The Chessboard Killer

August 17th, 2007 | researchmaterial

This is fucking fascinating. Would anyone have bought this if they’d found it in a crime novel or a film?

A serial killer charted his crimes on a chessboard, attaching a number and a coin to each square every time he struck. By the time he was caught, Alexander Pichushkin had filled in 62 of the 64 squares.

Most of the victims were men whom 33-year-old Pichushkin lured to Bittsa Park in south- west Moscow with the promise of a drink. More than 40 died after he threw them into a sewage pit when they were too drunk to resist. The rest he killed with a hammer.

In a televised interview, Pichushkin calmly bragged about his passion for killing.

“For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you,” he said. “I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.”

(Thanks, Ruby)


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