Serial killer ex-policeman caught after 15-year hunt
ONE of Russia's most notorious serial killers, a former policeman who allegedly murdered 29 women, has been caught.
Officers seized the 48 year-old, named only as Mikhail P, in Vladivostok after an investigation that ran for almost 15 years. He reportedly beheaded some of his victims and had sexual intercourse with their corpses.
The suspect was a serving police officer at the time of the attacks, which took place mostly between 1995 and 1998 in Angarsk in Siberia. One woman was murdered in 2004.
He is thought to have used his days off to prey on lone women as they returned home at night. On the pretence of giving them a lift home in his car, he took his victims to remote forests where he tortured them with screwdrivers and knives, before beheading them with an axe.
After leaving the Angarsk force in the late 1990s, Mikhail P worked at a metal pipe factory. He was finally identified when police compared DNA samples found on the bodies with that of former officers.
A former police colleague of Mikhail P said: "He was an ideal family man who often talked about his wife and his daughter and tried to bring money home to the family."
Russia has a chilling reputation for serial killers.
Alexander Pichushkin murdered at least 49 people in Moscow's Bittsevsky Park between 1992 and 2006. Andrei Chikatilo, murdered 52 women and children and was executed in 1994. (©Daily Telegraph, London)