Mikhail Popkov was an ordinary policeman and family man. His wife and daughter considered him as a ‘good husband and father.’ But they got the shock of their lives when they found out about his double life.
It wasn’t easy for his family to accept the truth because he was the ideal husband and father. For almost two decades, he lived a double life without anyone knowing his dark secret. How was he caught? Read on to find out.
10. The Werewolf
A savage rapist nicknamed “The Werewolf” is now being labeled as Russia’s worst-ever serial killer after he admitted to murdering 82 women. Mikhail Popkov is a simple family man and a police officer who says he performed well in his job as a police officer.
Russian state investigators confirmed that former cop Mikhail Popkov, who had already been found guilty of 22 murders, has admitted to being behind another 60. The numbers surpassed his idol Andrei Chikatilo, aka the Butcher of Rostov, who was convicted of 53 murders, as well as the more recent Moscow psychopath Alexander Pichushkin, aka the Chessboard Killer, who killed 49. It also made him the third worst known serial killer in human history.
9. “Clean Up”
Mikhail Popkov has already confessed to all the killings, reasoning he wanted to “clean up” his Siberian city Angarsk of “prostitutes” and “immoral women”. The Werewolf is believed to have raped almost all his victims before butchering them with knives, axes or screwdrivers.
The murder cases dated from 1992, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to 2010. His newly confirmed victims were aged 17 to 38, according to law enforcement sources.
He shared, “I had a family. My wife and daughter considered me a good husband and father, which corresponded to reality. I was in the service, in the police, having positive feedback on my work. I never thought of myself as mentally unhealthy. During my police service, I regularly passed medical commissions and was recognized as fit.”
Unfortunately, in a testimony leaked to Komsomolskaya Pravda, Popkov also said: “I had a double life. In one life I was an ordinary person … In my other life, I committed murders, which I carefully concealed from everyone, realizing that this was a criminal offense. My wife and daughter never knew about the crimes I committed and did not even suspect this”
7. Choosing The Victims
He coldly shared how he cruelly chose women to kill during his 18-year reign of terror in Irkutsk region between 1992 and 2010.
He said, “The victims were those who, unaccompanied by men, at night, without a certain purpose, were on the streets, behaving carelessly, who were not afraid to enter into conversation with me, get into my car, and then go for a drive in search of adventures, for the sake of entertainment, ready to drink alcohol and have sexual intercourse with me.”