Russia detains suspected “Volga maniac” serial killer

Reports suggest that the total number of his victims could be up to 32, what made him one of the most prolific serial killers in modern Russia.In a video released by the police online, a handcuffed Tagirov could be seen admitting he committed murders but he didn’t specify how many. 

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When asked by the police why all his victims were elderly women and why he decided to kill them instead of just robbing them, he said he couldn’t explain that.”All that happened spontaneously. One managed to survive, but she was blind and could not describe the attacker. Within months that year several more women were found in the same city. He said he couldn’t recall when exactly it took place.Tagirov said that he chose to strangle the women as he thought it was “quiet, fast” and “painless for them.”  The suspect reportedly committed his first murder back in 2011 in Kazan. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Once inside, the suspect strangled the women with hands or nearby objects, and he often took some valuables and money from their homes. Volga Police Video

The serial killer was dubbed in the press as the “Volga maniac” because many of his alleged crimes were committed in several regions lying along the Volga River, Europe’s longest river. Tagirov had previously been convicted in 2009 for theft. In 2017, federal investigators tripled the original reward from 1 million to 3 million rubles (about $40,000) for information that would help identify the killer. Russia detains suspected serial killer dubbed the “Volga maniac”

By Alexandra Odynova

December 1, 2020 / 11:55 AM
/ CBS News

Moscow – Russian authorities said Tuesday they have detained a long-wanted serial killer, known as the “Volga maniac,” suspected of murdering at least 26 elderly women between 2011 and 2012. Investigators said that the suspect posed as a social services or utilities worker to enter the apartments. Police video shows the alleged serial killer Radik Tagirov in Volga, Russia. First published on December 1, 2020 / 11:55 AM Investigators said in a statement that the suspect was identified using DNA evidence and shoe prints obtained from the crime scenes.Earlier local media reports indicate that most of his victims were elderly women, between 75 and 90 years old, who lived alone. I lived partly on the street,” he said when answering what motivated him to commit the first murder. The killings took place in at least 12 different cities. I wanted to eat. The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Radik Tagirov, was arrested by law enforcement operatives in the city of Kazan in southwestern Russia early Tuesday as part of a criminal investigation into the murders that authorities have attributed to a single person.