaver.
The 23-year-old ‘roasted’ her brain, ate it while ‘drinking her blood’ and tore out her insides, a court in Novgorod was told. Luchin also daubed swear words, including the word ‘whore’ on her body in blood and purple-coloured nail polish.
He was found guilty of murder committed with special cruelty and will serve his sentence in a harsh regime penal colony.
Luchin – who had been declared mentally fit to stand trial – read a bizarre poem to the court in which he denied he was a ‘maniac, murderer, (and) cannibal’.
He had carefully planned the ‘ritualistic cannibalistic murder’ after becoming obsessed with reading about serial killers on the web, alleged prosecutors during his trial.
The maniac admitted to police that he got sexual pleasure from the attack, although he later retracted his confession of guilt, after a crime scene reenactment in which he showed police how he killed and dismembered the woman.
Budunova was killed after her ‘toy boy lover’ went to her flat in Valdai for ‘romantic’ drinks to mark International Women’s Day, a major public holiday in Russia, the court heard.
Alexandra Dedova, 21, a neighbour who witnessed the grotesque crime scene soon after the murder, was present at Luchin’s initial police interrogation.
After killing Budunova, he used her blood to daub ‘a sign of the devil’ on a door, testified Dedova.
‘He wanted to summon the devil,’ she said. ‘He waited for five minutes but the devil did not appear.’
‘Next he took the meat cleaver and smashed her skull to the brain. He cut pieces out of her brain. He roasted and ate them. He liked it. He ate another piece, he said.
‘Then poured a glass of her blood and drank.’
Dedova said: ‘Next he cut out her stomach, and chopped off her ears. One he put into her mouth, the other into the cat’s bowl.’
Luchin told police: ‘I liked the taste of her brain. I decided to give it another try.
‘Then I drained some of her blood into a glass.’
Prosecutor Olga Bondarenko said Luchin ‘copied the actions of a ritual murder carried out by a serial killer’ which he had read about online.
This ‘turned him into a killer and cannibal’.
He was ‘especially obsessed’ with American Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, known as the Milwaukee Cannibal.
Dahner raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
Luchin subscribed to an online site called ‘World of maniacs and serial killers’, say prosecutors.
From an iron court cage he recited a poem begging to be acquitted.
He told judge Alexey Stanovsky: ‘Think who is in front of you? A maniac, murderer, cannibal? No way. I’ll explain briefly. A student, a sportsman, a poet. The rest is nonsense.
‘Finally, Your Honour, I say to you – consider fairly, wisely. I ask you to acquit me.
‘An innocent man should not go to jail.’
The judge halted his remarks when he began to talk about Soviet-era serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, known as the Butcher of Rostov.