Between 1992 and 2007 Mikhail ‘The Werewolf’ Popkov was charged with the rape and murder of at least 60 women.
Despite this, the man dubbed Russia’s worst serial killer sees himself as ‘a good husband and father’. He was convicted of at least 22 murders in the Siberian city of Angarsk whilst he worked as a policeman.
Popkov was arrested by police in 2012, when asked why he did what he did his response was was that he wanted to ‘clean up’ his city of ‘prostitutes’ and ‘immoral women’. He told the police he was ‘disgusted’ by the way they were getting drunk and left their homes to go out and ‘party’.
In a chilling confession to the police he claimed that:
I had a double-life. In one life I was an ordinary person, I was in the service, in the police, having positive feedback on my work.
I had a family. My wife and daughter considered me a good husband and father, which corresponded to reality.
In my other life I committed murders, which I carefully concealed from everyone, realising that this was a criminal offence.
My wife and daughter never knew about the crimes I committed and did not even suspect this.
He is already serving a life sentence and in 2015 he was charged with an additional 60 murders of women aged 14-60.
The father of one would target his victims at local train stations, picking them up whilst under the influence and would reportedly rape them before murdering them with axes and screwdrivers. He even returned to two of his murder scenes as a police officer.
Popkov would go as far to use weapons confiscated from other cases and use them in his own murders, before hiding the bodies in secluded locations such as forests and woodlands.