‘Werewolf’ serial killer admits to murdering 59 others
A Russian already convicted of killing 22 women has confessed to 59 more murders — making him the world’s third most prolific serial killer and his country’s worst, according to published reports.
Mikhail “The Werewolf” Popkov, a former Siberian cop, was serving a life term behind bars when he told Russian authorities that he admitted to killing dozens more, The Siberian Times reported Wednesday.
Recently, the bloodthirsty maniac copped to 12 sexually motivated slayings of prostitutes, all of whom he killed during his rampage from 1994 to 2000, according to the report.
“That means, if we add them to the earlier 22, it will be 81 murders in total. We are quite sure about the 12 other cases,” Irkutsk police spokeswoman Karina Golovacheva told the site. “In the nearest future we can bring charges [in the 12 cases].”
A few days ago, Popkov was charged with 25 additional murders after police discovered the corpses of a “huge number” of victims based on his latest confessions, The Siberian Times said.
The macabre tally vaulted Popkov past Russia’s two other most prolific serial killers: Andrei “Butcher of Rostov” Chikatilo, who slaughtered 53 people, and “Chessboard Killer” Alexander Pichushkin, who whacked 49.
Only two other serial killers in the world, South Americans Pedro “The Monster of the Andes” Lopez (over 300) and Luis “The Beast” Garavito (147) have more victims, the outlet reported.
During his 16-year spree, Popkov raped his young female victims — all aged 17-38 — before killing them either with an ax, knives or screwdrivers.