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Russian Historian Accused of Murdering His Student After Being Found Drunk in River With Bag of Severed Limbs

Russian Historian Accused of Murdering His Student After Being Found Drunk in River With Bag of Severed LimbsDenis Sinyakov/AFP/GettyA well-known Russian military historian and professor at St. Petersburg State University was found in a river in the center of the city early Saturday morning drunkenly trying to dispose of a woman’s severed arms, according to Russian media reports. Police reportedly soon found the woman’s decapitated head and body, along with a bloody saw, in his apartment, and divers are said to have found her legs in black plastic bags at the bottom of the Moyka River. The alleged historian-turned-murderer, identified by Russia’s Interfax news agency as 63-year-old Oleg Sokolov, has already confessed to the killing, according to his lawyer, Alexander Pochuyev. “If such a heinous crime, which my client has confessed to, did take place, it was committed under the influence of strong factors, possibly pathological intoxication or temporary insanity,” Pochuyev was quoted as saying by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Pochuyev added “the verdict has not been passed yet, and until that moment a person is forbidden to be considered guilty” under Russia’s Criminal Code.Sokolov has reportedly entered a plea bargain for the gruesome murder of the 24-year-old victim, tentatively identified by law enforcement sources as Anastasia Eshchenko, one of his students and his co-author on research projects about the French military rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. Police have not yet confirmed a motive, but several local media reports suggest Sokolov and Eshchenko had a closer relationship than that of a teacher and student. Interfax cited sources saying the two lived together. Sokolov is said to have told detectives during his interrogation that he purchased a saw to get rid of Eshchenko’s body and drank booze during the dismemberment because he “repeatedly felt sick.” He also reportedly said he planned to commit suicide afterwards wearing the uniform of Napoleon. Sokolov is considered one of Russia’s leading experts on Napoleonic wars, and is well-known for reenacting moments of Napoleonic history. He was awarded France’s Legion d’Honneur in 2003. Sokolov was also a member of France's Institute of Social Science, Economics and Politics, but he had been stripped of his position on its scientific committee Saturday, the society said in a statement.“We could never imagine that he could commit such an odious act,” as an academic of such high standing, the ISSEP said. The battle re-enactor was also initially listed as a member of the Russian Military Historical Society, but by Saturday evening the organization insisted it had no ties to him. Russian state media reports that Sokolov is detained in a hospital and is being treated for hypothermia.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Gut microbes can get you drunk and damage your liver

Gut microbes can get you drunk and damage your liverIn 2016, a woman who had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit was acquitted of her DUI charge after it was discovered that she had an extremely rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome.” People with this syndrome carry microbes in their intestines that produce abnormally high levels of alcohol, which they produce when they break down sugars and carbohydrates. While auto-brewery syndrome is an extreme example, it makes one wonder: Could intestinal microbes be influencing other health or behavioral traits? Jing Yuan at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in Beijing published a new study in Cell Metabolism showing that an intestinal microbe may cause fatty liver disease by producing high levels of alcohol.



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Gut microbes can get you drunk and damage your liver

Gut microbes can get you drunk and damage your liverIn 2016, a woman who had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit was acquitted of her DUI charge after it was discovered that she had an extremely rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome.” People with this syndrome carry microbes in their intestines that produce abnormally high levels of alcohol, which they produce when they break down sugars and carbohydrates. While auto-brewery syndrome is an extreme example, it makes one wonder: Could intestinal microbes be influencing other health or behavioral traits? Jing Yuan at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in Beijing published a new study in Cell Metabolism showing that an intestinal microbe may cause fatty liver disease by producing high levels of alcohol.



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10-year-old girl films mom driving drunk, police say

10-year-old girl films mom driving drunk, police sayThe girl showed Glendale police officers video in which three children under the age of 15 could be heard yelling at her mother to stop.



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Rapists who target drunk women cannot be charged with rape under New York law, prosecutor says

Rapists who target drunk women cannot be charged with rape under New York law, prosecutor saysThe scenario is unfortunately common: A woman goes to a bar and chooses to have several drinks. Later that night, she becomes a victim of sexual assault.In New York, Manhattan's top prosecutor says, the assaulter can not be charged with a sex crime because of a legal loophole stipulating that someone who becomes voluntarily intoxicated is not considered "mentally incapacitated" for purposes of giving consent.



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Ex-VA doctor who was fired for being drunk on job charged with manslaughter in 3 veterans' deaths

Ex-VA doctor who was fired for being drunk on job charged with manslaughter in 3 veterans' deathsRobert Morris Levy was arrested and faces a grand jury indictment on manslaughter and fraud charges in connection with the death of three veterans.



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Beloved female football player, 17, killed by drunk driver in Florida

Beloved female football player, 17, killed by drunk driver in FloridaA beloved member of a Florida high school football team who planned on joiningthe Marines after graduating was hit and killed by a drunk driver while ridingher bike last weekend



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Meghan Markle's half-brother arrested for drunk driving

Meghan Markle's half-brother arrested for drunk drivingMeghan Markle's half-brother has been arrested by police in the United States for drink driving. Thomas Markle Jr, 52, was stopped by authorities in Oregon at 1:33am on Friday morning, according to gossip website TMZ. Mr Markle Jr, who is estranged from the Duchess of Sussex and has had a long history of run-ins with the law, reportedly failed a sobriety test, and was visibly drunk. He was taken to the police sobering center near his home, in Grants Pass, and his Chevy Silverado was impounded. In January 2017 Mr Markle Jr was arrested following a drunken row with his girlfriend, in which he threatened her with a gun. He then vowed he was going to seek help for his alcoholism. The duchess's father, Thomas Markle Sr, told the site: "My son has a serious problem and he needs help, and I hope he gets it."  Mr Markle Jr's sister, Samantha, added: "His drinking is not related to Meghan. He always drank."



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I Drove Drunk And It Cost 6 People Their Lives. Here's How My Own Life Changed Forever.

I Drove Drunk And It Cost 6 People Their Lives. Here's How My Own Life Changed Forever.On Nov. 1, 2003, I was involved in a drinking and driving accident. I cost six



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California Man Convicted for Riding Scooter While Drunk

California Man Convicted for Riding Scooter While DrunkThe prosecution was Los Angeles' first motorized scooter DUI incident.



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