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Taxi driver 'maniac' detained in Novosibirsk 'confesses to rape and murder of four women'

By The Siberian Times reporter
29 October 2015

Suspected killer wanted to 'cleanse' city of prostitutes - and cut sex organs of his victims, it is alleged.

Formally the taxi driver is under investigation so far only for the murder of Galina Litvinenko, 28. Picture:Vkontakte

The taxi driver has been named only as Alexey N, aged 39, amid reports that he targeted women he claimed were sex workers. His DNA has been found at least one of the women whose bodies he has confessed to dismembering, say law enforcement sources. The only alleged victim who has been named so far was a shop assistant and mother of one. 

A law enforcement source said the 'maniac' had confessed killing four women already but formally he is under investigation so far only for the murder of Galina Litvinenko, 28. He told the police his victims were 'easy' women and made their living by providing sexual services, said the source. 

Before murdering the women, he raped them and then dismembered their corpses, cutting out their sexual organs, and put their body parts in different places.

Galina Litvinenko


Galina Litvinenko

For two weeks Galina's family and volunteers had been looking for her. Picture: Vkontakte

Ms Litvinenko disappeared after calling a taxi at 6 am on 16 October. Her taxi broke down, and she got out to walk - but was never seen again. For two weeks her family and volunteers had been looking for her. Her pictures were posted around the city as part of the search. Her mutilated body was found in forest not far from her home. 

If fact, police now say that the alleged killer is the taxi driver who picked her up. 'We almost immediately found the suspect, that 39-year-old taxi driver who gave her a lift,' said a police source.

'It was important to prove his involvement, collect the evidence, and this is why this information wasn't disclosed earlier. There are three more victims apart from Galina, he killed all of them over the last six months, starting this spring.'

Maniac taxi-driver

'We almost immediately found the suspect, that 39-year-old taxi driver who gave her a lift.' Picture: Lifenews

The others were not reported as missing. 'All of the girls were from vulnerable families,' said the source. 'That is why no-one reported them missing. We have already found the bodies of two of them, one of the corpses was underground and was mutilated.' 

Anastasia Kuleshova, media officer for the Investigative Committee, which probes serious crime, said: 'A man was detained on suspicion of the brutal murder of a woman. 

'Investigators are now working with him, clarifying the circumstances of the murder. A criminal case for murder the criminal code has been opened.' DNA on the dead woman's clothing matched that of the alleged killer, she said.

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