Mikhail Popkov is a name that would send shiver down the spine of every woman. Nicknamed ‘The Werewolf’ has apparently killed 200 ladies. What’s more shocking is that this 55-year-old man was once a policeman.
He was convicted of killing 78 women over the course of two trials, and received the second of two life sentences in December 2018. He went on his killing spree between 1992 and 2010. Most of his victims were raped by him before being killed. The women were aged between 15 and 50. He used axes, hammers, knives, spades and screwdrivers.
He lost his appeal in the Russian Supreme Court recently. During his latest plea, he had added another 20 to 30 women to the tally. However, one of the leading state investigators on his case, Lieutenant Colonel Evgeny Karchevsky claimed that the actual death toll could be 122 more than the official count.
Lt Col Karchevsky said: “I am more than sure that Popkov committed 100-plus crimes, if not closer to 200.
“It was impossible for him to stop halfway.”
In a TV interview, Popkov grinned as he taunted the detective by pretending that he was going to reveal the total number of women – all of his victims were female – that he killed.
Popkov started: “When I stand before the Lord, then my score, the total number, will be…”
He then said that he’d reveal the actual death toll later.
Karchevsky also said that he highly doubts claims that Popkov confessed to murders he did not commit in order to swell his macabre total.
The policeman continued: “I am 110 percent sure that all the crimes that we were able to prove were committed by Mikhail.”
The murderer himself said that by the time he was caught he had stopped killing. He told Aist TV in his native Siberia: “I wanted to be a normal person,
“I was aiming for this. I had stopped myself [killing] and I aimed for this.”
He often picked his targets in his police car before attacking them. One of only two survivors opened up about the horrifying experience. She said that she was raped and had her head smashed against a tree and left for dead.
After one of his trials, the state prosecutor said: “He clearly loved killing. Some victims had 145, or even 170 knife wounds. He said that he felt satisfied when he felt their pain as they were stabbed.”
Popkov confessed: “I had a double-life. In one life I was an ordinary person, I was in the service in the police, having positive feedback on my work.
“I had a family. My wife and daughter considered me a good husband and father, which corresponded to reality.
“In my other life I committed murders, which I carefully concealed from everyone, realising that this was a criminal offence.
“My wife and daughter never knew about the crimes I committed and did not even suspect this.”