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Russian Ex-Cop Serving Life for 22 Murders Charged With 25 More

 

An ex-cop already serving life for 22 murders has been charged with 25 more killings and investigators believe the eventual total will make Mikhail Popkov the worst serial killer in Russian history. Law enforcement sources tell the Siberian Times that Popkov, who targeted women he thought were immoral because they were out late at night, has been providing investigators with information including the location of bodies. He claims to have started his killing spree, which stretched across a large area of Siberia, after he began suspecting that his wife had cheated on him.

Popkov, who resigned from the force in Angarsk in 1998, was arrested in 2012 after a victim who escaped told police she had been attacked by a man in police uniform and investigators checked the DNA of thousands of current and former police officers, the Timesof London reports. Police sources say he has claimed to have killed at least 59 women with axes, knives, and screwdrivers, a total that exceeds the 52 killed by “Butcher of Rostov” Andrey Chikatilo between 1978 and 1990 and the 48 murdered by “Chessboard Killer” Alexander Pichushkin between 1992 and 2006.

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