HISTORY’S MOST SHOCKING CASES OF CULINARY MALEVOLENCE.
In the realm of darkness and depravity, where humanity fades, women have also engaged in the grisly act of cannibalism. While famous cases usually involve men, let us explore a macabre gallery where women feasted on their victims. Within these tales, it is revealed that some men derive sickening pleasure from consuming their prey, while women form a haunting bond by consuming the flesh of their lovers or spouses.
Do not be deceived, as there are exceptions where females devoured their own offspring, neighbour’s, and strangers who wandered into their sinister web. Motives behind this act may vary, but let us unveil a list of female killers who indulged in this horror. Some exhibited brutal indifference, hacking through sinew and bone. Others revealed in precision, skillfully peeling back layers of skin and expertly dissecting the tender meat of their victims.
These female cannibals enjoyed their gruesome meals in isolation, while others turned their sadistic practices into wicked feasts, serving their monstrous dishes to unsuspecting neighbors, friends, relatives, and even their own children.
1. Natalia Baksheeva
Dmitry Baksheev (January 28, 1982 – February 16, 2020) and Natalia Baksheeva (born January 25, 1975) were a Krasnodar couple involved in a murder case. Rumors suggested their involvement in additional killings and cannibalistic acts. The couple was convicted and imprisoned in 2019. Dmitry, born in 1982, had a history of robbery and car theft, but all his convictions were extinguished before the murder. He worked as an apartment repairman and general worker.
Natalia, born in 1975, used to work as a senior nurse at the Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School’s sanitation department but was dismissed due to chronic alcoholism. They had been living together since 2012 in a school dormitory, with Natalia inheriting the room from her previous husband. Their lifestyle was considered antisocial.
The Baksheevs’ crimes were discovered by chance when Dmitry lost his mobile phone, which contained photos of him with human remains, including one where he held a severed human hand in his mouth. Road workers found the phone and promptly reported it to the police. During interrogation, Dmitry initially claimed to have found the remains in the bushes but later confessed to killing a woman.
The investigation revealed that the Baksheevs’ victim was Elena Vakhrusheva, a resident of Krasnodar. The murder occurred during an alcohol-fueled argument between Natalia and Elena on September 8. Natalia instructed Dmitry to kill Elena and actively participated in the murder. Elena died from multiple stab wounds. The Baksheevs then dismembered the body, keeping some remains in their home and disposing of others in the surrounding area.
During the investigation of the Baksheevs’ activities, human body fragments in saline solution, along with unidentified food and frozen meat parts, were discovered. The remains of the deceased were located and confiscated in the basement of the house and its surroundings. The food and frozen meat fragments were sent for examination. Initially, the Baksheevs were charged with murder, but later the charges were changed to group murder. The case was referred to the first department for investigation of special importance. The head of the Investigative Department of the Russian Democratic Republic for the Krasnodar Krai confirmed that the remains found in the Baksheevs’ apartment belonged to a single individual.
Rumors circulated that the couple had engaged in human hunting since 1999. According to these rumors, the victims were subjected to torture before being killed, and their bodies were used to create various dishes, some of which were canned. It was claimed that Natalia had supplied canned human meat to the school where she worked, but these rumours were disproven. Similarly, there were allegations that the Baksheevs had distributed such canned food to catering establishments in Krasnodar, but these claims were quickly debunked.
The media reported that Dmitry had confessed to a murder committed in 2012, while Natalia purportedly confessed to 30 murders. However, the Investigative Committee stated that they had no evidence of a series of cannibalistic murders by a married couple and that only one murder was linked to the Baksheev case. Additional rumors emerged during the search of the Baksheevs’ apartment, including the discovery of human skin, body parts, disturbing photographs of dishes, and canned food containing human meat, including mammary glands. Cooking recipes for humans were also rumored to have been found.
2. Isabel Cristina Pires and Bruna Cristina da Silva
In the darkest corners of human savagery, where Margery Lovett finds her demented kin, a trio of women emerged as horrific purveyors of flesh-infused delicacies. In 2012, justice clamped down upon Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira, his wife Isabel Cristina Pires, and his mistress Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva, unveiling their reign of terror characterized by the disappearance and extermination of unsuspecting female victims.
Their nefarious plot unfolded with a macabre ritual: once their captives met their grisly demise, the trio proceeded to dismember their lifeless forms. Anointed with cumin and salt, the flesh was then interred within morbid pastries – pies filled with unspeakable horror. A twisted feast ensued; some of these hellish pastries were consumed by the perpetrators themselves while others were sold to unsuspecting members of their community: neighbour’s, innocent school children, and even those entrusted with preserving life within hospital walls.
