Mikhail Popkov was a Russian serial killer who raped and murdered 78 women. His crime were so brutal he earned the name ”The Werewolf Killer”. ↗️
Popkov murdered 78 women between 1992-2010 in Angarsk, Irkutsk, and Vladivostok in Siberia, but he could have been responsible for murders occurring until 2012 when he was finally apprehended by authorities and taken into custody after forensics discovered a DNA match identified his car.
Admitting to over 81 murders in total, he was initially convicted of 22 murders in 2015, but later police charged him with an additional 56 of the 59 remaining unclaimed murders with three not being put on him due to the police not being able to find any proof against him.
Unlike the notorious serial killer and rapist Andrei Chikatilo, Popkov was not executed due to capital punishment not being allowed in Russia anymore. This was imposed by President Boris Yeltsin in 1996, just 2 years after Chikatilo was executed. Interfax news agency claims Popkov told a cellmate that he’d killed more people than Chikatilo.
Alexander Pichushkin, another well-known Russian serial killer who aimed to murder 64 people in honor of the square on a chessboard, also dodged being executed. His first murder was in 1992 and said to be prompted by the trial of Chikatilo, but he was not apprehended until in June 2006 and claimed to have killed 60 people, falling short of his target, but getting a life sentence with the first 15 years to be spent in solitary confinement.
Mikhail Popkov also started killing around the same time with his first murder being committed in 1992, the same as Pichushkin. He earned a few nicknames due to the nature of his brutal crimes and how he left the crime scene, including ”The Werewolf”, The Werewolf Killer”, ”The Werewolf of Norilsk” and the “Angarsk Maniac”.
As with Jack the Ripper, Popkov mainly targeted prostitutes, but his victim range was a little wider. He killed women between the ages of 16 and 40 and murdered one male policeman.
Popkov himself was a former police officer which likely assisted him in evading capture for so long, and on three occasions he wore his former uniform to pose as a police officer.
Mikhail Popkov lured women into his car, offering them a ride, and took them to remote regions to sexually assault them before mutilating their bodies with an axe and hammer as his primary weapons of choice. He would dump their mutilated bodies in forests, roadsides and a local cemetery.
With Mikhail Viktorovich Popkov being 48 years of age at the time of his arrest on June 23, 2012, now 56 years old in 2020, and given two life sentences, it’s safe to assume that the werewolf killer will remain behind bars for the rest of his life.
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