Paedophile cannibal who ate the ‘tasty brains’ of his victim dies before his trial

He explained how he put the severed head of Alexander Popovich, 21, in a microwave oven and turning it on the highest setting for three minutes. 

The girl had admitted to police how she used a frying pan to cook and eat the heart of a man she had “killed” – but the taste was “too sweet” while “the brains turned to be much more tasty”. 

The Russian authorities have revealed that beast Zverov – who had confessed to his crimes and showed detectives how he killed his victim in a macabre video – four months ago went into a coma and several months later died under guard in hospital following “an attempt to take his own life” in his cell as he awaited trial. 

His victim’s mother, Galina Popovich, said she would weep no tears for the death of her son’s killer.

“There is Karma after all – and it made its decision,” she said.

Zverov also confessed to having sex with underage schoolgirl Valeria who he took on a car journey some 1,500 miles from the Black Sea resort of Sochi to St Petersburg without her parents’ permission.

The girl remains in a children’s detention facility but is below the age of criminal responsibility and will face no charges for the cannibalism including an alleged confession that she stabbed the victim and opened his abdomen with a knife after his death before cooking human meat. 

A decision on her future will be made soon.

One version is that Popovich was attacked after he told his lodger Zverov that the girl was too young to be sexually active.

Another is that the victim had demanded a higher rent and Zverov became enraged. 

Galina said: “We received a phone call and were told the criminal case will be closed now Zverov is dead.

“The suspect passed away, and the schoolgirl is too young. 

“What can I say?

“I don’t care what happened to this suspect.”

She said that he had “expressed remorse, but the schoolgirl did not”.

Popovich’s heart, brain and one eye were cooked and eaten after Zverov used an axe to dismember the man in a house in Novinka near St Petersburg, said law enforcement. 

Zverov said he was “curious about the taste” of brains after a previous girlfriend died falling out of a window and cracking her head open, he told a judge in a closed session hearing, according to Russian media reports. 

He had been charged with murder and was expected to be accused of raping a minor. 

Komsomolskaya Pravda cited Russian Investigative Committee officials saying “the young girl took part in this massacre.”

But because she was below 14, she was  “interrogated as an underage witness and placed into a 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.

This girl was 15 when they began having sex and died last year when she was 18.

Her parents demanded that police should reopen an investigation into her death. 

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