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Andrei Chikatilo
Name Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo
Alias The Rostov Ripper
The Red Ripper
The Butcher of Rostov
The Forest Strip Killer
The Mad Beast
The Mistake of Nature
Killer X
Gender Male
Birth Date October 16, 1936
Place of Birth Yablochnoye, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine)
Date of Death February 14, 1994
Place of Death Novocherkassk, Russia
Job Telephone engineer
School teacher
Supply clerk
Pathology Serial Killer
Cannibal (occasional)
Modus Operandi Stabbing
Torture (males)
Type Missionary/Disorganized
No. of Victims 53-56
Status Deceased (executed)

"I am a mistake of nature, a mad beast..."

Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo, a.k.a. "The Rostov Ripper", was a Russian cannibalistic, pedophilic serial killer responsible for over four dozen murders that occurred between 1978 to 1990.


Chikatilo was born in the Ukrainian part of the USSR during Stalin's regime. Due to the agricultural plans, starvation was rampant and stories about cannibalism circulated. At one point, Chikatilo was told by his mother, Anna, that his older brother, Stepan, was kidnapped, killed and cannibalized by starved neighbors, though the story has never been verified, nor has the claim that Chikatilo even had a brother. Both his parents were farm laborers who shared a single room hut with him, forcing him to also share a bed with them. A frequent bed wetter, Chikatilo was often beaten by his mother as punishment. It was discovered later in life that he had been born with a brain damage that affected his ability to control seminal and bladder emissions. When the war began, Chikatilo's father, Roman, was drafted into the Red Army and the rest of the family was left in the crossfire of the German Blitz. In 1943, Anna Chikatilo gave birth to a baby girl. Given the timeline of her husband's departure, the child was apparently conceived outside of marriage (some theorize that she was raped by a German soldier in front of Chikatilo). When the war ended, Roman Chikatilo was placed in a Russian prison camp for having surrendered in combat and Andrei forced to publicly denounce his father as a coward.

Chikatilo, wife and son

Chikatilo with his wife and son.

Chikatilo's social awkwardness and self-hatred became worse during his adolescence years, when he turned out to suffer from chronic impotence. His condition affected his romantic life and ruined his first attempt at a relationship when he was 23. Awkward and withdrawn, he was generally a good student, though he failed his entrance exam to the Moscow State University. After finishing his compulsory military service, he became a telephone engineer in 1960. In 1963, he married a woman to whom he was introduced by his sister. Though they had a minimal sex life, they conceived a son and a daughter together. In 1971, Chikatilo earned a degree in Russian literature through a correspondence course and got a teaching position at a local school. Though he was often accused of child molestation, he managed to hold onto the job for almost ten years. In 1978, he accepted a new position in Shakty and moved there. While he lived alone there, waiting for his family to arrive, he began having pedophilic fantasies and would spy on children from a hut by the street. On December 21 the same year, he committed his first known murder, abducting nine-year-old Yelena Zabotnova and stabbing her to death in the woods, ejaculating in the process. He had intended to rape her, but couldn’t achieve an erection due to his impotence.

Killings, Capture and ExecutionEdit

Chikatilo trial

Entering the iron cage during his trial.

Over the following 12 years, Chikatilo committed over 50 known murders. Because reports of crimes like serial murder and rape were greatly suppressed by Soviet authorities in the state-controlled media, stories began taking a life of their own; among the rumors that circulated was that the victims were killed and mutilated by a werewolf. The murders weren’t publicized until August 1984, by which time Chikatilo had killed at least 30 people. He was suspected of killing Yelena Zabotnova and had been seen with her, but because another man confessed to the murder under torture and was consequently executed, Chikatilo was able to continue killing. In September 1984, he was arrested after soliciting a prostitute, having been seen approaching a number of women at the Rostov bus station. His briefcase was searched and found to contain a kitchen knife, a towel, a rope and a jar of petroleum jelly. Unfortunately, his blood type did not come back a match to the semen found on the bodies, forcing the investigators to release him. This has never been fully explained and is sometimes believed to have been the result of a clerical error. Other sources claim that it was because he was a non-secretor, which meant his blood type wouldn't be determinable from his semen. Weeks after his arrest, he was expelled from the Communist party after being convicted of stealing from his workplace and sentenced to three months in jail.

In November 1990, Chikatilo was stopped and questioned when coming out of the area in which his final victim, Svetlana Korostik, was found. On November 14, the day after the remains were discovered, he was formally arrested and interrogated. Over the following two weeks, he confessed to a total of 56 murders, of which the investigators had only attributed 36 to him. The case went to trial on April 14, 1992. Chikatilo had to be placed inside an iron cage when on the stand to protect him from the family members of his victims. His behavior during the proceedings was bizarre, to say the least; twice he pulled down his pants, exposed himself and shouted that he was not a homosexual, he claimed to be pregnant and lactating at some points and alternated between boredom and anger. He also denied being guilty of several murders to which he had already confessed while confessing to unknown ones. When the prosecutor was about to deliver the final argument, Chikatilo broke into song and had to be removed from the courtroom. When he was brought in and offered a moment to speak, he said nothing. Though the defense tried to claim he was insane, a group of court-appointed psychiatrists disagreed. On October 14, 1992, Chikatilo was found guilty of 52 murders; 21 males and 31 females. On February 14, 1994, he was executed with a single shot to the head, his last words apparently being "Don't blow my brains out! The Japanese want to buy them!"

Modus OperandiEdit

"What I did was not for sexual pleasure. Rather, it brought me some peace of mind."