Motivated by a twisted belief that consuming human flesh could cleanse their corrupt souls, this group from Brazil stooped to unimaginable depths. Amidst their numerous acts of horror, the most abhorrent crime emerged – the murder of a young mother in front of her vulnerable 18-month-old daughter. Confessions unveiled Negromonte da Silveira’s chilling acknowledgment, describing the gruesome act of feeding the innocent child fragments of her own mother’s flesh.
Oliveira da Silva heartlessly took on the responsibility of raising the traumatized child for four terrifying years until justice finally caught up with the despicable trio. Eventually, the courts issued their verdict – imposing a prison term of at least 20 years for each perpetrator, providing only a small semblance of justice for the monstrous atrocities they had unleashed upon the world.
3. Katherine Knight
In the annals of human malevolence, a haunting tale from February 2000 emerges, revealing the monstrous deeds of Katherine Knight. Consumed by an obsession with knives and driven to madness by her partner’s refusal to end his relationship with his ex-wife, Knight unleashed a horrifying frenzy upon John Charles Thomas Price. With brutal force, Knight repeatedly stabbed Price, leaving him with at least 37 wounds. But her depravity did not end there; drawing on her previous experience as an abattoir worker, Knight meticulously skinned his entire body in a grotesque exhibition.
The horrifying scene in their home would terrify even the bravest individuals. Price’s skin hung eerily on a meat hook in their living room. And yet, Knight’s descent into madness had just begun. Unimaginable horror unfolded as Knight removed Price’s head from his lifeless body. With a twisted imagination that was beyond understanding, she engaged in a grotesque culinary experiment.
In the midst of her unspeakable madness, Knight combined Price’s stolen flesh with pumpkin, baked potato, zucchini, beetroot, yellow squash, and cabbage. The resulting dish, served with a chilling gravy, was evidence of a brutality that could not be comprehended.
As the authorities entered the den of horrors, they were confronted with a scene that was worse than any nightmare. Two plates, weighed down by Price’s remains, were on the dining room table – a sinister meal prepared by Knight herself. A disturbing urge led her to serve her partner’s filleted body parts to his adult children, an act that was both perverse and unhinged. The halls of justice echoed with a verdict that aimed to restrain the immense evil of this disturbed individual. Australia’s Supreme Court solemnly condemned Knight to Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre, making her the first female murderer to receive a lifelong sentence without any possibility of release.
4. KLARA MAUEROVA
In May 2007, the town of Brno in the Czech Republic witnessed a horrifying event that would traumatize all witnesses. The disturbing story of the Mauerova family unfolded in their hidden cellar, where unspeakable acts left lasting marks on the walls. A neighbour’s call alerted the authorities, guiding them into an unfathomable darkness. In the depths of the Mauerova’s secret refuge, they found a scene of horror – the deceased body of a young boy, partially stripped of his delicate skin.
This horrifying discovery provided insight into the suffering endured by 8-year-old Ondrej and 10-year-old Jakub. A sadistic symphony unfolded in the cursed cellar, as Klara Mauerova satisfied her cruel urges. For months, her sons were chained, subjected to relentless torment, and robbed of their innocence. The very blades that should never have touched their delicate skin were placed in their hands, forcing the boys to inflict pain upon themselves at their mother’s twisted command. Her evil desires drove her to install a baby monitor, a sinister gateway into the boys’ agony, allowing her to revel in their torment from the comfort of her kitchen.
News of this horrific event spread rapidly throughout the community, as authorities sought to apprehend those responsible for such vile actions. In the aftermath of the terror, Klara Mauerova, a 31-year-old mother, stood alongside other members of a cult known as the Grail Movement. These individuals included her siblings, Katerina Mauerova and Jan Skrla, as well as Barbora Skrlova, an imposter disguised as a teenager, and Jan Turek.
All were manipulated by an enigmatic leader referred to as “Doctor” and were mere pawns in a malevolent plot. With trembling hands, Mauerova accused Skrlova of orchestrating these abhorrent crimes. The cult’s twisted beliefs compelled its followers to consume the raw flesh of young Ondrej, resulting in a horrifying aftermath. The authorities could not overlook these monstrous acts that had stained their town’s reputation.
Klara Mauerova and her sister served nine years in a maximum-security prison. The other cult members also faced their fate, as prosecutors sought sentences of five to seven years. However, no punishment could fully capture the horror of their crimes. The whispers of Brno forever immortalized the grim tale, reminding us of the abyss that existed in the Mauerova family home. As the nightmare faded, the echoes of their suffering remained – a haunting reminder of human evil and the delicate balance between civilization and descent into darkness.
