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Russian serial killer “The Werewolf” admits to killing another 59 bringing tally to 81

January 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Russian serial killer “The Werewolf” admits to killing another 59 bringing tally to 81

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A Russian serial killer who was already found guilty of killing 22 women has confessed to killing another 59 people, which makes him the world’s third most prolific serial killer ever and his country’s most dangerous.

The former Siberian cop, Mikhail Popkov, also known as “The Werewolf,” was serving life in prison when he admitted to Russian officials that he murdered dozens more, according to The Siberian Times.

The bloodthirsty psychopath confessed to 12 sexually motivated murders of prostitutes, all of whom he executed during his turmoil that spanned from 1994 to 2000.

“That means, if we add them to the 22, it will be 81 murders in total. We are sure about the 12 other cases,” Irkutsk police spokeswoman Karina Golovacheva stated. “In the near future, we can bring charges.”

Popkov was charged a few days ago with 25 more murders after authorities recovered the remains of a “huge number” of victims based on his most recent disclosures.

The grim tally mounted Popkov past Russia’s two other most violent serial killers: Andrei “Butcher of Rostov” Chikatilo, who murdered 53 people, and “Chessboard Killer” Alexander Pichushkin, who killed 49.

ANGARSK MANIAC: Mikhail Popkov in court admitted to 59 new murders Credits: Vostochno-Sibirskaya Pravda/The Siberian Times

Only two other killers around the world have him beat: South Americans Pedro “The Monster of the Andes” Lopez, who killed over 300, and Luis “The Beast” Garavito, who murdered 147.

During his 16-year killing rampage, Popkov sexually assaulted his young female victims — all between the ages of 17-38 — before murdering them either with knives, an ax, or screwdrivers.

He would wear his police uniform to attract his drunken victims into his patrol vehicle by offering them late-night rides home from bars.

The Russian serial killer would then take his lifeless victims to deserted areas and abandon their naked bodies in the woods. DNA evidence was recovered at the scenes.

The crimes remained unsolved for many years because authorities neglected to conduct DNA tests on their cops. When they finally checked the entire department, Popkov was declared to the killer.

After he was arrested in 2012, Popkov reportedly told police that he lost the will to kill after he had caught syphilis from one victim, which left him impotent. Police say that he stopped his murder spree in 2000 when he contracted the disease.

Police have speculated that the killings began after Popkov found two used condoms belonging to guests who had gone a party at his home. Popkov wrongfully accused his wife of cheating, which caused him to seek revenge against women.

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