Moscow Serial Killer Gets Life for 16 Murders
January 30, 2012
The Moscow City
Court has handed down a life sentence to 32-year-old Vladimir Mirgorod
for killing at least sixteen people in Moscow between 2002 and 2004,
the Prosecutor General’s Office said on Monday.
established that Mirgorod killed 16 people – of them 15 women and a
13-year-old teenager. He raped several of his victims before
suffocating them, prosecutors said.
“The crimes had
not been cleared up for a time long as the criminal was serving a
sentence for rape and robbery between 2005 and 2010,” the Prosecutor
General’s Office said.
spend the rest of his life in special regime prison.
Russian serial strangler jailed for life
January 30, 2012
A Russian court sentenced a man to life
imprisonment on Monday for sexually attacking and then strangling to
death 15 women and a teenager, the prosecutor's office said.
Vladimir Mirgorod, 32, was found guilty of carrying
out the series of murders after raping or sexually assaulting his
victims between 2002 and 2004 in Moscow and deserted areas around the
capital, the prosecutor's statement said.
"All the victims died from asphyxia at the scenes
of the crimes, strangled with a cord," it said.
The killer evaded arrest for several years because
he was serving a separate jail sentence.
"When Mirgorod was released in 2010, having served
his sentence for robbery and rape, investigators checked his
fingerprints and found that they were identical to those left at four
crime scenes," the statement said.
Further scientific analysis then gave investigators
enough evidence to charge him with the killings, it said.
Serial strangler sentenced to life
By Anastassia Berseneva - Gazeta.ru
January 30, 2012
On Monday, Moscow
city court sentenced 32 year old serial killer, Vladimir Mirgorod, to
life in prison. He was found guilty of killing 15 women and one
teenage boy in 2002 and 2003, when the killer was 24.
He strangled his
victims with a trouser belt, some of them he raped before killing.
The trial was
closed to the public. The defendant pleaded partial guilt. The court's
spokesman couldn't say anything about the murderer's motive but told
Gazeta.ru he was not married.
In Summer 2003,
there were frightening rumors of hideous murders in the north and
north-east of Moscow. Girls' bodies, tied up and strangled, were
found, some of them showing signs of rape. There were at least 10
victims, though several other women were able to escape the killer.
One of them told the investigator that she struggled for 20 minutes
and that karate lessons had helped. The rapist fled when a passersby
who heard the shouts approached. He was not interested in money: "I
offered him money, he said he had enough, he wouldn't rest until he
strangled her," the girl said.
The girls also
said the man had mad glassified eyes.
admitted that these murders were committed by the same person who they
couldn't catch. Officially, the Ministry of the Interior denied any
connection between the murders. Then, minister Boris Gryzlov told
journalists that Moscow militia didn't believe that a serial killer
stopped in 2004. Later, the investigation found out that the maniac
was arrested in 2004 for robbery and was in prison for 5.5 years.
It was only by
accident that investigators started to suspect Vladimir Mirgorod in
While the police department was digitizing their
archives. Using the electronic program, officers found out that
fingerprints of recently freed Mirgorod fit with the prints allegedly
belonging to the strangler. Mirgorod was again arrested and initially
he was charged with 7 murders but later found guilty of 16. He also
raped 8 victims and committed sexual assault against 7 more. it is
likely that the cases of sexual assault concerned those women who were
able escape the serial killer, but the City court doesn't specify how
many assaulted women are considered complainants.
As for the modus opperandi: the murderer chat up
his victims and they invited him to their homes. Later he started to
assault the women in parks and in the streets. One of the first crimes
was committed in January 2003. The body of a 25 year old girl was
found in the flat she was renting on Leningradskoye highway. A small
firm employee, who came to Moscow from Minsk, was tied up with a
slipknot around her neck. Girl's relatives told investigators some
valuables were missing from the flat.
In March of that year, the criminal raped a student
and then strangled her with her own scarf. A few days later, another
20 year old girl was killed in the same way. Then, A month later, a 34
year old woman from Novosibirsk was found dead in her rented flat on
Matros Zheleznyak street. Another assault was committed at the end of
June 2003. A 43 year old woman and her 16 year old son were killed:
first the mother, then the son, who came home and caught the murderer
red-handed. Mirgorod hanged the boy on a belt.
Then, in July,
the killer came out into the streets. The next victim, a 28 year old
woman from Moscow, was found in the Botanical gardens. The clothes on
the deceased were torn, she was tied up, gagged and strangled. The
first suspect was her friend, but these allegations were not
His last victim
was found on Yablochkova street. 28-year old Irina Gero worked in the
Moscow City Duma. She was strangled with a trouser belt.