Andrei Chikatilo: The “Russian Ripper”

Andrei Chikatilo killed 14 young girls, 21 boys, and 18 women between 1978 and 1990. He came to be known as the “Russian Ripper” for the brutal nature of his crimes, in which he stalked, murdered, and cannibalized his victims.


Andrei Chikatilo, known as the Russian Ripper and Butcher of Rostov, stalked and killed over 50 children. Within a month of his arrest and conviction, Chikatilo was executed by Russian security.

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Born in the Ukraine in 1936, Chikatilo was known as a modest, intelligent man who enjoyed playing chess. His education from Rostov University included degrees in Russian language and literature, engineering, and Marxist-Leninism. During his career as a killer, Chikatilo was married, with two children, a boy and a girl about the same ages ...

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