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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

the Butcher of Rostov

Andrei Chikatilo, Russian cannibal nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper or The Rostov Ripper, who during the 1980's and 90's murdered young women, girls, and little boys by ripping them to shreds and ejaculating while they were in their death throes.

His first documented murder. He lured a 9-year-old girl named Yelena Zakotnova to an old house which he had secretly purchased, and atte
mpted to rape her but failed to achieve an erection. When the girl struggled, he choked her to death and stabbed her body, ejaculating in the process of knifing the child. Chikatilo then dumped Zakotnova's body in a nearby river.
Despite evidence linking Chikatilo to the girl's death, spots of the girl's blood were found in the snow near Chikatilo's house, a young man, Alexsandr Kravchenko, who had served a sentence for rape and murder before, was arrested, tried and confessed under torture. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment (the maximum possible length of imprisonment at that time). Kravchenko was retried under pressure from the victim's relatives, and eventually executed for the crime.

Following Zakotnova's murder, Chikatilo was only able to achieve sexual arousal and orgasm through stabbing and slashing women and children to death, and he later stated the urge to relive the experience overwhelmed him.

Russian authorities at first refused to believe that a serial killer could operate in their midst, (that sort of thing only occurred in degenerate capitalist societies), but Chikatilo's victims began turning up so often and in so many places that the authorities finally were forced to admit that a monster was indeed loose among them. A task force consisting of the best homicide detectives in the country was assigned to hunt down and capture the killer (although they had no idea it was Chikatilo). He was finally captured on November 20, 1990, when a policeman noticed him acting suspiciously at a railroad station, detained him, and further investigation revealed that he had just committed three murders.

On February 14, 1994, Chikatilo was taken to a soundproofed room in Novocherkassk prison and executed by a single gunshot behind the right ear.

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