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Fears over 'child-killing maniac' in Russian Far East

By Kate Baklitskaya
25 September 2015

Is there a link in the murders of three girls aged 9 and 10?

Albina Ganzei, 9 (left) and Ksenia Gromskaya, 10 (right) are supposed to be murdered by maniac. Picture: Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorsky region

The charred remains of Albina Ganzei, aged nine, were found on 20 September  near the village of Krasnoyarovka in Primorsky region. She had been walking to school from her home in Lazo, but was murdered on the way, with claims she was 'burned alive'. 

Earlier, teachers and locals had taken part in a frantic search for the missing child. Her scorched body was found in long grass, and she still wore her pink shoes. Police suspect the killer may have singed his hands as he killed her. 

Albina Ganzei

Albina Ganzei, aged nine, were found on 20 September near the village of Krasnoyarovka in Primorsky region. Picture: Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorsky region

Albina's death is the third killing of a girl aged nine or ten in the region, and it was revealed this week that Moscow investigators have been sent to assist their local colleagues. 

This comes as media in the Far East have claimed a 'serial maniac' may be on the loose targeting children, yet for now the police are not commenting on any link between tragic cases that may also be unconnected. 

Ksenia Gromskaya

Ksenia Gromskaya, 10, had gone for a walk a day earlier but never returned. Picture: Vesti Primorye

On 28 July, the body of Ksenia Gromskaya, ten, was found in a reservoir near Kirovsky village. The girl had gone for a walk a day earlier but never returned. Initial reports said a 42 year old local man had been arrested and confessed to killing her. 

It was reported her cell phone had been found in his possession. But later statements said that the unemployed man was unconnected to the murder and was 'innocent'.

Yaroslava Stepanova

Yaroslava Stepanova left her home in the village of Kamenka and went missing. Picture: Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorsky region

On 6 March, ten year old Yaroslava Stepanova left her home in the village of Kamenka and went missing. She had earlier returned from school, completed her homework, and gone out to visit her adult brother who lived in the same village. 

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The radius between the three crime scenes is around 100 kilometres. Picture: The Siberian Times

She failed to reach the brother's apartment. Her body was found on 14 April in a ditch which carried water that had been drained from a local reservoir. The radius between the three crime scenes is around 100 kilometres

Comments (1)

Another "Too Shocking" of a story hitting your headlines. Feel for the parents & relatives of these beautiful children, sad thing this killer could be just an ordinary Joe Soap & could be anyone's relative/relation & could be some one you know whom you think would never do such a thing. These kind of people are evil, cunning, & opportunistic.

RIP. & Condolences to families concerned.
Jaker, Dundalk
29/09/2015 09:46
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