They acknowledge that they wrote the book very quickly Chikatilo was convicted in ; this book, like Hunting the Devil, came out in ; Chikatilo was executed in , and it is certainly riddled with errors in dates and names that another, slower pass through the manuscript would have caught. The translator, Todd P. Bludeau, did an excellent job. For me as an American reader this book had that weird almost sfnal feel of reporting from a worldview that is in some crucial ways is not like mine.

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The family seldom had sufficient food; Chikatilo himself later claimed not to have eaten bread until the age of 12, [8] adding that he and his family often had to eat grass and leaves in an effort to stave off hunger. He would later be taken prisoner after being wounded in combat. He was a chronic bed wetter , and his mother berated and beat him for each offence. As many Ukrainian women were raped by German soldiers during the war, it has been speculated Tatyana was conceived as a result of a rape committed by a German soldier.

Although shy and ardently studious as a child, he was physically weak and regularly attended school in homespun clothing and, by , with his stomach swollen from hunger resulting from the post-war famine which plagued much of the Soviet Union. At home, Chikatilo and his sister were constantly berated by their mother. Tatyana later recalled that in spite of the hardships endured by her parents, their father was a kind man, whereas their mother was harsh and unforgiving toward her children.

Adolescence[ edit ] By his teens, Chikatilo was both a model student and an ardent communist. An avid reader of communist literature, he was also delegated the task of organizing street marches. The same year, Chikatilo jumped upon an year-old friend of his younger sister and wrestled her to the ground, ejaculating as the girl struggled in his grasp.

Although he passed the entrance examination with good-to-excellent scores, [24] his grades were not deemed good enough for acceptance. On three separate occasions, the couple attempted intercourse, although on each occasion, Chikatilo was unable to sustain an erection.

Army service[ edit ] Upon completion of his two-year vocational training, Chikatilo relocated to the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil [27] to work upon a long-term construction project. While living in Nizhny Tagil, he also undertook correspondence courses in engineering with the Moscow Electrotechnical Institute of Communication.

He worked in the Urals for two years until he was drafted into the Soviet Army in Chikatilo performed his compulsory military service between and , [28] assigned first to serve with border guards in Central Asia , then to a KGB communications unit in Berlin. Here, his work record was unblemished, and he joined the Communist Party in , shortly before his military service ended. Their three-month relationship ended after several unsuccessful attempts at intercourse, after which the woman innocently asked her friends for advice as to how Chikatilo might overcome his inability to maintain an erection.

In a interview regarding this incident, Chikatilo stated: "Girls were going behind my back, whispering that I was impotent. I was so ashamed. I tried to hang myself. My mother and some young neighbours pulled me out of the noose.

Well, I thought no one would want such a shamed man. So I had to run away from there, away from my homeland. The same year, his younger sister, Tatyana, finished her schooling and moved into his apartment his parents would relocate to the Rostov region shortly thereafter. According to Chikatilo, although he was attracted to Feodosia, his marriage was effectively an arranged one which occurred barely two weeks after they had met and in which the decisive roles were played by his sister and her husband.

Four years later, in , a son named Yuri was born. Shortly before obtaining his degree, Chikatilo obtained a job managing regional sports activities. Chikatilo worked at this school at the time of his first murder [39] Chikatilo was largely ineffective as a teacher; although knowledgeable in the subjects he taught, he was seldom able to maintain discipline in his classes and was regularly subjected to mockery by his students who, he claimed, took advantage of his modest nature.

In this incident, he swam towards a year-old girl and groped her breasts and genitals, ejaculating as the girl struggled against his grasp. Months later, Chikatilo sexually assaulted another teenage girl whom he had locked in his classroom. Chikatilo left his employment discreetly and found another job as a teacher at another school in Novoshakhtinsk in January He lost this job as a result of staff cutbacks in September , before finding another teaching position in Shakhty , a coal-mining town close to Rostov-on-Don.

Yelena Zakotnova, aged 9. The body of Yelena Zakotnova was found at this location on 24 December In September , Chikatilo moved to Shakhty, where he committed his first documented murder. On 22 December, Chikatilo lured a 9-year-old girl named Yelena Zakotnova to an old house which he had secretly purchased; he attempted to rape her but failed to achieve an erection.

