Monday, 25 September 2017

Lonely heart British chef, 40, is duped by a Ukrainian nursery worker he met online after sending her £1,600 to fly to meet him - only to be stood up

A man who sold his laptop and guitar to pay for his Ukrainian girlfriend to come to live with him has been left humiliated after she turned out to be a con woman.

Colin Orr, a chef from Edinburgh, met Olga Marchenko on penpal website Interpals and the two soon began exchanging messages.

Colin, 40, quickly fell for Olga, who said she was a nursery worker living in Lugansk, Ukraine, and he began sending money to support her and her young daughter.

In less than a month, Olga told Colin that she loved him and that she wanted to move to Edinburgh to marry him.

Over the next 5 months, the couple exchanged over 800 emails, thousands of Whatsapp messages and had many phone conversations where they would share pictures and talk about life, marriage, children and building a future together.

‘It was never sleazy,’ he told the Daily Record. ‘We were writing to each other every day and I liked it. She told me that she was a widow and her husband had died in the fighting out there because Lugansk is right on the frontline.’

Colin, who was conned out of £1,600 by Olga, said that despite early reservations, he had faith that the relationship was genuine because she had seemed so sincere in their communications.

‘She asked me for help financially and I said yes,’ he said. ‘I thought if I didn’t take a chance on her, I might be missing out on something that could have been amazing.’
Olga was due to arrive on July 1, six months after they had met.

However, when Colin, a father of one, went to the airport to meet her, she never arrived, despite having emailed him hours earlier to tell him he’d be able to spot her because she’d be wearing a pink T-shirt and her daughter a red cap.

In his innocence, Colin did not realise that he had been stood up and initially raised a missing persons alert. However, police were able to establish from her passport details that Olga was perfectly fine and was living outside of the UK.

Colin, who admits to being ‘naive’, remains baffled by her motives. ‘Why would she take my money? I’m just a working-class man and she knew that,’ he said.

‘She knew about how hard I was working and that I’d sold my guitar and laptop for her when she needed money.’

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: ‘Police in Edinburgh were called to an address in Oxgangs following a report of concern for a 32-year-old woman.

‘The matter was reported to police on Thursday, July 6. Officers conducted inquiries and it was quickly established that the woman was living outside UK.

‘Officers have explained the circumstances to the complainer and appropriate advice has been given.’

Straight out of fiction Inside the home of Sherlock Holmes

Have you ever wondered what would be like to be inside the residence where one of the most famous fictional detectives in the world and his room mate lived? If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan you probably know about this apartment, the starting place of almost all of Sherlock’s and Watson’s adventures. You can actually go inside it, in London, on the same legendary street often mentioned in the books.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately-run museum in London opened in 1990. It is dedicated to the celebrated 19th-century detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The museum is situated in Baker Street number 221b, the address of the fictional detective, although it actual address is between numbers 237 and 241.

The owners of the museum did a really good job at finding the right place. The Sherlock Holmes Museum is inside a Georgian four-story town house that was used as a boarding house from 1860 to 1936. This perfectly matches with the period of 1881 to 1904, the time when Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were living on Baker Street as tenants of Mrs Hudson (according to the novels). The museum is run by a non-profit organization called “the Sherlock Holmes International Society”.

If you decide to visit, your experience will start on the Baker Street metro station,  where you will be immediately welcomed by the familiar silhouette of detective Holmes.

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Cannibal family 'confesses to killing and eating at least 30 people in Russia, where they kept human remains in the cellar of their house of horror and posed for selfies with body parts (8 Pics)

Bakshaev is said to have confessed to the gruesome killings

A family accused of being cannibals have admitted to killing and eating at least 30 people.
The gruesome killings are said to have taken place over 18 years as police are believed to have discovered eight body parts.
Officers are now checking for more human remains to determine if the confessions are genuine.
Dmitry Bakshaev, 35, from Krasnodar in southern Russia has allegedly told interrogators he began his macabre reign of terror in 1999.
His picture was released along with a 35-year-old woman alleged to be one of his victims. She has not been named.

The first picture of Natalia

Bakshaev and his wife Natalia, a nurse, was part of a "cannibal family", according to Mash news outlet, which is known to have links to Russian law enforcement.
As well as the shocking find of human body parts, police also found a "video lessons for cannibals" in their home, local news reports have claimed.
Mash initially identified the pictured woman as his cannibal wife but local sources in Krasnodar insisted she was a recent victim.
Bakshaev and his spouse stored human remains in their fridge and freezer as well as a cellar, according to sources in the Russian Investigative Committee.
This woman could be a recent victim

A jar full of human body parts was found by officers

Seven packs of frozen body parts were found. The couple also preserved some "meat" in jars.
Some 19 remains of "human skin" were also discovered.
The pair were detained after a mobile phone was found in Krasnodar city with pictures showing a man posing for selfies by human body parts, it was reported.
Since her detention, Natalia has undergone psychiatric tests and was judged to be "mentally healthy", according to Mash.
She is alleged to have confessed to at least 30 cases of killing and cannibalism by the couple.
Her psychiatric hospital tests showed she was "an absolutely healthy adequate person who fully accounts of her actions", said her diagnosis cited by Mash.
One of the alleged victims, who appears to have his own hand shoved into his mouth

After being quizzed by law enforcement officers, the pair are reported to have "confessed".
It is known parts of a of female body were found on September 12 on land linked to a military academy in Krasnodar in a cellar.
A bucket and bag contained body parts. Another bag was filled with the dead woman's possessions.
Around the same time workers found a mobile phone with photographs of a man making a selfie with parts of a human body.
Bakshaev - believed to work in a military academy - had also photographed the decapitated head of the unknown woman and her skull.
Baksheev has confessed to the alleged crimes

Another sickening picture has been discovered by officers and is believed to show a human head being served as dinner.
It has been decorated with oranges and dated December 29, 1999, which, if true, leads to the suspicion that the confession of an 18 year reign of terror as a cannibal is correct.
Another image shows alleged human remains pickled in a jar.
The pictures were found by state investigators among the possessions of the "husband and wife cannibals".
One image shows alleged cannibal Dmitry Bakshaev posing with a hammer and sickle - the symbols of the Soviet Union, the country in which he was born.
Woman cannibal Natalia Bakshaeva is 42, seven years older than her husband, according to police documents.
It is not known how long they have been married. She works at the same military academy where her husband is employed.
Police have found a photograph of a human head surrounded by oranges

They live in academy quarters in a hostel. Her picture has not been released.
Both are currently held in detention in Krasnodar.
The pair used ether and a Russian drug Corvalol to put their victims to sleep.
The smell of the drug reeked from their room in a hostel at the military academy, according to neighbours.
A worker said: "Each time we tried to enter their room, they started wild shouting and crying.
"Natalia is a scandalous woman, aggressive, so we did not risk it."
Investigative committee official Natalia Smyatskaya added said the initial criminal investigation is into the death of one woman.
Other alleged murders are "being checked by our officers", she said.
Ms Smyatskaya, senior assistant to the head of Krasnodar Investigative Committee confirmed that the pictured dead woman had been identified but her name was not being released
She was 35, and had came to live in Krasnodar from Omutinsk town in Kirov region.
A criminal investigation has been opened.