033 – Away Game: Andrei Chikatilo – Rostov Ripper – Part 1

Episode 033: Andrei Chikatilo was one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. From 1978 to 1990 with the cold war at its height Chikatilo stalked and butchered at least 56 victims in the the USSR. His victims were children, both male and female, as young as 7-years-old, teenagers and women as old as 44. Part 1 of our first away game series takes us through the killer’s formative years through 1984 when her murdered a staggering 15 people in a single year. Bonus: Hear Mike mispronounce the names of many Russian people and places.

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Writer / Creator, Researcher, Editor & Host: Mike Browne (@mikebrowne)
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Sources:
HBO Citizen X (Donald Sutherland)
https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/andre-chikatilo-the-rostov-ripper 26 Mezhevoy Lane, site of the murder of Yelena Zakotnova
Robert Cullen’s 1993 book The Killer Department: Detective Viktor Burakov’s Eight-Year Hunt for the Most Savage Serial Killer in Russian History
Peter Conradi’s 2016 book The Red Ripper: Inside the Mind of Russia’s Most Brutal Serial Killer