When the girl struggled, he choked her and stabbed her three times in the abdomen, ejaculating while stabbing the child. In an interview after his arrest, Chikatilo later recalled that immediately after stabbing Zakotnova, the girl had "said something very hoarsely ", whereupon he strangled her into unconsciousness before throwing her body into the nearby Grushevka River.

Kravchenko had a watertight alibi for the afternoon of 22 December: he had been at home with his wife and a friend of hers the entire afternoon, and neighbours of the couple were able to verify this. At his trial, Kravchenko retracted his confession and maintained his innocence, stating his confession had been obtained under extreme duress. Despite his retraction, Kravchenko was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. Second murder and subsequent killings[ edit ] On 3 September , Chikatilo encountered a year-old boarding school student, named Larisa Tkachenko, standing at a bus stop as he exited a public library in Rostov city centre.

According to his subsequent confession, Chikatilo lured Tkachenko to a forest near the Don River with the pretext of drinking vodka and "relaxing". Lyubov Biryuk, aged Murdered 12 June Biryuk was the first victim linked to a series of murders known to investigators as the Forest Strip Killings [60] Nine months after the murder of Tkachenko, on 12 June , Chikatilo travelled by bus to the Bagayevsky District of Rostov to purchase vegetables.

Having to change buses in the village of Donskoi , he decided to continue his journey on foot. He established a pattern of approaching children, runaways, and young vagrants at bus or railway stations, enticing them to a nearby forest or other secluded area, and killing them, usually by stabbing, slashing and eviscerating the victim with a knife; although some victims, in addition to receiving a multitude of knife wounds, were also strangled or battered to death.

Pathologists concluded these injuries had been caused by a knife, leading investigators to the conclusion the killer had gouged out the eyes of his victims. Chikatilo would typically attempt intercourse with these victims, but he would usually be unable to achieve or maintain an erection; this would send him into a murderous fury, particularly if the woman mocked his impotence.

He would achieve orgasm only when he stabbed and slashed the victim to death. His child and adolescent victims were of both sexes; Chikatilo would lure these victims to secluded areas using a variety of ruses, usually formed in the initial conversation with the victim, [69] such as promising them assistance or company, or offering to show them a shortcut, [70] a chance to view rare stamps, films or coins, or with an offer of food or candy.

She was last seen by a fellow passenger, who reported that a middle-aged man had led the girl away firmly by the hand. In March, Fetisov assigned a newly appointed specialist forensic analyst , Viktor Burakov, to head the investigation. Burakov was summoned to the crime scene, where he examined the numerous knife wounds and eviscerations conducted upon the child, and the striations on her eye sockets.

The accumulation of bodies found and the similarities between the pattern of wounds inflicted on the victims forced the Soviet authorities to acknowledge that a serial killer was on the loose. On 6 September the public prosecutor of the USSR formally linked six of the murders thus far attributed to the same killer. Much of the police effort concentrated upon the theory that the killer must be mentally ill, homosexual, or a paedophile , and the alibis of all individuals who had either spent time in psychiatric wards or had been convicted of homosexuality or paedophilia were checked [80] and logged in a card filing system.

Registered sex offenders were also investigated and, if their alibi was corroborated , eliminated from the inquiry. Murdered 27 December However, as police obtained confessions from suspects, bodies continued to be discovered, proving that the suspects who had confessed could not be the killer the police were seeking.

On 30 October the eviscerated body of a year-old prostitute, named Vera Shevkun, was found in Shakhty. On 24 March, he lured a year-old boy, named Dmitry Ptashnikov, away from a stamp kiosk in Novoshakhtinsk. While walking with the boy, Chikatilo was seen by several witnesses who were able to give investigators a detailed description of the killer.

In the summer of , Chikatilo was fired from his work as a supply clerk for the theft of a roll of linoleum. The accusation had been filed against him the previous February, and he had been asked to resign quietly but had refused to do so, as he had denied the charges.

On 7 August, he lured a year-old girl, Lyudmila Alekseyeva, to the banks of the Don River on the pretense of showing her a shortcut to a bus terminal. Alekseyeva suffered 39 slash wounds to her body before Chikatilo mutilated and disemboweled her: intentionally inflicting wounds he knew would not be immediately fatal.

By the time he had returned to Rostov on 15 August, he had killed an unidentified young woman and a year-old girl. The detectives followed him as he wandered through the city, trying to approach women and committing acts of frotteurism in public places. A search of his belongings revealed a knife with an eight-inch blade, several lengths of rope, and a jar of Vaseline. He did not kill again until 1 August [] when, on a business trip to Moscow, he encountered an year-old woman, named Natalia Pokhlistova, at a railway platform near Domodedovo Airport.

