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Saturday 29 April 2017

Serial killer ex-cop admits to killing 59 women after claiming his wife cheated

Mikhail Popkov is facing life in prison Photo: Stock Image PA
Mikhail Popkov is facing life in prison Photo: Stock Image PA
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A serial killer known as "The Werewolf" has admitted to murdering 59 women after he claims his wife cheated on him.

Former Russian police officer, Mikhail Popkov is already serving a life sentence for 22 murders, according to The Siberian Times.

Recently it's believed that Popkov told investigators he murdered "twice as many women" as previously thought between 1994 to 2000.

According to The Siberian Times, after his admissions, police discovered the bodies of a “huge number” of victims and have now charged him with the 25 extra murders.

Popkov also provided information on 12 more killings, bringing the total number to 59.

It's believed the serial killer lured drunk victims into his car by wearing his police officer uniform and offering them a lift home.

He would then drive them into deserted areas and brutally attack them with axes, knives or screwdrivers, before dumping their bodies in the woods.

According to the New York Post the crimes went unsolved for many years because police failed to conduct DNA tests on their officers. When they tested them, Popkov was identified as the killer.

Popkov was arrested in 2012 and allegedly told police officers he had "lost his will to kill" after contracting syphilis from one of his victims.

According to The Daily Mail he began murdering woman after "he wrongly accused" his wife of cheating on him.

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