5. Leonarda Cianciulli
Leonarda Cianciulli, an Italian native, gained the nickname “la saponificatrice di Correggio” or “Soap-Maker of Correggio” for her terrifying crimes. She murdered three women and used their remains to make tea cakes and soap. This story reveals the depths of human darkness. Cianciulli, a superstitious mother who had experienced tragedy, tragically lost 13 children either in infancy or during pregnancy. When her eldest son, Giuseppe, joined the military during World War II, Cianciulli became consumed by a paranoid belief that sacrificing human lives would protect her beloved child.
Between 1939 and 1940, Cianciulli preyed on unsuspecting female visitors to her shop, drugging them before brutally ending their lives with an axe. With a sinister intention, she proceeded to boil their bodies in a pot filled with “caustic soda,” a substance renowned for dissolving organic matter. Cianciulli meticulously collected the coagulated blood and then used an oven to bake it. Combining the blood with flour, chocolate, milk, eggs, margarine, and sugar, she created what can only be described as truly abhorrent teacakes. Shockingly, both Cianciulli and her favored son indulged in these horrifying treats, while unsuspecting customers also fell victim to the macabre delicacies.
Correggio’s authorities discovered Cianciulli’s secret when she brazenly used one of the victim’s vouchers. She was promptly apprehended, faced justice in court, and received a 30-year prison sentence, as well as three additional years in an asylum. Today, the pot she used for her heinous acts is displayed in Rome’s Criminological Museum, serving as a chilling reminder of human depravity. Leonarda Cianciulli’s story is a testament to the disturbing capacity of certain individuals to blur the line between humanity and horror.
6. Omaima Nelson
In 1991, California was shocked by an incident involving Omaima Aree Nelson, a former Egyptian model. She committed a horrifying act of violence against her husband, William “Bill” Nelson, in a disturbing sequence of events. Prepare yourself, as the details are truly chilling. Nelson attacked her husband with scissors and struck him with an iron in their own home. Sadly, the brutality did not end there.
In a horrifying twist, she decapitated and dismembered her husband, removing his head and hands. The depths of horror that followed are unimaginable. Nelson proceeded to peel the skin off her husband’s torso and lower body, instilling a profound sense of dread and disbelief. But what adds a more sinister layer to this grotesque tableau is the fact that she chose to fry his severed hands using vegetable oil. The depravity of such actions is incomprehensible.
This case reveals the disturbed mindset of Omaima Nelson, as shown during her trial. She firmly believed she had to kill her husband to safeguard herself from sexual abuse. Testimony from her psychiatrist in 1993 further illuminated her mental state, as she confessed to cooking her husband’s ribs while dressed in a striking red outfit, hat, high heels, and lipstick. These details portray an individual detached from reality. Even more disturbing is the fact that approximately 80 pounds of Bill Nelson’s flesh, including his genitalia, were unrecovered by authorities.
This case continues to confound and disturb those who delve into its dark depths. In the realm of justice, California declared its verdict: Omaima Aree Nelson received a 25-year to life prison sentence. Despite ongoing efforts, she remains incarcerated, consistently denied parole. This chilling tale serves as a stark reminder of the profound depths of human depravity and the enduring scars it inflicts on victims and society.
7. Philippa Mdluli
In 1983, Philippa Mdluli, a Swazi restaurant owner, faced a disturbing case that resulted in her execution by hanging. The charges against Mdluli involved serving meals made from the body parts of young girls, with the participation of a 5-year-old victim. Tragically, in this region, there was a twisted belief that young girls were a delicacy, attracting loyal customers who frequently bought Mdluli’s repulsive dishes.
It is distressing to learn that Mdluli not only committed these horrifying acts but also paid one of her employees to offer his own daughter as a victim for her evil intentions. To make this already horrifying story even worse, she shamelessly served the child’s flesh in her restaurant. The consequences for Mdluli’s crimes were swift and severe. She became the final person in the country to be executed for such an offensive offense. The fact that this punishment was imposed reflects society’s extreme disgust and condemnation of the nature of her crimes.
8. Valentina Dolbilina
In the town of Manturovo, located by the dark Volga waters, a horrifying tale unraveled. Valentina Dolbilina, a 36-year-old mother, and Vitaly Bezrodnov, a 26-year-old factory worker, became trapped in darkness as their wicked desires drove them to commit a heinous act that would forever taint their souls.
