Russian investigators have claimed that the man was convicted of murder for more than 25 years, for years only for a criminal known as the “Volga lunatic”.
Russia’s Investigative Committee says the suspect, Rodik Tagirov, a 36-year-old man, has confessed to killing 26 elderly women in central Russia between 2011 and 2012. He was identified using DNA evidence, shoe prints, and other evidence of the crime scene, investigators said.
Tagirov visits the apartments of elderly women living alone in the guise of an electrician, plumber or utility worker.
Once inside, he would dominate the women and suffocate his prey using his hands or nearby objects, including an apron and a line of cloth. Most of his victims are over 70 years old.
He often robbed his victims but in some cases did not leave valuables. He wore gloves and dropped the scene of a sterile crime before investigators failed.
Between 2011 and 2012, most of the killings were recorded in Kazan, Samara, Tolyatti, Izhevsk, Ufa and several other places in Russia. Other killings were suspected to have taken place in the Urals, although the exact number of his victims has never been established.
The serial killer seemed to have calmed down since 2013, but a homicide in the region in 2017 rekindled fears among the public.
In 2019, police offered a 30,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
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