Cannibalism alleged in killing of Ghanian former master’s degree student

A Harford County, Md., murder case took a macabre turn this week when the suspect, a Morgan State University electrical engineering major, allegedly told detectives that he hadn’t just killed the victim but had also eaten the man’s heart and parts of his brain.

The victim’s severed head and hands were found in the man’s Harford County home; more remains were left in a trash container outside a church.

Alexander Kinyua, 21, a former member of Morgan State’s’ ROTC program, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, a Ghanaian national and former master’s degree student who had been living with Kinyua’s family.

Kinyua’s father reported that Agyei-Kodie disappeared last Friday after going for a jog, but the investigation eventually led back to the family home. Kinyua was being held without bond, and authorities were exploring whether others participated in the crime or knew about it, based on what they called inconsistencies in statements made by the suspect’s family.

“I’ve been with the agency 40 years, and I would say this is the first time I can remember . . . where someone was placed under arrest in Harford County and as part of his crime he consumed the victim,” Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane said of the allegations against Kinyua.

“I’ve not encountered that in this county, and I hope we never encounter it again,” he said.

Despite Kinyua’s alleged confession, which a spokeswoman described as “matter-of-fact,” police said they did not know of a motive for the crime and said they would not speculate on his mental state or whether drugs played a role. They were consulting with the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit for guidance.

But accounts from Morgan State officials and classmates, as well as social media postings by Kinyua, suggest that he was growing increasingly troubled as his third year of school came to a close. In January, he was dismissed from the ROTC program after an outburst, and in May, he was arrested after allegedly fracturing the skull of a classmate with a baseball bat. The classmate was blinded in one eye as a result of what campus police called a “random” attack.

Kinyua’s Facebook page includes commentary about the “destruction of the black family” and “mass human sacrifices.”

“THIS IS THE BRUTAL BASIS, AN EVIL & TERRIFYING METHOD OF THIS DEATH CULTS,” he wrote in one message.

Students familiar with Kinyua said he was well known on campus but was regarded as odd.

Jasmine Bloomfield said he was “always in his own little world, preaching everywhere he went and talking about how he was writing a book.”

— Baltimore Sun

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