Alexander Pichushkin


Alexander Pichushkin

Alexander Pichushkin
Background information
Birth name: Alexander Yuryevich Pichushkin
Also known as: The Bitsa Park Maniac
The Chessboard Killer
Born: 9 April 1974 (1974-04-09) (age 35)
Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Killings
Number of victims: 63 claimed, 48 proven
Span of killings: 1992–14 June 2006
Country: Russia
Date apprehended: 16 June 2006

Alexander “Sasha” Yuryevich Pichushkin (Russian: ?????????? ???????? ?????????, born 9 April 1974 in Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast), also known as The Chessboard Killer and The Bitsa Park Maniac, is a Russian serial killer. He is believed to have killed at least 48 people and up to 61–63 people in southwest Moscow’s Bitsa Park, where several of the victims’ bodies were found.

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Murders

Pichushkin committed his first murder as a student in 1992 and stepped up his crimes in 2001.[1] Russian media have speculated that Pichushkin may have been motivated by a macabre competition with Russia’s most notorious serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of killing 52 children and young women in 12 years.[2] Pichushkin has said his aim was to kill 64 people, the number of squares on a chessboard.[3][4] He later recanted this statement, saying that he would have continued killing indefinitely if he had not been stopped.[5]

Pichushkin primarily targeted elderly homeless men by luring them with vodka. After drinking with them, he would kill them, hitting them on the head with a hammer. He then stuck vodka bottles in their skulls to ensure that they did not survive. He also targeted women, both young and old. He would always attack from behind to avoid spilling blood on his clothes.[6] He claimed that while killing people he felt like God as he decided whether his victims should live or die. “For me, life without killing is like life without food for you” he once said. “I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world”.[7] Experts at the Serbsky Institute, Russia’s main psychiatric clinic, have found Pichushkin irrecuperable.

Trial and imprisonment

He was arrested on 15 June 2006, and convicted on 24 October 2007 of 48 (of 49) murders and three attempted murders.[8] He asked a Russian court to add an additional 11 victims to his body count, bringing his claimed death toll to 60 and 3 surviving victims.[9] During the trial, he was housed in a glass cage.[10] It took Judge Vladimir Usov an hour to read the verdict: life in prison[11] with the first 15 years to be spent in solitary confinement.[8] Capital punishment in Russia has been abolished in practice due to a moratorium established in 1996.

References

  1. ^ Russian chess player on trial for 49 alleged murders“. Agence France-Presse. News.com.au. 2007-09-14. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22416817-663,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  2. ^ ‘Chessboard killer’ revels in death“. Associated Press. CNN. 2007-10-09. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. http://web.archive.org/web/20071215164721/http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/10/09/russian.killer.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ Investigators believe 62 murdered by “chessboard killer”“. RIA Novosti. 2007-08-01. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070801/70097233.html. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  4. ^ Russian suspected of 62 murders“. BBC News Online. 2007-08-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6926680.stm. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  5. ^ Russia ‘chessboard killer’ guilty“. BBC News Online. 2007-10-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7059939.stm. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  6. ^ Serial Killer in Moscow killed 52 people“. Russia Today. Dailymotion. 2007-11-12. http://www.dailymotion.com/channel/blog/video/x3ghxv_serial-killer-in-moscow-killed-52-p_blog?from=rss. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  7. ^ Chua-Eoan, Howard (2007-09-12). “The Grandmaster of Murder?“. Time. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1661084,00.html?xid=feed-cnn-topics. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  8. ^ a b Bukharbayeva, Bagila (2007-10-24). “Russian Convicted of 48 Murders“. Associated Press. http://www.mail.com/Article.aspx?articlepath=APNews%5cGeneral+World+News%5c20071024%5cRussia_Serial_Killer_20071024.xml&cat=world&subcat=&pageid=2. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  9. ^ Sweeney, Conor (2007-10-09). ““Russian serial killer says murder is like love”“. Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL0914187920071009?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&rpc=22&sp=true. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  10. ^ Lowe, Christian (2007-10-24). “Russian ‘chessboard killer’ convicted of 48 murders“. Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL247048420071024?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  11. ^ ‘Chessboard killer’ gets life“. InTheNews.co.uk. 2007-10-29. http://www.inthenews.co.uk/news/autocodes/countries/russia/chessboard-killer-gets-life-$1158010.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 

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NAME Pichushkin, Alexander
ALTERNATIVE NAMES ?????????, ?????????? ???????? (Russian)
SHORT DESCRIPTION Serial killer
DATE OF BIRTH 9 April 1974
PLACE OF BIRTH Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast, Russia
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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