Pokhlistova was lured into a thicket of woods where she was bound, stabbed 38 times, then strangled to death. On this occasion, however, Chikatilo had travelled to Moscow by train and, accordingly, no documentation existed for investigators to research. As had been the case with Pokhlistova, the wounds inflicted upon the victim linked her murder to the hunt for the serial killer.

The following month, the militsiya resumed the patrolling of railway stations around Rostov, and plain clothed female officers were ordered to loiter around bus and train stations. At the request of Viktor Burakov, police also took the step of consulting a psychiatrist , Dr.

Alexandr Bukhanovsky, the first such consultation in a serial killer investigation in the Soviet Union. This individual was of average intelligence, likely to be married and to have fathered children, but also a sadist who suffered from impotence and could achieve sexual arousal only by seeing his victims suffer.

The murders themselves were an analogue to the sexual intercourse this individual was incapable of performing, and his knife became a substitute for a penis which failed to function normally. For almost a year following the August murder of Irina Gulyaeva, no further victims were found in either the Rostov or Moscow Oblasts whose bodies bore the signature mutilations of the unknown murderer. On 18 August a victim was found buried in a depression of earth in the grounds of a collective farm in the city of Bataysk.

The wounds inflicted on this victim bore the trademark mutilations of victims linked to the manhunt killed between and The victim was an year-old secretary named Irina Pogoryelova. As the murderer had made serious efforts to bury the body, [] some investigators theorized that this explained the sudden dearth in the number of victims found.

By the autumn of , investigators in Rostov theorized that the unknown killer may have moved to another part of the Soviet Union and continued killing there. As the three victims killed in the Rostov Oblast in and had died in August, some investigators gave credence to the possibility the perpetrator may have relocated to another part of the Soviet Union, and may only be returning to the Rostov Oblast in summer. The Rostov police compiled bulletins to be sent to all forces throughout the Soviet Union, describing the pattern of wounds their unknown killer inflicted upon his victims and requesting feedback from any police force who had discovered murder victims with wounds matching those upon the victims found in the Rostov Oblast.

The response was negative. On each occasion the murder took place while he was on a business trip far away from the Rostov Oblast, and none of these murders were linked to the manhunt in Rostov. Makarenkov was lured from the station with the promise of sharing a meal with Chikatilo at his dacha ; he was murdered in woodland close to the station, although his body would remain undiscovered until His first murder victim was lured off a train at Krasny Sulin before Chikatilo bound her hands behind her back and stuffed her mouth with dirt, before severing her nose from her face [] and inflicting numerous knife wounds to her neck.

Chikatilo then bludgeoned her to death with a slab of concrete; her body was found on 6 April. Investigators noted that the knife wounds inflicted upon this victim were similar to those inflicted on the victims linked to the manhunt and killed between and , but as the woman had been killed with a slab of concrete and had not been disemboweled, investigators were unsure whether to link this murder to the investigation.

He dismembered her body and hid the remains in a sewer. As the victim had been dismembered, police did not link her murder to the investigation. Between May and August, Chikatilo killed a further four victims, three of whom were killed in Rostov and Shakhty, [] although only two of these victims were linked to the killer. Several trains were also fitted with hidden cameras with the intention of filming or photographing a victim in the company of his or her murderer.

Kravchenko was lured from the theater on the pretext of being shown imported Western films Chikatilo claimed to have at his residence; his extensively stabbed, emasculated body was found in a secluded section of woodland the following month. His eviscerated body was found the following day.



Vudoshicage I was so ashamed. The book only showed about 5 pictures of victims, meanwhile he was known to have killed 53! Even though he had obviously turned his life around it ckmrade just easier for authorities to pin the murder on hi Andrei Chikatilo was accused and convicted over fifty-three savage and sadistic murders young boy and girls as well as women ages eight to twenty-four throughout Russian territory over a twelve year period beginning chikatiko His strangled body was found 2 September. For me as an American reader this book had that weird almost sfnal feel of reporting from a worldview that is in some crucial ways is not like mine. A student who disappeared on her way home from a dental appointment.


Comrade Chikatilo: The Psychopathology of Russia's Notorious Serial Killer


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