The story of a ruthless killer who eats human flesh.
On December 22, 1978, the body of a 9-year-old girl named Yelena Zakotnova was found near the Grushevka River in Shakti, Rostov Oblast, near the Black Sea. The boy had gone missing from his home two days ago. The child was killed by suffocation and stab wounds. Police found Yelena’s school bag on the opposite bank of the river.
Police found drops of blood in the snow near the home of Andrei Chikatilo, who lives nearby. Neighbors testified that Andre was near the house on the evening of December 22.
A witness told police that he saw a man who resembled Andrei standing near a bus stop talking to Yelena. That was the last time Yelena was seen alive. But regardless of this, the police detained a 25-year-old worker named Aleksandr Kravchenko. He was convicted of raping and killing a girl as a teenager.
Police searched Kravchenko’s house and found drops of blood on his wife’s sweater. It also resembled the drop of blood seen on Yelena’s sweater.
Kravchenko said he was at home with his wife and friends that day. A neighboring couple confirmed it.
But the police threatened Kravchenko as a co-accused and the couple as accomplices. They testified that Kravchenko did not come till the evening when he was threatened by the police.
Kravchenko somehow pleaded guilty based on coerced evidence.
But Kravchenko maintained his innocence at the trial, saying he confessed to the crime under constant threats.
Kravchenko was sentenced to death in 1979.
But in 1980, the Supreme Court commuted the death penalty to 15 years in prison.
Kravchenko’s death sentence was carried out in July 1983 at a retrial, as a result of pressure from Yelena’s relatives.
But the real killer was Andre Chikatilo. (In a later revelation, Andre said that he was sexually aroused by killing Elena and that he had passed out by stabbing and dismembering the victim). Andre then continued his long killing spree.
Andriy Romanovich Chikatilo was born on October 16, 1936 in Yablochnoi, a village in the heart of rural Ukraine in the Soviet Union. In the 1930s, Ukraine was known as the “breadbasket” of the Soviet Union, and Stalin’s policies of communism, implemented through agricultural collectivization, created widespread hardship within the country, eventually leading to a famine that affected the population. The effects of the famine were widely felt at the time of Chikatilo’s birth, and his childhood was haunted by poverty, which worsened when the Soviet Union entered the war against Germany, and Ukraine was subjected to constant bombing raids. In addition to external difficulties, Chikatilo is believed to have suffered from hydrocephalus (or water on the brain) at birth. This led to genitourinary problems later in life. Bed wetting habit in late adolescence. Also he could ejaculate but had an inability to maintain an erection.
Chikartillo’s life was disrupted when his father was forced into the war against Germany, Chikartillo’s father was captured and imprisoned during the German war and then returned home. This incident led to abuse by the locals. It was Chicartilo who suffered the consequences of his father’s ‘cowardice’. He became the focus of bullying at school. As a result, he was painfully shy. His only sexual experience occurred at the age of 15, when he conquered a girl and immediately ejaculated during a brief struggle. So he got more ridicule. This humiliation colored all future sexual experiences and cemented the association of sex with violence. He failed the entrance exam to Moscow State University. Then in 1960 he moved to Rodionovo-Nesvetaevsky, a town near Rostov, where he became a telephone engineer. His younger sister moved in with him. He met Faina, a village girl, and married her in 1963.
Despite his sexual problems and lack of interest. They had two children. But outside he led a normal family life. In 1971, he made a career change to school teacher, but it was short-lived. Complaints of misbehavior against young children forced him to move from one school to another, eventually settling in a mining school in Shakti near Rostov.
On September 3, 1981, Andrei lured 17-year-old Larisa Tkachenko, a boarding school student, into a forest near the Don River.
He tore her clothes in a secluded corner and attempted to rape her. Larissa reacted strongly. Andre received no sexual stimulation. Larissa was strangled to death by stuffing mud into her mouth. As the knife was not at hand, the dead body was mutilated with teeth and sticks. He bit off one of Larissa’s nipples while covering her body with twigs and leaves. Larissa’s body was found the next day.
The police continued to search for the killer.
On June 12, 1982, a 13-year-old girl named Lyubov Biryuk disappeared. On June 27, her body was found stabbed, mutilated and her clothes torn in the bushes of Tonskoi village. He received 27 stab wounds on his head, neck, ankle and navel.
And Andre was not contained. Between July and September, Andrek victimized 5 more people between the ages of 9 and 19.
In 1983, Moscow detective Mikhail Fetisov assumed leadership of the investigation. Realizing that a serial killer may be on the loose, he enlists a specialist forensic analyst, Viktor Burakov, to lead the investigation in the Shakti area. The investigation focused on known sex offenders and the mentally ill. Local police interrogation methods routinely elicited false confessions from those arrested, and many of these “confessions” made Burakov suspicious. Progress was slow, especially since, at that point, not all of the victims’ bodies had been found, so the actual body count was unknown to the police.
