Russia nabs ex-cop over 23 deaths

2012-06-29 22:38

Moscow - A former policeman suspected of raping and murdering 23 women in eastern Siberia in the 1990s has been detained after years of searches and hundreds of tests, say Russian authorities.

The man from Angarsk, a small industrial town in eastern Siberia, is believed to be behind the serial killings that occurred between 1994 and 1999, investigators said.

All the victims disappeared in similar circumstances and their bodies were later found in the woods just outside the city, in a local cemetery or on the roadside, said Moscow-based investigators said on Friday.

"Most of the women were naked and their bodies bore signs of being raped," the investigators said in a statement, adding that some of the victims had also been robbed of money and jewellery.

During a decade-long manhunt, the authorities conducted DNA tests on 3 500 people and questioned more than 1 000.

The man was in the police force at the time of most of the killings but retired in 1998.

Tests so far have found that his DNA matches biological material discovered on the bodies of three of the women, investigators said.

The man, who has not been identified, was detained in the far eastern city of Vladivostok and taken back to Siberia and investigations are continuing.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-06-30 09:05

    another movie on the way...I must still watch Stander Gang

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