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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Russian Serial Killer Mikhail Popkov

     Mikhail Popkov, a police officer who also worked as a security guard for a chemical and oil company in Irkutski, Russia, between 1992 and 2010, raped and murdered 56 women. Most of his victims, aged 17 to 38, were either addicted to drugs or worked as prostitutes.

     Popkov's modus operandi involved dressing as a police officer and offering his victims lifts in his car. After raping them, he'd kill them with axes, baseball bats, knives, or screwdrivers.

     Labelled "The Werewolf" by the Russian media, Popkov, one of that nation's most prolific serial killers, was sentenced to prison for life without the possibility of parole. He's been behind bars since 2011 for the murders of two women. In 2018, he confessed murdering and raping the other women.

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