Jeremy Rimbaud, 26, told police he broke into the Nouilhan, France, home of 90-year-old Lepold Pedebidau Nov. 15 and killed him by beating him on the head, Daily Telegraph reported Sunday.
Forensic experts confirmed Rimbaud's confession that he then took a penknife and removed the victim's tongue and heart and ate them. The cooked tissue was found in Pedebidau's home on a plate next to some beans, perhaps a reference to the character Hannibal Lecter from "Silence of the Lambs," who ate human organs with "fava beans and Chianti," the newspaper said.
After leaving the army Nov. 5, Rimbaud started having fits of delirium, his girlfriend told Sud Ouest. She said she filmed one of his episodes and gave the footage to investigators.
Rimbaud, who was being held in a high-security prison, was diagnosed by military doctors with having post-traumatic stress disorder. The former soldier may have been traumatized by seeing his colleagues die and suffer serious injuries during his stint as an armored-car driver in Afghanistan, Sud Ouest reported.
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