In September 1984, 23 dead bodies were found near a forest. Most of them were little boys and girls. Then there were those who were around 20 years old. All the bodies were mutilated. The genitals and other body parts were removed.
Police launched a massive manhunt. Thousands of people were subjected to intense interrogation. All the suspects were interrogated again. From it, Andrei Chikatilo, a supply officer at a factory in Rostov, was arrested. But this time Andre escaped. Nature herself had prepared an escape plan for Andrey. A genetic one. The truth is that it then led to the brutal murder of 21 people.
Andre was a non-secretor. Andre’s blood group had no similarity with the sperm recovered from the crime scenes !!.
During this period, Andre had committed 32 brutal murders.
Andre’s blood type was A. But the sperm test revealed that it was type AB. Police thought the killer might be someone else.
On October 8, 1984, the Russian Public Prosecutor’s Office consolidated Andrey’s 23 murder cases. Earlier, a mentally ill person had confessed to the crime. The mental patient was acquitted.
After the murder of Irina Luchinskaya on September 6, the police in Rostov did not see any murders in Andrey’s modus operandi.
Investigators in Rostov thought the killer might have gone to another part of the Soviet Union and begun his killing spree. The Rostov police sent out bulletins to the entire force in the Soviet Union about Andrei’s killing pattern. But the response from other forces was negative. Uzbek police were unable to link the two murders in Tashkent to Andrey. The reason for this was that the victim’s neck had been severed. In another killing, the body was horribly mutilated. The police thought it must have belonged to a threshing machine.
During that period, the media kept a lot of information out. As soon as something came out, it was twisted and buried as if it was the work of other nations, eaten by wolves.
Meanwhile, Andre is accused in a kidnapping case. He was sentenced to one year. But after a three-month sentence, Andre was released on December 12, 1984. Andrei Chikatilo, who was released from prison in December, joined a locomotive factory in Novocherkassk. He was able to suppress his urge to kill until August 1, 1985.
On a business trip to Moscow, 18-year-old Natalia Pokhlistova was lured from a railway platform near Domodedovo Airport, taken to a tree, tied up and stabbed to death with 38 knives.
Police believe the killer may have traveled by air from Rostov Oblast. Police checked all Aeroflot flight records. Police were unable to find any suspect’s name from the list of passengers who traveled between late July and August 1. Perhaps Andre traveled to Chikatilo by train at that time.
Four weeks later, on August 27, Irina Gulyaeva was murdered in a grove of trees near Shakhty bus station.
In November 1985, Issa Kostoyev took charge of the investigation. All the known killers in and around Rostov were questioned again. Police Dr. Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky sought the help of a psychologist. It was the first time a serial killer had been caught in the Soviet Union. Dr. Alexander Bukhanovsky prepared a 65-page psychological profile of the unknown killer. He said the killer would be aged between 45 and 50, a sadist, who derives sexual gratification from seeing his victim suffer. He also said in the report that the killer’s job was related to travel.
Andre Chikatilo was at that time carefully reading the newspapers about the police’s efforts to catch the killer. Andre went on a killing spree again.
On March 7, 1990, a 10-year-old boy, Yaroslav Makarov, was lured to Rostov Botanical Gardens near Rostov Station and killed.
On April 4, 1990, Andre lured and killed a 31-year-old woman named Lyubov Zuyeva in a wooded area near the fortified Donleskhoz station (but her body was found on August 24).
On July 28, 1990, a 13-year-old boy named Viktor Petrov was killed in the Rostov Botanical Gardens. Petrov’s body was found shortly after Makarov was killed.
On August 14, 1990, an 11-year-old boy named Ivan Fomin was killed on the Novocherkassk municipal beach (his body was found on August 17
). ) went missing during the train journey to
Finding that most of the murders were in connection with the railway station, the Investigative Department deployed 360 plainclothes policemen at various stations in Rostov Oblast. Especially in the three busy stations of Kirpichnaya, Donleskhoz and Lesostep.
Investigating officer Viktor Bukarov instructed to interrogate any man seen with a child or girl and record their name and passport number. It came into force on 27 October 1990.
On October 30, police found the body of a mentally ill Vadim Gromov at the Donleskhoz station. Vadim’s neck was strangled. Had 27 stitches. The testicles and tip of the tongue had been cut off, and the left eye had been punctured. On the same day (October 30, 1990), Viktor Tishchenko (16 years old) was lured away from the Kirpichnaya station by the police and killed in a nearby forest. Victor fought Andre well for his life, biting off his finger. Victor had 40 wounds on his body.
On November 6, 1990, Andrey killed 22-year-old Svetlana Korostik in a forest near Donleskhos station. But after leaving the crime scene, an undercover officer saw Andre washing his hands and face near a well. He noticed that Andre’s coat was dirty with grass and mud.
