A schoolgirl at the centre of an horrific cannibal murder has described how she used a frying pan to cook her victim’s heart – but the taste was “too sweet”.
The child told state investigators in Russia: “The brains turned to be much more tasty.”
The girl – named as Valeria by local media – had run away from home and took part in the murder and dismembering of Alexander Popovich, 21, police say.
She was detained alongside her paedophile boyfriend Arkady Zverev, 22, who was named and pictured for the first time today.
He also admitted to killing Popovich, and confessed to a sexual relationship with the underage girl.
She won’t face charges as she is too young
Valeria, 12, who was involved in murder and cannibalism
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The 12-year-old child told officers she had stabbed the man – in whose flat they were lodging – after he went to bed.
Then she opened his abdomen with a knife because she “always wanted to see what was inside there”, local media reports.
Next, she cut flesh out of his chest which she fried.
Zvarev said she used an axe to behead the victim and chop off his arms.
She then put his severed head in a microwave in the ground floor flat.
In his testimony, Zverev insisted he was first to stab Popovich after a row about the rent for living in his flat in Novinka village near St Petersburg, it was reported.
He had obeyed his 12-year-old lover’s demand to “kill him” because of the dispute.
She then joined in the knife attack and cut out organs from his body, he said.
“Arkady took a nap and Valeria remained as awake, staring at the dead body,” reported 47news.ru
Arkady Zverev is charged with murder
Victim Alexander Popovich
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In the morning they lit the oven but this started a fire and they tried to escape from the windows.
Neighbours called the police leading to their arrest.
The girl is below the age of criminal responsibility and will not face charges, law enforcement officials have made clear.
Zverev – who confessed to killing Popovich – is to be charged with murder and dismembering a corpse, as well as crimes related to sex with an underage girl, say law enforcement sources.
He described Valeria as his “girlfriend”.
Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper cited Russian Investigative Committee officials saying “the young girl took part in this massacre.”
But because she is below 14, she is being “interrogated as an underage witness and placed into the special detention centre for children”.
Zverev, from the Altai mountains in Siberia, previously had a relationship with another underage girl called Olga Semibokova who died after falling from a window, it was alleged today.
The house where the victim was killed and dismembered
The flat was littered with blood stained rags, knives and the victim’s body was stowed under a white sheet in the back
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This girl was 15 when they began having sex and died two months ago when she was 18.
Her family today claimed her death had not been properly investigated – and asked for the case to be reopened in the light of the cannibal killing.
Tatiana Semibokova, the aunt of the dead girl, said Zverev “took her away from her family.
“He seduced a small girl, she thought it was her first love and was devoted to him.”
She absconded with him and lived in Novosibirsk, a city hundreds of miles from her home, she said.
The sink full of dirty utensils in the house where the victim’s head was microwaved and his brain eaten
Dirty pots and pans in the house where the school girl is thought to have cut flesh and fried it
“How such a monster could attract our girl, we do not know,” said the aunt.
“Olga understood that he was a cruel person, but she always justified his behaviour.
“She said: ‘He lacked parental warmth, I can warm his heart’.”
Police are also checking claims of Valeria’s neighbours that she acted as an “administrator” of a notorious “online death group”.
The remains of victim Alexander Popovich
The creepy run down flat is where the victim was killed and parts of his body cooked and eaten
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She had been reported to police previously over belonging to the so-called Blue Whale group which encourages vulnerable teenagers to take their own lives, it was reported.
A shocking video released by the Russian Investigative Committee – in charge of probing serious crime – showed the messy bloodstained ground floor flat and the victim’s body parts covered in a white quilt.
When the runaway girl was reported missing ten days ago, she was described as looking older than her age, around 15 or 16.
It is unknown how and where she met the axeman but she posted a message on her social media saying: “I love one stalker.
“I won’t give him away to anyone, he is only mine. I do not need anybody else.”
One officer said: “The contents of the frying pan did not look like the fresh meat found at a supermarket.”