Morgan State University student Alexander Kinyua, 21, was arrested Wednesday in Joppa, Md. for murdering his roommate and eating his heart and part of his brain.
The alleged killer confessed to using a knife to chop up his roommate, and then said he ate his victim’s organs. Police recorded in arresting documents that they found “two metal tins containing a human head and hands in the basement of Kinyua’s home,” U.S. News reported. (IMAGE: Suggested Newsweek cover: ‘We Are All Cannibals Now’)
Kinyua’s brother found the remains and his father reported the discovery to police.
The victim is believed to be Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, a Ghanaian immigrant who was living with Kinyua for six months before he was reported missing last week.
Kinyua told police during questioning, they said, that “he had caused the death of Mr Kodie by cutting him up with a knife,” and went on to say that “after causing the death he had ingested Mr. Kodie’s heart and portions of his brain.”
After eating the organs, the murderer reportedly discarded the remains of Kodie’s body in a nearby church dumpster.
Kinyua is charged with first degree murder and two counts of assault. He was also charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment related to a May 19 case. He was released on bond three days after that arrest, but was scheduled to appear in Baltimore District Court on June 19.
Kodie’s death is the second reported cannibal-killing in the U.S. this week. On Saturday a naked man believed to be high on bath salts was found eating the face of a homeless man in Miami.
Major Doug Verzi of the Investigative Service Bureau in Harford County, Md., said there was no evidence to suggest Kinyua’s case involved drugs.