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Russia's worst serial killer admits to murdering 81 people

Mikhail Popkov is expected to face a new trial over the extra murders he’s been charged with. Photo: Supplied
Mikhail Popkov is expected to face a new trial over the extra murders he’s been charged with. Photo: Supplied

FIRST "The Werewolf" was known as a vicious serial rapist and murderer. But that was just the start of his evil story.

A former Russian police officer, The Werewolf's real name is Mikhail Popkov, and he already had been found guilty of 22 murders.

But in a horrifying confession, he has now admitted to slaying a staggering 81 people.

And it could still be even more. Authorities have not ruled out there being more victims.

The extra 59 victims means The Werewolf, 52, has the dubious honour of being Russia's worst ever serial killer.

He would even eclipse his idol Andrei Chikatilo, better known as the Butcher of Rostov, reported The Mirror.

The Butcher was convicted of an appalling 53 murders. In terms of worldwide killers he makes it to number three in terms of total body count.

The two serial killers with a higher victim count are both South American. Luis Garavito, who killed 138, and Pedro Lopez, who killed 110.

His modus operandi was to sexually assault the victims before he unleashed on them any sharp weapon he could - be it a knife, tool or even an axe.

He wore his police uniform as he lured drunken victims into his police car, offering them late night rides back home from bars.

The brutal Werewolf stalked his prey for almost 20 years before he was eventually captured.

His wife Elena, 51, and daughter Ekaterina, 29, a schoolteacher, supported him through his early court proceedings and refused to believe he was a mass killer.

They have since distanced themselves from him.

A Russian police spokesman made the grim announcement that cleared up any confusion over the number of victims.

"To clarify the numbers, Popkov has confessed to 59 new murders," said Lieutenant Karina Golovacheva, of the Russian Investigative Committee in the region of Irkutsk region.

The Russian Investigative Committee is Moscow's version of the FBI.

"We are not counting in this total those 22 for which he was already sentenced. These cases are already closed.

"So there are 59 new murders. That means, if we add them to the earlier 22, it will be 81 murders in total."

Mikhail Popkov, also known as The Werewolf is now Russia’s worst ever serial killer.
Mikhail Popkov, also known as The Werewolf is now Russia’s worst ever serial killer.

Lt Golovacheva added The Werewolf had now been charged with murder for 47 of the additional 59 cases. Further charges were likely.

"When the investigation is finished, and Popkov has read the case materials, the trial can begin," she told The Siberian Times.

During his latest court appearance The Werewolf was asked by judge Pavel Rukavishnikov how many women he had actually killed.

He answered matter-of-factly: "I can't say exactly, I didn't keep a record."

He then went on to tell the court" "I admit my guilt in full ... committing the murders, I was guided by my inner convictions."

After his initial arrest, he told police he wanted to rid the streets of prostitutes.

News Corp Australia

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