5. Mikhail Popkov
Russian serial killer Mikhail “The Werewolf” Popkov terrorized Siberia between 1992 and 2010. A court heard testimony about the brutality of his murder spree and how he attacked the victims with axes and knives. He also beheaded one victim. Popkov wished to “cleanse” the streets of prostitutes, although many of his victims were not sex workers.
The two people who stood by him throughout the trial were his wife, Elena, and daughter, Ekaterina. In an interview following his sentencing, Elena said:
We have been married for 28 years. If I suspected something wrong, of course, I would divorce with him. I support him, I believe him. If he were to be released right now, I would not say a word and we would continue to live together. I love him, I support him. He did not cause me any harm for all these years. I felt safe with him.
Ekaterina added that she still feels like her “Daddy’s girl.” Both women dismissed the allegations against Mikhail Popkov as mere “fairy tales.” Convicted of 22 murders, Popkov later confessed to 59 additional homicides three years later.