Since I did a post about various serial killers in China I figured that I would see what was going on in Russia. I think the mention of Zhang Yongming (so far charged with 11 murders) being a chess- playing farmer made me think about the Chessboard Killer, Alexander Pichushkin.
I have also been reading some articles that compare the video that Luka Rocco Magnotta made to the video (being called 1 guy 1 ice pick by some) made by the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. I have not seen the Magnotta video so I can not compare personally and since I did see the one made by the Dnepropetrovsky Idiots the comparison makes me want to see it even less.
Just in case anyone did not hear, or has forgotten, the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs were 3 kids from the Ukraine that recorded themselves committing crimes including beating people to death on a cell phone in 2007.
(Just a note as well, they started by abusing animals as well and filming it.)
There is a video floating around online usually called 3 Guys 1 Hammer that shows one of the victims dying as he is beaten in the face with a hammer. It is a gory and horrible video. It gets worse when you read the back story of this victim.
The man whose murder is recorded in the leaked video was identified as Sergei Yatzenko from the village of Taromskoye. His murder took place on July 12, 2007, and his body was found on July 16.
Yatzenko was 48 years old. He had recently been forced into retirement due to a cancerous tumor in his throat. The treatment left him unable to speak for some time, but Yatzenko was unhappy with being unable to work and continued to find odd jobs around the village. He took on small construction projects, fixed cars, wove baskets, and cooked for his family. He was beginning to regain his voice by the time of the murder. Yatzenko was married and had two sons and one grandchild. He also had a disabled mother whom he looked after.
Basically the man beat cancer only to have a bunch of wanna be thugs beat him to death.
As I said, I did see the video way back when it was still considered a possible fake. It gave me nightmares even before I found out it was really a live man being beaten literally to death. I am sure that it is still available online but be aware if you watch that it is graphic.
With these thoughts I did a quick search out of curiosity and found out a few things.
According to an article in Rianovosti :
“Russia registered over 500 serial murders in the past three years. Investigators solved 132 murders in 11 serial killer cases in 2007-2008,” Alexander Bastyrkin said in an interview published on the Prosecutor General’s Investigation Committee website.
That is a lot of murders. 48 of them were attributed to Pichuskin. I do not know how many of them have been ‘solved’ how many are still open and a search did not give many more answers.
I did find an article on Irina Gaidamachuk. She is a mom and she has confessed to entering the homes of her elderly victims, aged between 61 and 89, killing them with a hammer (what is it with hammers?) and then robbing their homes. She was arrested in June 2010. She has killed at least 17 older women.
There is also Vladimir Mirgorod who was given a life sentence in January 2012 for sexually attacking and then strangling to death 15 women and a 13-year-old teenager.
Vladimir Mirgorod, 32, was found guilty of carrying out the series of murders after raping or sexually assaulting his victims between 2002 and 2004 in Moscow and deserted areas around the capital, the prosecutor’s statement said.
He had just gotten out of jail (for rape and robbery) when they threw him back in for the serial murders. Let’s just hope he stays in jail. All too often ‘life’ does not really mean life.
Sergei Martynov is about to go on trial in Russia for killing at least eight women in a series of murders and rapes.
The suspect, identified only as Sergey Martynov, is believed to have begun a series of violent crimes in 2005 and moved through more than 10 regions of Russia before he was finally caught by authorities in 2010. He has been charged with intentional infliction of a grave injury, hooliganism, murder of two or more persons, and violent sexual actions.
Martynov was previously convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1992 and served nearly 14 years in prison before he was released in 2005. He was placed on a wanted list shortly after his release for attacking a young girl in Kemerovo, a city in Kemerovo Oblast, but was able to evade police for years.
Another gem that was caught and then released. I am hoping that Russia makes sure that he does not get anymore chances to rape and murder.
Before the world started to thing that America and Canada have a strong hold on cannibals right now meet Aleksandr Bychkov.
An alleged serial killer who practiced cannibalism has been arrested in Central Russia. The detainee has confessed to at least six murders, but the number of victims could be higher. Reports say the accused wanted to impress his girlfriend.
Twenty-four-year-old Aleksandr Bychkov was initially arrested in Russia’s Penza Region on suspicion of involvement in a hardware store robbery. However, while being questioned Bychkov suddenly began telling police about corpses he had buried in a ravine near his home.
According to the police spokesperson, investigators found the remains of six people. They were “recovered from the ground and sent for examination.”
The examination revealed that Bychkov had chopped his victims into pieces. He then cut out their livers and ate them.
“The facts of cannibalism in some episodes did take place,” a high-ranking source from law enforcement body in the region confirmed to Izvestia newspaper.
From another article on 05/26/12
“A burial ground of six people was found there,” (behind his house) Mariya Orlova, a representative of the local investigative committee, told Izvestiya newspaper.They found a diary at Bychkov’s house which described how he cut up the victims and ate their livers.
Detectives believe the alleged killer may be responsible for more murders because a series of people have gone missing without trace from around the small town of Belinsk in the last two years.
His mother, Irina, said she did not believe he was guilty. “It’s impossible to leave the house,” she said. “People are accusing not just my son, but the whole family. They think I made mince out of the victims and sold it on the market.”
The diary, the bodies buried behind the house, the confession and the fact that he told the police where the bodies were without them having to ask just don’t add up for the mom I guess. ?
I understand wanting to believe the best in your child but sometimes you just have to take off the blinders.
I am curious why others think she sold the meat (not again *shivers) for others to eat. Probably no proof, just other people panicking. At least I hope so.
I also found an interesting article in a Russian newspaper.
But in Russia, serial killers do their stuff and, with very few exceptions, are forgotten about – a snap poll among friends and acquaintances here saw the vast majority only able to name one domestic mass murderer (apart from Stalin, of course). So, for their and your enlightenment, here is a guide to four of the Soviet Union’s and Russia’s most accomplished serial killers.