Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Russian serial killer found guilty of 56 further murders

Russian serial killer found guilty of 56 further murders

A former police officer in Russian Federation has been convicted of 56 murders while already serving a life sentence for another 22 killings.

Popkov claimed during his first sentencing that he had meant to "clean" Angarsk of "women leading a promiscuous lifestyle". He was already in jail for 22 other murders.

He was arrested in 2012 during a re-examination of cold case evidence, which included DNA testing all people known to drive a specific type of vehicle whose tracks were found at the murder scenes.

It took law enforcement officers doing a thorough work of analysing unsolved crimes to link Popkov to them, including questioning more than a thousand potential witnesses, the Investigative Committee said in a statement. At least 10 women were raped and Popkov used axes, screwdrivers, and knives to mutilate their bodies.

He killed his victims while he was off-duty around his home city of Angarsk near Irkutsk, often after offering them rides late at night, and sometimes in a police auto.

Tyre marks from Popkov's Niva vehicle were found next to some of the bodies, which led police to check all owners of that Niva type in Angarsk.

He said he had targeted women who were drunk or he viewed as immoral.

"Chessboard killer" Alexander Pichushkin was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for 48 murders and Andrei Chikatilo was convicted of 52 Soviet-era murders.

The owners' DNA was checked against DNA found on the victims, and that enabled police to identify Popkov.

On Monday, the Irkutsk Regional Court rendered a second guilty verdict in the case of Mikhail Popkov, a former policeman from Angarsk, convicting him of 60 murders, TASS reports.

He was arrested in 2012 en route to Vladivostok, where he was going to purchase a new vehicle, the BBC reported. His youngest victim was a 15-year-old girl.

Prosecutors said Popkov had a "pathological attraction to killing people", while Russian media nicknamed him "the werewolf" and the "Angarsk maniac".

According to state prosecutor Alexander Shkinev, Popkov intends to appeal his latest conviction.

Like this: