Born: Fri October 16, 1936
Born in: Yablochnoye, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Country: Soviet Union
AKA(s): The Butcher of Rostov The Red Ripper The Forest Strip Killer The Rostov Ripper
Birth Name: Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo
The Soviet Hannibal Lecter. As a kid Andrei’s brother was taken by the villagers and eaten during times of famine. Or so he said. As an adult, while Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was living a double life as a married man, Communist Party member and a teacher, Andrei, enjoyed killing children with impunity.
Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo—a sexually impotent dirty old man from hell—lived in Rostov, 500 miles from Moscow, where he preyed mostly on children. He stalked most of his victims in train and bus stations, and had a penchant for disembowelment and mutilation. He was also a cannibal and a sadist. His macabre twelve year killing spree was finally uncovered in 1992. Chikatilo wasn’t exceptionally crafty hiding his crimes. Investigators were hindered by the fact that he was a Party member. Also, the investigation of his crimes was used to flush out many known homosexuals in a Soviet-style attempt at moral cleansing. Many blame the incompetence of the Soviet authorities and their refusal of the existence of a serial killer in their socialist society for his ten year reign.
Many years before his arrest, Andrei was brought in for questioning and let go when police found that his blood and semen did not match what was found in one victim. In rare cases—Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo being such a case—the blood and semen of a person does not match. Free once again, Andrei continued on his path of destruction with reckless abandon. Eventually he was arrested because of the persistence of two investigators involved in the first arrest who remembered his name after he was seen coming out of a forrest near a train station.
While he was on trial, gory descriptions accompanied by psychotic behavior and litany of horrors gave the Soviet public a wake up call to serial mayhem. "I am a mistake of nature, a mad beast," he said at his 1994 trial where people fainted when they heard how he boiled and ate the sawn-off testicles or nipples of his victims. On February 14, 1994, Andrei was executed by firing squad in prison. Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was later featured in the movie, "Citizen X" starring Donald Surtherland and Stephen Rhea.
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