Russian investigators claim to have arrested the man responsible for more than 25 murders attributed to an author known for years only as the “Volga maniac”.
The Russian Investigative Committee said the suspect, a 38-year-old man named Radik Tagirov, confessed to a series of 26 murders of elderly women who terrorized central Russia between 2011 and 2012. He was identified with the using DNA evidence, shoe prints, and other crime scene evidence, investigators said.
Tagirov had made his way into the apartments of elderly women living alone pretending to be an electrician, plumber or utility worker.
Once inside, he would overpower the women and strangle his victims using his hands or nearby objects, including an apron and clothesline. The vast majority of his victims were over 70 years old.
He often stole from his victims, but in some cases he left valuables intact. He wore gloves and had sterilized crime scenes before leaving to outsmart investigators.
The killings, most of which took place between 2011 and 2012, were recorded in a number of Russian cities, including Kazan, Samara, Tolyatti, Izhevsk, Ufa and others. Other murders have been suspected to have taken place in the Urals, although the exact number of its victims has never been established.
The serial killer appears to have calmed down after 2013, but a spate of murders in the region in 2017 has rekindled public fears.
Police offered a reward of £ 30,000 in 2019 for the information leading to his arrest.