A court docket in Russia’s japanese Siberia on Monday convicted a former policeman of murdering 56 ladies, bringing the quantity he’s believed to have killed to not less than 78.
The court docket discovered Mikhail Popkov, from the japanese Siberian metropolis of Angarsk, responsible of the murders between 1994 and 2000 and sentenced him to life in jail. Popkov, who was arrested in 2012, is already serving life for 22 different killings.
The decision makes him Russia’s most prolific serial killer in not less than the previous century.
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Native police have for years been investigating murders within the Irkutsk area, the place dozens of girls had been raped and killed in secluded spots. With a purpose to assist the probe, authorities ended up taking DNA samples from 230,000 residents of Angarsk. Sperm discovered on one of many victims led the investigators to the killer.
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Psychiatric exams run on the police lieutenant who retired in 1998 have concluded that he’s sane.
Popkov’s lawyer advised Russian information companies that his 54-year-old consumer would attraction the decision in addition to the movement to strip him of his police pension, which he has been receiving regardless of the 2015 responsible verdict.