Man ‘murdered and ate pensioner, 70, after believing it would cure his brain’

A man has been charged with murder and cannibalism after a 70-year-old man was found tied up in a car outside his home in the United States.

James Russell claimed that eating his victim would "cure his brain", according to the Bonner County Sherrif's Office in Idaho.

The 39-year-old, who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, allegedly killed his victim, known as David M Flaget, and was found by police who responded to a call about a suspicious death in the block of flats where he lived.

According to local reports, police found pieces of Mr Flaget's body while searching his home the day after the murder.

They also found a microwave and a glass bowl that contained blood, as well as a bloodied duffel bag and knife.

Bonner County Detective Phillip Stella said: "When dealing with death and carnage it's a shock to our conscience.

"As far as I know, this is the first cannibalism charge in Idaho.

"There’s a lot of facets we will certainly never know.

"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."

According to police documents, Russell thought her would be able to "heal himself by cutting off portions of flesh and that these would cure his brain".

Mr Flaget's wrists were found to be tied behind his back with tape, and he was "unresponsive" inside a vehicle outside of Russell's home on September 10.

Russell was arrested after a short stand-off with local police.

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He was due to stand trial in October, but that was delayed until he had met with Idaho Security Medical Program officials – the results of which are not being divulged to the public.

The new hearing will take place on December 28.

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