A Russian supermarket clerk on trial for 49 murders has told a Moscow court that his first killing—of a friend in 1992—was unforgettable, like "first love." Alexander Pichushkin, who gained notoriety in 2005 for serial killings in a Moscow park, also compared the need to murder to the need for food, the Telegraph reports.
Pichushkin, 33, tallied his victims by putting a coin on a chessboard for each murder, and claims he was just a few killings short of filling the 64-square board when police caught him. Only 49 bodies have been found, however. Pichushkin lured victims into the park by offering to share a bottle of vodka beside his dog's grave.