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7. Andrei ‘The Butcher of Rostov’ Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo became known as “The Butcher of Rostov” based on his killing spree that claimed the lives of 52 known victims between 1978 and 1990. Chikatilo targeted women and children in the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR, and the Uzbek SSR.

He approached his victims mainly at train stations, promising money or alcohol to the women and candy to the children. Then they were lured to a nearby forest where they were tied up and stabbed to death. Chikatilo said, “I am a mistake of nature, a mad beast.”

Despite suffering from chronic impotence, Chikatilo married his wife, Feodosia, and they had two children—a daughter, Lyudmila, and a son, Yuri—conceived very likely though manual methods. Chikatilo is pictured in the middle of the above photo holding his son.

Yuri had no clue about his father’s sinister crimes but nearly followed in his footsteps. In 2009, Yuri Chikatilo was arrested for attempted murder and thrown behind bars, too.

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