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Siberian Serial Killer Guilty of 56 More Murders

Ex-cop Mikhail Popkov has killed at least 78
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 10, 2018 3:12 AM CST
Mikhail Popkov.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A court in Russia's eastern Siberia has convicted a former policeman of murdering 56 women, bringing the number he is believed to have killed to at least 78. The court on Monday found Mikhail Popkov, from the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, guilty of the murders between 1994 and 2000 and sentenced him to life in prison, the AP reports. Courtroom footage shows him with his head bowed. Popkov, who was arrested in 2012, is already serving life for 22 other killings. The verdict makes him Russia's most prolific serial killer in at least the past century. Local police have for years been investigating murders in the Irkutsk region, where dozens of women were raped and killed in secluded spots. Psychiatric tests run on Popkov have concluded that he is sane. (Authorities say he killed women who were out late at night because he thought they were immoral.)

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