On a typical night, Dolbilina, Bezrodnov, and three others immersed themselves in a terrifying drunken stupor that pushed them to the brink of consciousness. However, amidst their intoxication, Bezrodnov felt a sinister hunger. Without hesitation, he and Dolbilina focused their malevolent gazes on their incapacitated companions, silently selecting their unwitting victims.
The grotesque scene unfolded as Bezrodnov, driven by his repulsive appetite, grabbed an axe and disposed of the most enticing individual among them. In mere moments, the chilling sound of steel cutting through flesh reverberated through the air as they callously severed 15 lbs of exquisite cuts from their unfortunate prey. With a twisted sense of delight, they proceeded to cook their horrific spoils over an open flame.
Fate had a sinister twist in store for them. A companion seeking solace in sleep was awakened by an intoxicating aroma wafting through the air. Unaware of the grisly truth awaiting him, he unknowingly joined his comrades at the dinner table, indulging in the grotesque feast. Little did he know, with each revolting bite, he consumed his own flesh and blood. In another corner of this grim world, in the town of Zhytomyr, Ukraine, darkness descended once more.
Two individuals and a woman, their souls corrupted by satanic rituals, were accused of unspeakable crimes that were beyond understanding. While they mercilessly took the lives of their victims, their sins were revealed when their attempt to extort money from the anguished family of one victim failed. The chilling stories of Manturovo and Zhytomyr serve as unsettling reminders of how far humanity can fall, exposing the horrifying truth that evil exists even in the most obscure corners of our world.
9. Olesya Mostovschikova
In Russia, a horrifying tale has unfolded. Olesya Mostovschikova, known as the ‘cannibal,’ is imprisoned and haunted by her heinous actions. In her Siberian home in Irkutsk, Mostovschikova had a heated argument with a friend one fateful night under the influence of alcohol. Fueled by anger, she grabbed an axe to carry out her sinister intentions. With an incomprehensible fury, she mercilessly struck her unfortunate victim repeatedly until their argument was silenced forever. However, this act of violence was not ordinary; it represented a descent into madness and wickedness.
After satisfying her thirst for bloodshed, Mostovschikova engaged in the unholy act of dismemberment with chilling precision, severing limbs from the body. The air became heavy with the metallic smell of carnage as she indulged in her grotesque feast. This sight surpasses even the darkest corners of my twisted imagination.
Mostovschikova, displaying disturbing composure, admitted her horrifying actions to the authorities. With a twisted pride, she recounted finding pleasure in removing her victim’s ears, gouging out an eye, and amputating an arm and hand. These body parts became the terrifying ingredients for a meal beyond imagination. However, Mostovschikova was not alone in her descent into darkness. A confidante named Julia shared her wicked desires and actively supported these monstrous acts. Together, they plotted and hid the remains in the cellar of that sinister, evil-tainted house.
Driven by insatiable hunger from their unholy deeds, they returned to their dreadful hiding place several days later. The air reeked with the putrid smell of flesh as they cut off more pieces from the lifeless body, using the stove’s heat to cook these forbidden morsels until they sizzled. With each bite, they relished in their twisted satisfaction. However, the consequences of their wickedness extended beyond Mostovschikova’s four walls. Her vulnerable seven-year-old son was forced to witness unspeakable horrors. He watched in terror as his mother unleashed her cruel anger and indulged in her demonic feast before him. The innocence of a child shattered forever, tainted by this nightmarish episode.
Overwhelmed by her fragile existence, Julia begged for her portion of the horrifying feast. In a fight for survival, she gave in to Mostovschikova’s threats, fearing she would become prey to her insatiable hunger. In a cruel twist, Mostovschikova aimed to conceal another layer of deception, hiding the evidence of her monstrous crimes once more. She dissected the victim’s body again, discarding the legs in a nearby trash bin while secretly burying the remaining parts in her dreadful garden. The disturbing sight of human limbs shocked unsuspecting locals, proving that evil had invaded their peaceful community. However, darkness cannot remain hidden indefinitely.
The relentless pursuit of justice uncovered a horrifying mystery: trails of blood and scattered fragments throughout Mostovschikova’s home. Investigators forcefully unearthed the unimaginable remains concealed underground, ensuring her fate would be remembered as a terrifying tale. Mostovschikova now faces the consequences of her despicable actions, imprisoned. She may be charged with murder, potentially receiving a sentence of up to fifteen years. Meanwhile, her young son seeks solace at a children’s rehabilitation centre, attempting to evade the incessant nightmares plaguing his fragile psyche.