The nutty professor who killed his Russian girlfriend and then planned to commit suicide costumed as Napoleon Bonaparte insisted Monday that he was the victim.
St. Petersburg State University professor Oleg Sokolov — a 63-year-old famous Napoleon historian and re-enactor — insisted on a Russian judge that his previous student-turned-girlfriend, Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, attacked him in a jealous before he murdered her.
“This girl, who looked like a beautiful paragon to me, turned into a monster,” Sokolov alleged, according to the BBC.
“She went mad when I introduced my children” from a past marriage and “attacked me with a knife,’’ he told, the Agence France-Presse reported.
But the victim — who would be costumed as Napoleon’s wife Josephine during reenactments to please her volatile girlfriend — had told her brother in a weepy phone call before her murder that Sokolov was angry because she wanted to go to a fellow’s birthday party, an online outlet told.
The victim told Sokolov kicked her out of his residence, where she had been existing with him, and that she required to return to collect her belongings, according to news site Crime Russia.
The move confirmed to be her doom.
When Yeshchenko went back to the apartment on Thursday, Sokolov killed her, police said.
The eccentric scholar — who was once awarded France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor, for his academic successes — shot his young lover four times, including once in the head, with a sawed-off shotgun, then cut off her head and limbs, police told.
Before placing of some of Yeshchenko’s limbs, he stashed her body behind a closed door in the home — and welcomed guests over, authorities told.
Then early Saturday, he stuffed her arms and a stun gun in a bag and threw the bag into the nearby Moika River in Saint Petersburg, officials said.