This is Mikhail Popkov, a former policeman who is serving life for the 22 murders he was found guilty of – however things have now taken an even darker turn.
Popkov, who goes by the terrifying nickname, ‘The Werewolf’, has openly revealed to police that he killed far more than just 22 women, confessing that the actual number of victims is exactly 81, according to Sky News.
The RIC, Russia’s equivalent of the FBI, claims Popkov told them he had killed the additional 59 women during his murderous rampage from 1994 until 2000 when he lost ‘the urge to rape and kill’.
If Popkov’s claims are true that will make him the most notorious serial killer in Russia with far more victims than the so-called ‘Butcher of Rostov’, who killed 53 people, and the ‘Chessboard Killer’, who murdered 49.
However Popkov didn’t stop there as he also revealed to the RIC his exact methods for murdering his victims.
Hauntingly, the former policeman would go into bars late at night dressed in his police uniform where he would approach drunk women and offer them a lift home in his patrol car. He did so because he felt that their behaviour was wrong.
Once he had them in his car, the werewolf would drive to a deserted area before raping and murdering them with either an axe, screwdriver, or knife. Popkov would then dump their naked bodies in the woods, earning him the nickname the werewolf.
RIC spokeswoman Karina Golovacheva claimed there has always been confusion over Popkov’s number of victims.
To clarify the numbers, Popkov has confessed to 59 new murders.
We are not counting in this total those 22 for which he was already sentenced. These cases are already closed.
Popkov’s only daughter, Ekaterina, has also spoken out about her father’s actions, but finds it impossible to believe as truth.
I do not believe any of this. I always felt myself as ‘Daddy’s girl’. For 25 years we were together, hand in hand. We walked, rode bikes, went to the shops, and he met me from school.
We both collect model cars, so we have the same hobby. I wanted to be a criminologist, so I read a book with tips of how investigators catch serial killers and there were also basic classifications [about murderers]. Daddy doesn’t fit any of these classifications – he doesn’t look like some maniac.
As a result of the recent confession Popkov has been charged with an additional 47 murders, and police are expecting to add the other 12 once investigations are completed.