Russian investigators say they have caught the man responsible for more than 25 murders attributed to a perpetrator known for years only as the “Volga maniac.”
Russia’s investigative committee says the suspect, a 38-year-old man named Radik Tagirov, has admitted to a series of 26 murders of elderly women who terrorized central Russia between 2011 and 2012. He has been identified with DNA evidence, shoe prints, and other evidence from crime scenes, investigators said.
Tagirov had broken into the apartments of elderly women living alone, posing as an electrician, plumber or utility worker.
Once inside, he would defeat the women and strangle his victims, using either his hands or nearby objects, including an apron and a clothesline. Most of its victims are over 70 years old.
He often robs his victims, but in some cases leaves valuables untouched. He wore gloves and sterilized crime scenes before going to frustrate investigators.
The killings, most of which took place between 201
The serial killer seems to have subsided since 2013, but the murder in the region in 2017 renewed public fears.
Police in 2019 offered a reward of £ 30,000 for information leading to his arrest.