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CRIME HUNTER: Russia’s barbaric borscht of serial killers

A picture taken on December 13, 2017 shows serial killer Mikhail Popkov in Irkutsk. – A Siberian policeman who raped and killed women after offering them late-night rides was found guilty of dozens more murders on December 10, 2018, making him Russia’s most prolific serial killer of recent times. A court in the city of Irkutsk found Mikhail Popkov guilty of 56 murders between 1992 and 2007, sentencing him to a second life term. He was already in prison after being convicted of killing 22 women in 2015. PHOTO BY ANTON KLIMOV /AFP/Getty Images

In the vast wastelands of Siberia and elsewhere in Russia, they killed and killed in the most macabre ways imaginable.

The former Soviet Union was back in the news this week with its barbaric — and baseless —attack on Ukraine. In our corner over the years, there has been no shortage of Russian serial killers and other monsters.

Only arch-rival the United States compares to the bloodlust unleashed by homicidal maniacs in Russia.

Here are a few of them.

TAMARA SAMSONOVA — THE GRANNY RIPPER

Samsonova was a voracious journal writer.

In fact, when cops in St. Petersburg arrested her for the murder of a 79-year-old woman, they discovered a diary of death that detailed her stomach-churning crimes.

One entry read: “I killed my tenant Volodya, cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife and put the pieces of his body in plastic bags and threw them away in the different parts of Frunzensky District.”

MIKHAIL POPKOV — THE WEDNESDAY KILLER

Russia’s worst.

People described police officer Popkov as a “perfect husband and father,” but he was also leading a secret life as a bloodthirsty serial killer who murdered at least 80 women, usually full-figured, in Siberia. Many of the women bore a resemblance to the killer’s mother who abused him when he was a child.

Media nicknamed him The Werewolf and the Wednesday Murderer (the day many of his victims were found) and his reign of terror lasted from 1992 to 2000 when the murders suddenly stopped.

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DESPITE LAW ENFORCEMENT’S EMPHATIC DENIALS, SOCIAL MEDIA INSISTS FOUR WOMEN ARE VICTIMS OF A NORTH COAST SERIAL KILLER

All four women that died in the last month and whose deaths are being attributed to a serial killer in spite of emphatic denials from three different county sheriff’s. From left to right: Ukiah’s Alyssa Mae Sawdey, Napa’s Crystal McCarthy, Guerneville’s Cynthia Crane, and Willits’s Amber Dillon.

North Coast community Facebook pages have continued to circulate an unsubstantiated rumor that a serial killer is preying upon women in Mendocino, Sonoma, and Napa Counties. This assumed serial killer’s victims were originally two Mendocino County women but has grown to include one from Sonoma County, and another from Napa County.

We reached out to all three law enforcement agencies investigating the deaths of these four women. All, in their own way, made it clear there was no known connection between these tragedies and these cases are not a result of any serial killer preying on women.

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Mass murder threat

On Nov. 12, 2021, late Friday evening, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson was in Memphis, when he got a call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The tip from the FBI was in regard to a possible threat to a church in Lee County.

“It (the threat) was flagged by Google. When this post was made through a U-Tube video, the internet picked it up and there are certain sites who flag stuff,” Johnson said. “Just like our system here at the sheriff’s office, with the inmate telephone service, we can key in certain words of interest like ‘escape’ and it will flag us anytime that word is used.”

Search engines like Google and social media sites are to alert agencies like the FBI anytime “threats” are mentioned on their formats. The information received from the FBI was deemed credible, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department immediately began investigating the threat. Upon further investigation it was determined an individual made a comment through a social media platform that he was planning “a mass murder” at his church the next Sunday, which would have been Nov. 14, 2021.

“The FBI was able to get the IP address of where the message was sent from. Once we had that information — it was more or less — this is exactly what the threat is, and here’s the address the threat came from. This is where the egg’s hid now go find it,” Johnson said. “It was a Saltillo address and he was there.”

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South Florida authorities link serial killer to 3 women’s deaths

Brazilian man accused of crimes died in 2005 plane crash, investigators say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff’s Office and City of Miami Police Department announced Tuesday that they have linked a serial killer to the killings of three young women in South Florida decades after the women were killed.

The body of Kimberly Dietz-Livesey was the first to be discovered on June 22, 2000. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said her body had been placed inside a suitcase that was found along a roadway in Cooper City.

Weeks later, on Aug. 9, 2000, the body of Sia Demas was found stuffed inside a duffel bag along a road in Dania Beach.

Authorities said the serial killer, identified as Roberto Wagner Fernandes, who lived in Miami but was a Brazilian citizen, also killed Jessica Good, whose body was found floating in Biscayne Bay on Aug. 30, 2001.

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10 Most Underrated Movies About Serial Killers (That Everyone Forgets About)

Serial killers have always been terrifying. Here are some forgotten movies about serial killers that have not been given the recognition they deserve.

Films with a serial killer premise are some of the darkest yet most alluring film genres out there for movie fans who are hooked on crime-horrors and thrillers.

The Stepfather (1987)
The Snowtown Murders (2011)
Monster (2003)
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)
American Psycho (2000)
Funny Games (1997, 2007)
My Friend Dahmer (2018)
The Eyes Of Laura Mars (1978)
Memories Of Murder (2003)
Badlands (1973)