Alleged cannibal believed eating victim’s remains would ‘cure his brain’

An Idaho man charged with murder and cannibalism in the death of a 70-year-old man allegedly believed that eating the victim’s flesh would “cure his brain.”

James David Russell, 39, is accused of killing David Flaget in September after tissue belonging to the victim was found inside Russell’s home in Clark Fork, the Bonners Ferry Herald reported.

Russell was taken into custody after authorities found Flaget’s body in a vehicle outside the alleged killer’s home on Sept. 10.

Newly released court documents reveal some of the victim’s remains were missing when his body was found.

Authorities said Russell believed he could “heal himself by cutting off portions of flesh” in order to “cure his brain,” according to the court documents.

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