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Police in the Urals hunt granny killing 'sadist' who has 'murdered 32 pensioners'

By The Siberian Times reporter
04 November 2013

He poses as a housing official, gains access to flats, and strangles his victims.

The suspect is described as aged 25 to 35, 170 to 175 cm tall, with a foot size of 40-41, and to be an 'Asian national'. Picture: The Siberian Times 

Police have offered a one million rouble reward - $31,000 - in a bid to get information leading to the arrest of the serial killer. In a two year reign of terror, he has killed 32 women aged between 80 and 90.

Police dubbed him a 'sadist', emphasising that he never steals money or other belongings from his helpless victims. The 'maniac' appears only interested in strangling them to death. The killer's tactics show similarities between him and Russia's worst-ever female killer 'Satan in a Skirt', Irina Gaidamachuk, who was jailed for 20 years after killing 17 elderly women, prompting concerns he is a copycat killer. Her murderous spree was also in the Urals.

In each case, the latest serial killer claims to represent the owners of the apartment block. Gaidamachuk used a similar ploy, posing as a social worker.

Elderly women have been urged to take extreme caution in opening their doors to strangers.

Satan in the skirt, woman serial killer Irina Gaidamachuk

Grannies serial killer ID kit

Grannies serial killer ID kit

The suspect has travelled to kill over a wide area on the western fringe of Siberia including Ekaterinburg region and Chelyabinsk, Kazan and Samara region, say reports. Pictures top to bottom, 'Satan in the skirt' Irina Gaidamachuk, and the granny killing maniac ID kits from Urals police. Pictures: The Siberian Times 

Alexander Shulga, senior assistant to the Head of Sverdlovsk Region Investigative Committee said: 'The police are after a serial killer who murders lonely elderly women. A criminal investigation is launched under article 105 - murder - of the Russian Criminal code'.

The suspect is described as aged 25 to 35, 170 to 175 cm tall, with a foot size of 40-41, and to be an 'Asian national'.

He is believed to be a city rather than a rural man and to be of a low social and wealth level. He has travelled to kill over a wide area on the western fringe of Siberia including Sverdlovsk region and Chelyabinsk, Kazan and Samara region, say reports. Police have his DNA from a murder scene in Ekaterinburg in 2012 when he killed two elderly pensioners. He left in handkerchief and a light at the crime scene, said investigators.

Mother of two Gaidamachuk, 42, was last year jailed until 2032 for her campaign of murder.  Posing as a social worker, her victims were aged 61 to 89. While she strangled some victims, she killed others by smashing their skulls with a hammer or axe. Unlike the latest killer, she did steal small amounts of cash from her victims. 'I just wanted to be a normal mother but I had a craving for drink. My husband Yury wouldn't give me money for vodka', she said.

Comments (2)

Totally agree with Patrick
Victor, Krasnodar, Russia
06/11/2013 17:41
Well we can only hope that someone in authority makes the arresting of this depraved person a top priority, and let's hope orders come from Moscow that no funds will be spared to capture and stop these heinous crimes against the most vulnerable people who many made huge sacrifices for their Mother Country in the past. Russian Govt repay them now and show that you really do care .
Patrick .
Patrick , Perth Australia
04/11/2013 22:03

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