In July, Ekaterina Karaglanova was discovered stuffed into a suitcase with her throat slashed.
Karaglanova was a popular Instagram travel blogger, with over 80,000 followers prior to her death. Now, her account, with the problematic username @katti_loves_life has surpassed 115,000 followers.
The twenty-four-year-old enjoyed to travel and was planning a trip to the Netherlands for her birthday prior to her untimely death.
The Russian Instagrammer whose appearance was often likened to that of Audrey Hepburn had only recently graduated as a dermatologist.
Her future looked bright and the tragedy surrounding her death has shaken the world of social media.
After Ekaterina’s parents had not heard from her they grew worried. She was in constant contact with her family and her absence raised alarm bells.
Worried that she had fallen ill they gained access to her flat. Nothing seemed out of place, the flat was tidy and there was no sign of a struggle.
That is except for the suitcase that was discovered in the hallway.
On opening the large suitcase, Ekaterina’s naked body was discovered.
Her throat had been cut and despite her father’s insistence that they should call an ambulance, it was clear she had been dead for some time.
So what happened?
An ex-boyfriend had been interviewed and released without charge.
CCTV from the flat revealed a man had entered the flat that evening but they were unable to identify him.
Then a week later, out of nowhere, a thirty-three-year-old man came forward and confessed to the murder.
Maxim Gareyev walked into a police station and told the officers that he had stabbed the Insta star “at least five times in the neck and chest”.
When questioned on the circumstances of how he had come to murder Ekaterina, he explained that he had met her for sex.
Gareyev confessed that he often used the services of sex workers and that on the night in question, he was with Ekaterina for the second time.
Maxim admitted he snapped when, “she repeatedly insulted and humiliated me, my sexual performance, and downplayed my financial resources. I couldn’t take it any longer.”
He took a nice and stabbed her repeatedly. In a panic, he put her body in the suitcase.
As he was jailed, Maxim said, “I want to apologize to Katya’s parents. I am very sorry.”