An eccentric Russian professor who chopped up his lover then planned to commit suicide dressed as Napolean Bonaparte had flown into a jealous rage before the murder, according to reports.
St. Petersburg State University Professor Oleg Sokolov — a noted Bonaparte reenactor — got into a heated fight Friday with his student-turned-sweetheart Anastasia Yeshchenko in the hours leading up to her death, BBC reported.
In a teary phone call, Yeschenko, 24, confided in her brother that she got into a fight with her 63-year-old boyfriend, sparked by the professor’s jealously, the outlet reported.
She told her brother that she wanted to attend a friend’s birthday party, but Sokolov reacted negatively to her plans, the outlet Crime Russia reported.
Sokolov sent the young woman packing to a youth hostel and told her to return later to collect her belongings, according to the report.
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But less than an hour later, the brother called Yeschenko back and she insisted that they had reconciled, the BBC reported.
Sokolov was arrested Saturday night when he fell into the Moika River while intoxicated as he tried to dispose of Yeshchenko’s remains, the Agence France-Presse reported.
The professor confessed to authorities that he planned to toss Yeshchenko’s remains in the river then kill himself dressed as Bonaparte at the landmark Peter and Paul Fortress, the outlet reported.
Police discovered a woman’s arms in his backpack, then Yeshchenko’s decapitated body at his home, the AFP reported.
He reportedly told officers that he killed her during an argument then chopped off her head, arms and legs.
Sokolov was brought to the hospital, where he is receiving treatment for hypothermia, the outlet reported. His lawyer said he admitted his guilt and is cooperating with authorities.
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