Season 2 True Crime

Nikolai Dzhumagaliev – Always In The Mood to Eat Her

Trigger Warning: Accidental mentions of suicide Nikki and Kalai talk about a serial killer from Nothern Asia, the most wildin’ cannibal murderer they’ve covered yet, Nikolai Dzhumagaliev a.k.a. The Metal Fang of Kazakhstan

Sources: Criminal Minds Fandom, All That’s Interesting, Wikipedia

He was called The White Metal Fang

Born as Nikolai Espolovich Dzhumagalievon 15 November 1952, in Uzynagash, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union, to a Kazakh father and Belarusian mother, the third of four children and only son of his family.

After a childhood fight that left him without his front teeth, Dzhumagaliev was given the option to be fitted with dentures. Rather than the traditional plastic resin or porcelain teeth, however, Dzhumagaliev was fitted with teeth made from white metal.

After completing the ninth grade of school, Dzhumagaliev entered a railway school; following his graduation, he was assigned to work in Atyrau. In 1970, at age 18, he was conscripted into the Soviet Army, serving in chemical defense in Samarkand and Otar in Uzbek SSR.

In 1973, he applied both to enter Kazakh University and for a chauffeur job, but he failed on both accounts.

After, he traveled the Soviet Union, visiting the Ural Mountains, Siberia, and Murmansk, where he tried a number of professions, including a sailor, forwarder (which is a driver or someone who operates trucks used for logging trees), electrician, and bulldozer operator.

Though considered a “second-rate man” physically, and known for missing his front teeth as a result of a fistfight (which he had replaced with white metal dentures), he was valued for being always clean-shaven and well-dressed and had little trouble picking up women and having casual sex.

He looks like he could be a James Bond villain. Like not the main boss, but like the dude you kill to get to the main boss. Because he doesn’t have the big baddie villain energy that these fictional characters have, he’s got loser energy.

 In 1977, he returned to Uzun-Agach, where he took a job as a firefighter. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with two sexually transmitted diseases, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

Dzhumagaliev blamed women as a whole, and he developed an intense hatred for them.

Dzhumagaliev planned his first murder very carefully. In January 1979, he killed a woman traveling along a rural path outside of Uzynagash.

He selected a Seventh-Day Adventist woman walking alone by the side of the road between Uzun-Agach and Maibulak and approached her from behind. When she turned back, he grabbed her, dragged her to the side of the road, and slashed her throat while he raped her, drinking the blood emanating from the wound afterward

During the investigation, Dzhumagaliev described his first murder.

I always loved to hunt, and often went hunting, but this was my first time hunting a woman.

When I went out on the Uzunagach Maibulak track, I saw some young peasant woman.

She was alone.

I felt my heart pound within me and I ran after her. Hearing my footsteps, she turned around, but I caught up with her and put my arm around her neck, and dragged her to the side of the landfill.

She resisted, but I cut her throat with a knife. Then I drank her blood. At this point, from the village appeared a Factory Bus.

I lay down on the ground and crouched next to the body.

 While I was lying there, my hands grew cold.

After the bus drove past, I warmed my hands on the woman’s body, then stripped her naked.

I cut the corpse’s breast into strips, removed the ovaries, and separated the pelvis and hips;

I then put these pieces into a backpack and carried them home.

I melted the fat to fry with, and some parts I pickled.

Once, I put the parts through a meat grinder and made dumplings.

I saved the meat for myself; I never served it to anyone else.

Twice, I grilled parts—the heart and the kidneys. Grilled meat, too.

But it was tough, and I had to cook it for a long time in its own fat.

The meat of this woman took me a month to eat.

The first time I ate human flesh, I had to force myself, but then I got used to it.”

Okay first of all you didn’t need to force yourself broski

Though a criminal investigation was opened for the grisly murder, it was closed because of the lack of leads.

Dzhumagaliev murdered five more women over the following six months, but on August 21, he shot a firefighter colleague during a drunken fight. Unaware of the serial killings, the police arrested Dzhumagaliev for manslaughter, but he was found not guilty by reason of insanity after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia at Moscow’s Serbsky Institute.