The officer noticed a red mark on Andre’s chin. The officer was suspicious. At that time, people usually went into the forest to gather wild mushrooms. But Andre’s style of dress did not match that. Neither he nor the nylon sports bag seen in Andre’s hand was suitable for collecting mushrooms. The policeman interrogated Andrey. Andre’s papers were examined. But Andrei saw nothing to arrest him. Returning to the office, the officer, as usual, gave a report on Andrey, whom he had seen at the station.
On November 13, the police found the dead body of Svetlana Korostik. It was the 36th killing of the killer that police are looking for.
Andrey was also on a suspect list in 1987. Police inquired about Andre’s current and previous jobs.
The police found that Andre was present at the scene of many murders. Colleagues testified that during Andre’s teaching career, he was forcibly expelled for sexually assaulting others.
On November 14, Andrey was put under police surveillance. Andre came under close surveillance by the police. On several occasions and in various places, especially on trains and buses, the police observed Andre engaging in conversation with isolated children and women.
After 6 days Andre left the house with a big jar.
He wandered around the Novocherkassk park waiting for his victim and tried to contact the children. Andre didn’t realize the police were behind him. Then the beer was filled in a jar from a kiosk. Andre continued his hunt. Andre was surrounded by four men in plain clothes as he was leaving a cafe. They arrested Andrei for the murders.
Andre said that he had been arrested earlier in 1984 for this serial killing and that the police had made a mistake!!.
When the wound on Andre’s finger was examined, the medical examiner testified that the wound had been bitten by someone (Victor had bitten Andre’s finger in a good fight for his life).
Andre did not seek treatment for the wound. The police searched Andre’s possessions and found a folding mace and two cubits of rope.
The police took a sample of Andre’s blood. Andrei was placed in a cell at the KGB headquarters in Rostov with a policeman.
The next day, on November 21, the interrogation began under the leadership of special prosecutor Issa Kostoyev. They had cleverly devised a plan.
They asserted that Andre was a patient in need of medical care and that a confession was required. They made Andre believe that he could not be prosecuted if he confessed because he was mentally ill. The police knew that there was only circumstantial evidence against Andrek. Under Soviet law, a suspect could be detained for only 10 days. Otherwise he will have to be released. If there are revelations of Andre before that, evidence will be obtained from it.
Andre’s blood sample was tested and found to be TYPE A. But the police got worried seeing that the owner of the sperm recovered from the crime scene was TYPE AB !!.
The police took another sperm sample from Andre and sent it for testing. It turned out to be TYPE AB!!. But Andre’s blood and saliva were TYPE A!! (In 1988 the investigating officers got a circular. It said that in rare cases a man’s blood group, sperm and ummin will be different.) Throughout the questioning, Andre denied his role in the murder.
Burakov (Burakov), Fetisov (Fetisov) Dr. Alexander sought the help of Bukhanovsky.
On November 29, 1985, scientist Dr. Alexander Bukhanovsky came.
Dr. Andre explained some of his psychological profile. Alexander Bukhanovsky said. Andre was ready to confess within two hours!!. Dr. Burakov and Fetisov that Andre is ready to confess. Alexander Bukhanovsky reported.
Andre gave detailed descriptions of the murders he had committed.
He confessed to 34 murders between June 1982 and November 1990.
On August 20, 1991, Andrei was sent to the Serbsky Institute in Moscow for a 60-day psychiatric evaluation to see if he was mentally competent to undergo a trial. Senior Psychiatrist, Dr. Andre said that Andre is suffering from borderline personality disorder with sadistic features, but Andre is strong enough to face a legal trial. Andrei Tkachenko (Senior Psychiatrist Dr. Andrei Tkachenko) informed.
On April 14, 1992, Andrei Chikatilo was put on trial in Rostov.
On October 15, Provincial Court Judge Leonid Akubzhanov sentenced Andrei to death.
Andrey submitted a clemency petition, but it was rejected by Russian President Boris Yeltsin on January 4, 1994.
On February 14, 1994, Andrei was transferred to a soundproof room in Novocherkassk prison. He was killed by a single shot behind the right ear. And so ended the story of Andrei Chikatilo, the Rostov Ripper.
Around 53 people are believed to have been sent to Kalapuri by Andre Chikatilo. Andre had eaten the flesh of his victims !!.
Andre Chicotlo is thought to be a non-secretor.
(A “Non-secretor” is someone, who through their own genetics, carries a gene which inhibits them from secreting their ABO blood type in their secretions. By secretions we mean saliva, semen, etc. Eighty-five percent of the population are secretors, so non-secretors are in a minority) that is
why the police could not find Andre Chikatilo earlier. If I want to write the whole thing about Andrey, I won’t stop here. This is a gem.