US News 'Werewolf' serial killer admits 81 murders

15:15  11 january  2017
15:15  11 january  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Image Caption: Mikhail Popkov admits killing 81 women, say police. Pic: The Siberian Times. A Russian serial killer known as "the werewolf " killed as many as 81 women, according to police. Former Siberian policeman Mikhail Popkov, who is serving a life sentence for murdering 22 women, has confessed to 59 new killings , according to the Russian Investigative Committee (RIC). The RIC, Russia's equivalent of the FBI, says Popkov told them he had killed the women during a rampage which ran from 1994 to 2000.

A Russian serial killer known as "the werewolf " killed as many as 81 women, according to police. The new death toll would make Popkov Russia's worst serial killer , with more victims than Andrei Chikatilo - the "Butcher of Rostov" - who murdered 53 people, and "Chessboard Killer " Alexander Pichushkin, who killed 49. RIC spokeswoman Karina Golovacheva admitted there had been confusion over the number of victims.

Mikhail Popkov admits killing 81 women, say police © Other Mikhail Popkov admits killing 81 women, say police

A Russian serial killer known as "the werewolf" killed as many as 81 women, according to police.

Former Siberian policeman Mikhail Popkov, who is serving a life sentence for murdering 22 women, has confessed to 59 new killings, according to the Russian Investigative Committee (RIC).

The RIC, Russia's equivalent of the FBI, says Popkov told them he had killed the women during a rampage which ran from 1994 to 2000.

The women, aged between 17 and 38, were raped before being killed with axes, knives or screwdrivers.

The new death toll would make Popkov Russia's worst serial killer, with more victims than Andrei Chikatilo - the "Butcher of Rostov" - who murdered 53 people, and "Chessboard Killer" Alexander Pichushkin, who killed 49.

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'The Werewolf ' - was convicted in January 2015 of an initial 22 murders of mostly young women. Popkov (middle) has a higher total than worst-ever Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo (right) who was But it is not ruled out that there are more cases than the 81 he admits . One theory is that he is

RIC spokeswoman Karina Golovacheva admitted there had been confusion over the number of victims.

Serial killer Alexander Pichushkin killed at least 49 people © Reuters Serial killer Alexander Pichushkin killed at least 49 people "To clarify the numbers, Popkov has confessed to 59 new murders," she told the Siberian Times newspaper.

"We are not counting in this total those 22 for which he was already sentenced. These cases are already closed."

Popkov has been charged with 47 more counts of murder, and police expect to add the other 12 once investigations are completed.

He wore his police uniform as he lured drunken victims into his police car, offering them late night rides back home from bars.

The married father-of-one would then drive them to deserted areas and brutally attack them, dumping their naked bodies in the woods.

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In the frozen wastelands of Siberia, a Russian serial killer named Mikhail Popkov raped and murdered nearly 30 women in a horrific killing spree. The Werewolf was finally arrested in 2012, after law enforcement authorities conducted a DNA sweep along with 3,500 officers. Popkov’s sperm was a 100 percent match with evidence collected from the victims. In a chilling confession, Popkov admitted he had committed the murders in an attempt to “cleanse” the city of prostitutes — although none of his victims were actual sex workers.

Andrei Chikatiol, the “Butcher of Rostov” killed 53 women and children © Reuters Andrei Chikatiol, the “Butcher of Rostov” killed 53 women and children He was dubbed "the werewolf" by Russian media.

The crimes went unsolved for many years because the police failed to conduct DNA tests on their own officers.

When they finally tested the entire department, DNA found at the murder scenes was matched to Popkov.

After he was arrested in June 2012, Popkov allegedly told police he wanted to rid the streets of prostitutes.

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