He used his police car, offering lifts to some victims, then taking them to remote areas to rape and murder them. Investigators never believed a policeman could be responsible for such crimes.
“Not all women became victims, but those of a certain negative behavior, I had a desire to teach and punish,” he said of his decision who would live and die.
“Others did not behave in such a way, they were afraid,’ he said. “The exception was the murder of (victim) Elena Dorogova, who was hurrying to the [railway] station to meet her mother. On this occasion, the woman was sober.”
5. Confiscated Weapons
“I had the opportunity then to take them,’ he said. ‘Then I threw them away either at the crime scene or nearby, wiping them with something to remove my fingerprints. The choice of weapons for the killing was always casual. I never prepared beforehand to commit a murder, I could use any object that was in the car – a knife, an ax, a bat. I never used rope for strangulation, and I did not have a firearm either. I did not cut out the hearts of the victims.”
4. Daughter’s Teacher
On one occasion he murdered a teacher at his daughter Katya’s music school, he said.
“Her corpse was found in the forest along with the body of another woman,” he said. “My daughter asked me to give her money because the school was collecting to organize funerals. I gave [it to] her.”
Once he went back to the crime scene after leaving two women for dead because he realized he had lost a police identity token at the site, which would identify him as the serial killer. “I found the token right away but saw that one of the women was still breathing I was again shocked by the fact that she was still alive. I finished her with a shovel,” he said.
3. Elena Popkov
His wife Elena and daughter Katya (Ekaterina) have started new lives in different cities after initially refusing to believe he was guilty, reported The Siberian Times.
Mikhail and Elena have been together for a long time. She never in her whole life imagined that his husband is a serial killer. After being caught and convicted, Elena decided to live in a different city and start over. So does their daughter.
2. Shocked Daughter
Mikhail Popkov’s daughter Katya (Ekaterina) Popkov, a teacher and expecting a child, told how she found it impossible to believe that her ‘loving’ father could be the man who violently raped his victims before butchering them.
She told reporters, “I do not believe any of this. I always felt as ‘Daddy’s girl’. For 25 years we were together, hand in hand. We walked, rode bikes, went to the shops, and he met me at school. We both collect model cars, so we have the same hobby. I wanted to be a criminologist, so I read a book with tips of how investigators catch serial killers and there were also basic classifications [about murderers]. Daddy doesn’t fit any of these classifications – he doesn’t look like some maniac.”
She has not seen him since he was convicted of 22 murders in 2015, but she now said she wants to “look into his eyes and understand if he really could be that killer”.