Jeffrey Dahmer was crazy

25 years ago: The "Rostov Beast" is executed

The Russian serial killer Andrei Tschikatilo murdered for twelve years, and he repeatedly escaped his captors. Innocents were tortured and beaten into confessions. Eventually, Chikatilo was caught, sentenced and executed in 1994.

Moscow - February 14, 1994: Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo, 56, is taken to death row in Novocherkassk prison, an industrial city 30 northeast of Rostov on the Black Sea. The former teacher is blindfolded and kneels down. An officer holds a pistol to his neck - and pulls the trigger. Andrei Tschikatilo, one of the cruelest murderers in Russian criminal history, dies from being shot in the neck.

Two years earlier, Chikatilo had been tried in the district court of his hometown Rostov. During the almost six-month trial, gruesome details of the murders that Chikatilo had committed mainly in Rostov, Russia, but also in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and elsewhere in Uzbekistan and Ukraine came to light.

Trace of horror

He was referred to as the “Rostov monster” in the media and by the population. He confessed to all of the 54 negotiated murders - the majority of young women and children - that he had committed during the Soviet Union. He himself stated that he murdered at least 56 people. There were probably more, but many victims were never found.

The court, chaired by Judge Leonid Akubschanov, sentenced the death penalty three times - for the murders in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan and for the unusual brutality of the crimes. Tschikatilo, a father of two and a trained philologist, accepted the verdict without a word.

Andrei Tschikatilo was born in 1936 in Yablutschne, a small village in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. He worked as a communications engineer, teacher and, after his dismissal for the sexual abuse of schoolgirls, as a warehouse manager in a locomotive factory in Rostov.

The “crazy beast”, as he called himself, left a trace of horror between 1978 and 1990: Tschikatilo led his victims - girls, boys, young men and women - into forest areas. There he raped the defenseless, stabbed eyes, cut off genitals, and slit open bellies. Then the cannibal consumed parts of his victims. "When I saw blood and the agony, I felt satisfaction," he confessed when questioned.

Sloppiness, arbitrariness. dark machinations with the police

During the trial, there were repeated tumultuous scenes in the courtroom. Relatives of the victims asked for the defendant to be surrendered to be lynched. Doctors and paramedics were always present at the trial to take care of relatives and relatives of the victims in the event of a breakdown.

The Russian investigative authorities had been looking for the serial killer for twelve years until they were finally convicted and arrested Chikatilo on November 20, 1990. A total of 127 detectives, plus a special brigade from the Moscow Public Prosecutor's Office and hundreds of informers and decoys were needed to arrest him.

All these years Rostov, the southern Russian city at the mouth of the Don, lived in fear and terror. The media had repeatedly reported about "Jack the Ripper" or "The Monster". At the beginning of the process, the headlines read: “A figment of hell” or “The sex offender of the 20th century par excellence”.

An innocent man is executed

The investigation revealed sloppiness, arbitrariness and dark machinations in the Russian militia, the public prosecutor's office and in the courts. Dozens of suspects were arrested and forced to confess using psychological pressure and even torture.

A terrible fate befell one of them. The Ukrainian Alexander Kravchenko was beaten to confess. He was 20 years old when he was executed on March 23, 1982. Investigators uncovered 1,662 crimes, including 95 murders and 245 rapes, over half a million people.

Arrested and released twice

Tschikatilo was suspected in 1979 and 1984, but was released on both occasions. In the process he described himself as “nature's mistake”.

His life was unhappy. He actually wanted to be an agitator and propagandist, he testified during the trial. An outwardly shy, inconspicuous family man who turned out to be the "Monster of Rostov".

Serial killers and cannibals

Like the case of Andrei Tschikatilo, there have been cannibalistic killers time and again in criminal history. An overview:

2008: In Leeds, England, a 36-year-old is sentenced to 30 years in prison for stabbing his lover and then frying and eating part of his lover's thigh.

2006: Most spectacular recent case in Germany: Armin Meiwes, known as the “Cannibal von Rotenburg”, is sentenced to life imprisonment for lust murder. In 2001 he emasculated, killed and partially eaten an engineer from Berlin.

2006: In South Africa, a 29-year-old is sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing a three-year-old with a machete and eating parts of her body.

2001: In Kazakhstan, two men were sentenced to death for murdering seven young prostitutes. They ate the meat themselves or offered it to unsuspecting relatives.

1999: In Finland, three young men and a woman had to answer for cannibalism and murder in court: followers of a "satanic cult" allegedly tortured, murdered and devoured a group member.

1994: Jeffrey L. Dahmer, the "Cannibal of Milwaukee", committed 17 murders in the United States. Frozen, boiled and decomposed remains of his victims were found in his apartment. In February 1992, he was sentenced to 15 life imprisonment. In 1994 he was killed in prison.

1925: From 1918 to 1924 Fritz Haarmann killed at least 26 young men in Hanover and drank some of the blood. He may have killed more than 100 teenagers. He was beheaded in April 1925.

1924: Karl Denke murdered at least 42 men and women during the First World War. The police found cured human meat in his apartment, which he had sold at the weekly market in Breslau. After his arrest, he hanged himself in his prison cell on December 22, 1924.

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