Anatoly Onoprienko

Anatoly Onoprienko

Anatoly Onoprienko
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Background information
Birth name: Anatoly Yurievich Onoprienko
Also known as: The Beast of Ukraine
The Terminator
Citizen O
Born: July 25, 1959 (1959-07-25) (age 50)
Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Number of victims: 52
Span of killings: 1989–1996
Country: Ukraine
Date apprehended: April 16, 1996

Anatoly Yurievich Onoprienko (born Ukrainian: ???????? ??????? ?????????? on July 25, 1959) is a Ukrainian serial killer. He is also known by the nicknames “The Beast of Ukraine”, “The Terminator” and “Citizen O”. After police arrested the 37-year-old former forestry student on April 16, 1996, Onoprienko confessed to killing 52 people.[1][2]


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Birth and childhood

Anatoly Onoprienko was the younger of two sons; his brother Valentine was 13 years his senior. His father, Jury Onoprienko, participated in the Second World War and was awarded for bravery. When Anatoly was 3 years old his mother died. He was cared for by his grandparents and aunt for a time before being handed over to a children’s home in the village of Privitnoe. In one interview, Onoprienko later said that this predetermined his destiny – as he said, 70% of graduates of children’s homes go to prison.


Onoprienko was carrying a hunting rifle that matched the murder weapon in several of the killings and had jewellery and video equipment which may have belonged to some of his victims. While in custody he immediately confessed to eight killings between 1989 to 1995. At first, he denied other charges, but soon admitted to being the murderer of 52 victims in a six-year killing spree. While in custody, he claimed that his killing spree was commanded by inner voices he kept hearing. As well, the locations Onoprienko chose for the murders formed a cross on a map of Ukraine.


The killings followed a set pattern. He chose an isolated house, shot everyone inside, including children, and lit the building on fire. He would also kill any witness unlucky enough to cross his path during his murderous rampages. The first to die were a family of four in Bratkovychi. Another family of five and two witnesses were killed not long after in the same village. When police imposed a security cordon around Bratkovychi, he then moved to other villages to continue killing.

Capture and conviction

In March 1996, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and Public Prosecutor’s Office specialists detained 26-year-old Yury Mozola as a suspect of several brutal murders. Over the course of three days, six SBU members and one representative of Public Prosecutor’s Office tortured (burning, electric shocking and beating) the arrested citizen.[3] Mozola refused to confess to the crimes and died during the torture. Seven responsible for the death were sentenced to prison terms.[4] Seventeen days later, the real murderer, Anatoly Onoprienko, was found after a massive manhunt, seven years after his first murder. This happened after he moved in with one of his relatives and his stash of weapons was discovered. Anatoly was quickly booted out of the house. Days later, from the information received, Anatoly was captured.

Onopriyenko murdered 43 victims in 6 months in 1995-1996. He was sentenced to death on March 31, 1999, but due to Ukraine’s intention to join the European Union, the death sentence was commuted to life in prison.


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NAME Onoprienko, Anatoly
ALTERNATIVE NAMES ??????????, ???????? (Ukranian)
DATE OF BIRTH July 25, 1959
PLACE OF BIRTH Zhytomyr, Ukraine

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