Twisted "cannibals" on trial
One victim was waitress Elena Vashrushev, 35, who lived close to Natalia and her husband. Others are feared to be women who joined dating websites before vanishing.
Neighbours say former nurse Natalia made and sold pies to boost her income, boasted to cafe owners that she could supply 'meat' and may have worked as a chef.
'I bake pies,' she told one local. Asked what she filled them with, she replied: 'Whatever is around.'
'People are trembling when recalling such exchanges,' reported newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets today.
She is believed to have sold to military trainees including student pilots attending the academy where she worked.
She offered to supply meat to at least one cafe in the city and also sought a job as a chef, the newspaper revealed.
Cafe owner Vitaly Yakubenko said: 'It was in 2010.
'She was very active, asked lots of questions but mainly about where we buy our meat and fish and how fresh it is. She made clear she could supply meant. I said that we work only with certified suppliers.'
The cafe owner added: 'The police should look now where this woman may have worked as a chef and if she tried to push her products there too.
'For sure these cannibals were looking for places to sell their meat. It sounded to me like her main motive when she was looking for a job.
'Natalia told me she had experience working as a chef.' The owner refused to work with her saying she looked 'vulgar'.
'She never came back,' he said. Police are investigating how the couple were allowed to live for years in the grounds of a military academy run by the Russian Defence Ministry.
One officer said: 'We are a serious educational institution and now because of a drunk street cleaner (Baksheev) and a nurse we are in this scandal.'
A woman official said: 'Nobody will speak to you here. The bosses are in the state of shock, many fear losing their jobs.'