Professor stashes 29 corpses in house of horror
WHEN police entered the apartment of a respected Russian professor they met a grotesque horror show.
Inside Anatoly Moskvin's home in the Volga-River city of Nizhny Novgorod, they found 29 mummies of women's bodies the historian had dug up from cemeteries and dressed in clothes scavenged from graves.
The mummies were clothed in bright dresses and headscarves, some with their hands and faces appearing to be wrapped in cloth. Police said they were mummified remains.
Police said he had only selected the remains of young women for his grisly collection. The arrest followed a long-running investigation into the desecration of graves at several cemeteries. Moskvin was detained while carrying a bag of bones.
Moskvin (45) is considered an expert on cemeteries, and spoke openly about rummaging through cemeteries and studying gravestones to uncover the stories behind them.
Moskvin, who is a linguistic expert by training, had long been known in the region for his interest in the dead and had written several articles about cemeteries.
He is a specialist in Celtic culture and has studied 13 foreign languages.
In an interview with the 'Nizhny Novgorod Worker', Moskvin said he had inspected 752 cemeteries.
He said he drank from puddles, spent nights in haystacks or at abandoned farms and once even slept in a coffin readied for a funeral. He said he was repeatedly questioned by police, who then always let him go.
Last month, he wrote a piece on necrology to explain his interest in the dead. He said that when he was 12, the participants in a funeral procession forced him to kiss the face of a dead 11-year-old girl.
He said he later grew interested in the occult.