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A wife drank her husband’s blood and had sex with his corpse after killing him, police believe.
Marina Kokhal, 36, has been detained on suspicion of murdering her rapper husband Andy Cartwright in St Petersburg, Russia.
She has admitted cutting up the 30-year-old’s corpse – real name Alexander Yushko – but denies killing him.
Cops suspect she was jealous of the rapper’s younger lover, who had rented a flat near their home.
Kokhal claimed she found his corpse and dismembered it with a knife and hacksaw so his fans would not know he had died from an “inglorious” overdose.
Forensic tests have found no evidence of the latter.
Some body parts were found in Kokhal's fridge and others were dumped in the bin.
Mr Yushko's fingertips were fed to rats in the garden, it is alleged.
In a complaint to state prosecutors, Kokhal criticised the “disgusting” and “sick” line of questioning from detectives.
She was asked: “Did you taste his blood?”
And the Investigative Committee – which probes serious crime in Russia – asked her if she had “had sex with the corpse”, it is alleged.
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Kokhal’s defence claimed this questioning amounted to illegal coercion to testify by use of threats, which allegedly included taunts that investigators would find a good orphanage for her infant son when she was jailed.
Detectives are following leads that the wife had scoured the web for drugs to treat diabetes, even though no-one in her circle suffered from the condition.
A female fan of the rapper, 24-year-old Nadia Romanenko, said she began an affair with Cartwright in 2018.
“Our sexual relations I took place at my apartment,” she told Fontanka news agency.
“I specially rented a flat near his house. We met every day, and Kokhal did not know about it.”
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His wife locked him out if he returned home later than 11pm – and then he stayed overnight with her, Romanenko claimed.
But the wife eventually found out about the affair and became hostile to the mistress and enraged with her husband, she claimed.
Kokhal allegedly frightened Romanenko by claiming the rapper had AIDS.
Lawyer Irina Skurtu said her client “categorically” did not admit to murdering Cartwright.
The attorney said: “She explained the situation quite coherently, but kept repeating: ‘What have I done? What have I done?’”
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