Dzhumagaliev was released after a year and returned to Uzun-Agach, where he killed three more women and served their flesh to unsuspecting friends in cookouts.

In December of 1981, Dzhumagaliev hosted a dinner party for friends, inviting several people over to his home. Unbeknownst to them, one among them wouldn’t make it out alive.

Shortly after the guests arrived, Dzhumagaliev pulled one of them aside, into a separate room for a conversation.

Instead of a chat, however, he killed the guest.

Despite the fact that several other guests were just rooms away, Dzhumagaliev began to dismember his guest right there.

When the other guests came looking for him, they came upon a horrifying scene

But Dzhumagaliev didn’t notice them. They fled, and reported him to the police.

When they arrived, police found Dzhumagaliev kneeling in front of the dismembered corpse, covered in blood.

The officers were so shocked to find Dzhumagaliev hacking the corpse while in the nude and covered in blood, that he was able to escape without incident, still armed with the ax.

A 24-hour manhunt commenced, ending the next day when he was found hiding out at his cousin’s house.

While in custody, Dzhumagaliev confessed to the women’s murders, claiming that they were sex workers and that he wanted to rid the world of them.

I hate it when people like him, serial killers and assholes, say that it’s okay they were sex workers, like it makes it okay, like no dude! It makes it worse!

He was tried on December 3, 1981, and was once again found insane. This time, the court established that he should be sent to a mental clinic where he would receive compulsory treatment.

Eight years later, in 1989, he put in a request for transfer to another facility. Then On August 29, 1989, while he was being transported to another mental facility.

Dzhumagaliev escaped from custody.

The people with him said it was like he vanished into thin air.

He made his way to Kyrgyzstan, where he hid in the mountains and traded wild medicinal plants for food.

As he felt the authorities closing in, he contacted a friend and convinced him to send a letter to Dzhumagaliev’s family from Moscow, in order to make the government believe that Dzhumagaliev was still in the capital.

The letter finished with Dzhumagaliev’s reassurance that he would not return home because there were many women in Moscow and nobody would miss them.

This information was picked up by the newspaper Kurants, which also reported that Dzhumagaliev had been seen in the city and its surrounding region.

The authorities refuted this information publicly in order to avoid a panic.

In April 1991, Dzhumagaliev got tired of being on the run and devised a plan to get himself arrested for a minor crime and sent to jail under a false identity.

He stole sheep in Fergana, Uzbekistan, with the aim of being imprisoned in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

After his arrest, he confessed to the theft and claimed to be a Chinese citizen.

However, he could not explain how he had entered the Soviet Union.

The Fergana police got suspicious and requested help from Moscow.

As a result, Moscow detective Yuri Dubyagin traveled to Fergana, and he immediately recognized Dzhumagaliev.

Dzhumagaliev was again sent to a mental hospital.

After the fall of the USSR, the hospital declared him sane and attempted to send him back to his hometown repeatedly, but the locals, the people from his hometown were like nuh-uh-uh no fucking way, we don’t want you here

Eventually, he was moved to a high-security mental clinic in Aktas, a village near Almaty, where he remains today and is allowed to work as a repairman.

Dzhumagaliev petitioned unsuccessfully to be given the death penalty during his third institutionalization.

In 2014, he was charged with the 1990 murder of a female student in Aktobe (formerly Aktyubinsk), western Kazakhstan, whose death fit Dzhumagaliev’s M.O.

In January 2016, a rumor gained traction in Whatsapp and Facebook, claiming that Dzhumagaliev had escaped again and murdered a woman on New Year’s Eve.

The information was picked up by tabloids in Australia and the United Kingdom, but Kazakh police merely stated that there was no order of arrest for Dzhumagaliev.

A 21-year-old female student from Uzynagash was later identified as the originator of the rumor and arrested.

Nikolai Dzhumagaliev aka Metal Fang

Dzhumagaliev arrested

Crime Scene from one of Dzhumagaliev’s victims

Dzhumagaliev’s recent photos

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