Born: Tue April 9, 1974
Born in: Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast, Russia
AKA(s): The Bitsa Park Maniac, The Chessboard Killer
Birth Name: Alexander Yuryevich "Sasha" Pichushkin
Alexander Yuryevich "Sasha" Pichushkin (Russian, born 9 April 1974 in Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast), also known as The Chessboard Killer and The Bitsa Park Maniac, is a Russian serial killer known to have murdered at least 48 people. He is believed to have killed up to 61–63 people in southwest Moscow’s Bitsa Park, where several of the victims’ bodies were found.
In 1992, Alexander Pichushkin committed his first murder as a student and escalated his crimes in 2001. Russian media believe that Pichushkin may have been motivated by a twisted competition with Russia’s most notorious serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of killing 52 children and young women in a
Alexander Pichushkin primarily targeted elderly homeless men by luring them with vodka. After drinking with them, he would kill them by hitting them on the head with a hammer. He then stuck vodka bottles in their skulls to ensure that they did not survive the ordeal. He also targeted women, both young and old. He would always attack from behind to avoid spilling blood on his clothes. He claimed that while killing people he felt like God as he decided whether his victims should live or die, in which they would die. "For me, life without killing is like life without food for you" he once said. "I felt like the father of all these
According to the documentary, "Serial Killers", Pichushkin, once apprehended, led police officers to the scenes of many of his crimes in Bitsa Park. He demonstrated a keen recollection of how the murders were committed, often acting them out in great detail, which has been committed to film. He also revealed that a number of the murders he committed were not done in his preferred method (hammer blows to the back of the head), but by throwing his victims down into the sewers underneath Bitsa Park (although one of his victims did survive the ordeal).
His last victim was the murder of Marina Moskalyova, 36, in the summer of 2006. A metro ticket was found in her possession at the time her body was found. Authorities used this in order to view the last footage of her alive from surveillance tapes of the Moscow metro system. She was walking on the platform accompanied by Pichushkin thus linking him to the crime.
On June 15,
Famous Killers: Alexander Pichushkin
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