Accused Idaho Cannibal Allegedly Wiped out, Mutilated, Microwaved Areas Of Seniors Man

An Idaho man, who allegedly believed ingesting human flesh would “cure his brain,” continues to be charged with the nasty slaying of the seniors man whose parts of the body were apparently microwaved and eaten, officials stated. 

James David Russell, 39, was billed with first-degree murder and cannibalism within the dying of David Flaget captured, prosecutors stated.

On Sept. 10, Flaget’s mutilated body was discovered inside his vehicle around the Russell family’s property in Clark Fork, Idaho, near which Russell was living. He was naked in the waist lower aside from a set of black socks, based on a probable cause affidavit acquired by, and the body was engrossed in trash bags. Each of his wrists were bound with duct tape. 

“His body demonstrated postmortem removal of your penis, nut sack, both testicles, and flesh from the outer right leg,” charging documents also mentioned.

The 70-year-old died from blunt pressure trauma towards the mind and neck, based on the Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office. “Post-mortem mutilation” was apparent across his body, police force also stated.

The following day, searching warrant was performed at Russell’s second-story apartment, which allegedly switched up more “tissue, in conjuction with the flesh” around the apartment — including inside a bloody microwave.

“Portions from the removed tissue were retrieved inside and outdoors of James Russell’s apartment,” the probable cause statement added. “Evidence within the apartment signifies servings of the flesh taken off David Flaget were put into a glass bowl and microwaved.” 

A clinical examiner also determined that Russell might have microwaved a number of Flaget’s flesh which was available at the scene. Forensic testing ultimately also confirmed it had been Flaget’s DNA based in the bowl in Russell’s apartment, but numerous parts of the body — including Flaget’s penis, one testicle, a part of his nut sack and a few flesh from his right leg — weren’t ultimately retrieved by investigators.

Government bodies later learned Russell created a troubling voicemail message on his uncle Mark Russell’s phone at the time that Flaget’s body was discovered.

“Sorry… I may well be a little sensitive – some kind of food I ate,” Russell allegedly told his member of the family inside a voicemail message, based on charging documents.

In May, Russell’s brothers and sisters — who’d taken him to some hospital for psychological attention — had also told North Park police the 39-year-old “wanted to chop chunks of his skin served by a knife” to be able to “cure his brain.” 

Russell is presently being held without bond pending a competency evaluation, officials stated.

“It is indeed my intention to prosecute Mr. Russell fully extent from the law and also to bring some degree of justice for David Flaget’s family,” Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall told inside a statement.

“Here in Idaho there is not an madness defense,” Marshall stated inside a statement also presented to “However, an offender should be considered qualified to stand trial. The 2 standards will vary and involve different occasions along the way. Madness concentrates on time from the crime, whereas competency concentrates on the current.””Once Mr. Russell is restored to competency an initial hearing is going to be scheduled as well as an evidentiary hearing will occur,” he added.

His next scheduled court date is placed for 12 ,. 28. No more information was launched by officials concerning the open situation. Sean Walsh, Russell’s attorney, wasn’t immediately readily available for comment when contacted by on Tuesday.

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