Three people accused of killing at least two women in Brazil have confessed to eating some of their victims' flesh, police have said.
One of the accused, who include a man and two women, is said to have admitted using some of the remains to cook pasties which were sold to neighbours in Garanhuns, in the state of Pernambuco.
Police held the trio on Wednesday after the remains of two women were found in the grounds of a house belonging to one of the suspects.
Officers said the accused had admitted to being part of a sect that received orders from a "voice" to kill women they considered evil, and they intended to kill three victims every year.
"The three ate the flesh of their victims to purify their souls," said a police spokesman.
Investigations began last month after Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira, 51, identified himself as the author of a 2009 pamphlet in which he appears to reveal details of the sect's activities.
Along with da Silveira, police arrested his wife, Isabel Cristina Oliveira da Silva, and his 25-year-old mistress Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva, who lived with the couple.
Also living at their house was a five-year-old girl, suspected to be the daughter of a 17-year-old girl murdered in 2008 in the Recife suburb of Olinda.
Police are investigating the three in relation to at least five other murders in the state. Source