21. Russia – The Chessboard Killer (aka The Bitsevsky Park Maniac)

Russian serial killer, Alexander Pichuskin killed 48, but possibly as many as 60 people between 1992 and 2006. He initially said that his aim was to kill 64 people, one for every square on a chessboard. Later he recanted his statement, saying that, had he not been caught, he would have carried on killing indefinitely. Had he filled all the squares on one board with victims, he would simply have gone out and bought another board to fill.

Before he was caught, he was known as the Bitsevsky Park Maniac. After police found his marked chessboard, however, he was renamed: The Chessboard Killer.

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Resources 

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Serial Killers – Alexander Pichushkin

The Chessboard Killer

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Murderpedia

Wikipedia

Articles

The Chessboard Killer

Siberian woman to marry notorious Chessboard Killer, Alexander Pichushkin

List of Alexander Pichushkin’s verified victims

Police fear that there was more to the case than poverty

Credits

Created by Sonya Lowe

Narrated by: Noel Vinson

Additional script editing: Emma Robertson

Researched & Produced by Two Red Romans Productions

Music: “Nordic Medieval” by Marcus Bressler

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