Riddled with bullets
Cries for help ignored
Really stupid criminal
Carved up like a turkey
Killing 'connected with professional activities of victim'
NEW JACK CHERTANOV
Could the closest thing to a serial murderer Moscow has seen in years have been motivated by something as banal as the need for a fix? That's what the Chertanov militsia claims. They didn't even specify which drugs -- for all Moskovsky Komsomolets readers know, this serial killer may have been fiending for a joint.
So far, the body count is at four, with one seriously wounded pensioner potentially making the fifth victim. However, the militsia believes that they may still find more bodies or at least be able to trace other murders in the area to the suspect.
The known attacks took place in two bursts of activity over a period of three days at the end of February. The first body, a 38-year-old driver, was found around 5:30 in the morning on Feb. 22 on ul. Akademika Yangelya. Three hours later, in an apartment building on Chertanovskaya ul. 45, neighbors found the corpse of a 47-year-old male resident in the podyezd. Around the same time a couple of blocks away, the body of a 33-year-old man turned up.
All of the victims had been cut down in pretty much the same way. The assailant swung at them with a knife in his left hand, first stabbing them in the side and then slitting their throats. The order they were killed was the opposite in which they were found. All of the men outside had been pick-pocketed, and the driver's car stereo and wedding ring had also been lifted.
Even though area militsia was alerted that a maniac thief was running around, two days later at 4:10 in the morning, two militsia patrolmen stumbled upon a pensioner sitting near ul. Krasnogo Mayaka 16, dripping blood. The old man, who harkened from the town of Ozery, told the agents on his way to the hospital that a young man had jacked him in his car at around three in the morning.