When police officers discovered dismembered body parts being cooked on a stove inside the home of an Australian chef, they initially thought they were being pranked. Unfortunately, the gruesome scene would allegedly reveal that the husband murdered and cooked his transgender wife in 2014.
Australian police revealed in an inquest on Monday that they were notified by the owners of a Brisbane apartment building to investigate a rancid odor emanating from one of its units, AFP reports.
Marcus Volke, an Australian chef, is suspected of having murdered his wife, Indonesian transgender Mayang Prasetyo, back in their home back in 2014. The husband reportedly tried to cover the crime up by chopping up her body in pieces and cooking some parts.
Senior Constable Bryan Reid and his partner Constable Liam McWhinney found Volke at his home but he excused himself telling them that he had to go lock up his dogs before he can let them in. However, he fled from the back door and hid in an industrial bin where the cops would later find that he had killed himself.
Reid told the courts that the building manager had been concerned that something has gone awry.
“They knew that there was a female that lived there with the man and they hadn’t seen her for a couple days, and there was a foul sort of odor around there,” Reid was quoted as saying.
“It was a bad smell, it was something I hadn’t smelled before – I can’t really describe it. I’m thinking it could well be a murder that’s happened.”
The responding officers reported to the district coroner during the recent inquest that when they entered the flat, they found human feet being cooked in a pot next to a bloody floor.
“Originally I thought it was some sort of sick prank… Halloween or something. When I put two and two together, I realized it wasn’t a prank,” McWhinney said.
According to the Australian Associated Press, the rest of her remains were found in a black garbage bag stored inside a washing machine.
During the 3-day inquest, it was further revealed that Volke reportedly sought treatment for mental health problems in the weeks leading up to the crime.