Baltimore Student: I Ate Housemate's Heart, Brain

Motive unknown for Alexander Kinyua from Kenya

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 1, 2012 12:00 AM CDT | Updated Jun 1, 2012 12:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – America's gruesome crime wave marches on. This time, a suburban Baltimore man lost his heart and part of his brain to his cannibal college-student roomie, according to police. Kenyan Alexander Kinyua, 21, told cops he stabbed 37-year-old Kujor Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie of Ghana, dismembered him, ate his body parts, then hid the rest of the head and hands in the basement laundry room. Investigators discovered the remains when Kinyua's dad reported finding them in the home they all shared, reports AP. The rest of Kodie's body was found in a trash bin outside a nearby church, said police. "I've been with the agency 40 years, and I would say this is the first time I can remember someone consumed the victim," said sheriff Jesse Bane. "I've not encountered that in this county, and I hope we never encounter it again."

Kinyua has been charged with first-degree murder. He was out on bail during the attack after he was charged earlier last month with savagely beating a fellow student, who survived. Kinyua was studying electrical engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore, and was a one-time member of ROTC at the school. Fellow students told the Baltimore Sun that Kinyua appeared increasing agitated, and was odd to begin with. Police have not revealed a motive for the murder, and are consulting with behavioral experts from the FBI.

Alexander Kinyua, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his housemate.
Alexander Kinyua, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his housemate.   (AP Photo/Hartford County Sheriff's Office)
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