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French ‘female Hannibal Lecter’ cooked husband’s heart and genitals

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-20

An elderly French woman is suspected of having killed her husband and cooked his heart, nose and genitals, a judicial source said on Friday, describing the crime as carried out by a “female Hannibal Lecter”.

A judicial source said the 71-year-old woman, who was arrested in the northeastern French town of Longwy on May 22, had killed her 80-year-old husband with a kitchen mortar used for grinding spices and then "cooked his heart, nose and genital organs in a pot, but we don't know if she ate them".

The source described the suspect as a “female Hannibal Lecter”, referring to the fictional cannibal in the 1991 American thriller "The Silence of the Lambs".

Her lawyer, Caroline Depretz, said the woman suffered from delusions. "Obviously it was a fit of madness," she said.

The woman is being held in a prison psychiatric unit and is due to undergo tests to determine if she can be held responsible for her actions.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2014-06-20

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