Chikatilo's victims, most of which were female or runaways, varied in age. He would usually approach them at train and bus stations using some simple ruse, such as promising them money, drugs or alcohol, lure them to a nearby forest and kill them by stabbing them in order to gain sexual release. He often mutilated them, such as gouging their eyes out because he believed they contained a snapshot of the last thing they saw (he stopped doing this after he learned that it wasn't true) and cutting out tongues and genitals. When he tortured his male victims, he often fantasized that they were his prisoners and that his actions made him a hero. On one occasion, he actually bit a nipple off of a young female victim and swallowed it, causing him to ejaculate. Sometimes he stuffed his victims' mouths to muffle their screams.

Known VictimsEdit

Chikatilo victims

Several of his victims.

  • December 22, 1978: Lena Zakotnova, 9 (intended to rape, but stabbed her instead when he couldn’t get an erection)
  • September 3, 1981: Larisa Tkachenko, 17 (strangled; her mouth was filled with dirt to muffle her, her genitals were removed and one of her nipples was bitten off and swallowed)
  • 1982:
    • June 12: Lyubov Tiryuk, 13 (was stabbed repeatedly and the eyes removed)
    • June 25: Lyubov Volobuyeva, 14
    • August 13: Oleg Polzhidayev, 9 (the body was never found)
    • August 16: Olga Kuprina, 16
    • September 8: Irina Karabelnikova, 19
    • September 15: Sergey Kuzmin, 15
    • December 11: Olga Stalmachenok, 10
  • 1983:
    • After June 18: Laura Sarkisyan, 15 (her body was never found)
    • July:
      • Irina Dunenkova, 13 (found on August 8, 1983)
      • Lyudmila Kushuba, 24 (found on March 12, 1984)
    • August 9: Igor Gudkov, 7
    • c. September 19: Valentina Chuchulina, 22 (found on November 27)
    • Around summer: Unknown woman, 18-25
    • October 27: Vera Shevkun, 19
    • December 27: Sergey Markov, 14
  • 1984:
    • January 9: Natalya Shalapinina, 17 (stabbed repeatedly; her nose, upper lip, and a finger on her left hand were cut off)
    • February 21: Marta Ryabenko, 45
    • March 24: Dmitriy Ptashnikov, 10 (stabbed 54 times)
    • May 25:
      • Tatyana Petrosyan, 32 (killed with a knife and a hammer)
      • Svetlana Petrosyan, 11 (incidental; Tatyana's daughter; killed with a knife and a hammer when she saw Chikatilo kill her mother; was decapitated post-mortem)
    • June 22: Yelena Bakulina, 22
    • July 19: Anna Lemesheva, 19
    • July: Svetlana Tsana, 20
    • August 2: Natalya Golasovskaya, 16
    • August 7: Lyudmila Alekseyeva, 17 (slashed 39 times)
    • August 8-11: Unknown woman, 20-25
    • August 13: Akmaral Seydaliyeva, 12
    • August 28: Alexander Chepel, 11
    • September 6: Irina Luchinskaya, 24
  • 1985:
    • July 31: Natalya Pokhlistova, 18 (stabbed 38 times and strangled)
    • August 27: Irina Gulyayeva, 18
  • 1987:
    • May 16: Oleg Makarenkov, 13
    • July 29: Ilan Bilovetskiy, 12 (stomach was ripped open and his mouth stuffed with mud to muffle him)
    • September 15: Yuri Tereshonok, 16
  • 1988:
    • April 1-4: An unidentified woman, 18-25
    • May 15: Alexey Voronko, 9 (sodomized, castrated, and stuffed his orifices with dirt)
    • July 14: Yevgeniy Muratov, 15
  • 1989:
    • March 8: Tatyana Ryzhova, 16 (stabbed in the mouth and dismembered)
    • May 11: Alexander Dyakonov, 8
    • June 20: Alexey Moiseyev, 10
    • August 19: Helena Varga, 19
    • August 28: Alexey Khobotov, 10 (bit off his tongue, cut off his genitals, and buried him alive)
  • 1990:
    • January 14: Andrei Kravchenko, 11 (stabbed to death and castrated post-mortem)
    • March 7: Yaroslav Makarov, 10
    • April 4: Lyubov Zuyeva, 31
    • July 28: Viktor Petrov, 13
    • August 14: Ivan Fomin, 11 (stabbed 42 times)
    • October 17: Vadim Grovov, 16
    • October 30: Viktor Tishchenko, 16 (stabbed)
    • November 6: Svetlana Korostik, 22 (pieces of her were cut off and eaten)
  • Notes: Chikatilo also confessed to four additional murders. He was also accused of child molestation several times when he was a schoolteacher.

On Criminal MindsEdit

Chikatilo was first mentioned in Machismo when his case was compared to that of the case at hand. In both cases, the killer stabbed his victims in order to gain a sexual release (in Chikatilo's case, it was just when he attacked his female victims) and was able to carry on killing in part because the media and/or authorities refused to admit that there was a serial killer on the loose. His habit of pretending that the male victims he tortured and mutilated were his prisoners was mentioned by Reid in Jones, who believed the unsub, who also eviscerated her victims, was similar to Chikailo. He was also mentioned in Compromising Positions as an example of serial killers who were piquerists, i.e. they derived sexual pleasure from the act of stabbing. In the book Killer Profile, Reid brings up Chikatilo and BTK as examples of serial killers who were viewed as perfectly mundane family men by almost everyone they knew up until their arrest.

In Profiling 101, while discussing about an unsub who cut out the reproductive organs of his victims and may have done so because of some fetish, Reid mentions an example concerning Chikatilo, mentioning that he consumed the uterus of one of his victims. Chikatilo also appears to have been the inspiration for Mark Jackson as both had parental figures who abused them (Chikatilo was abused by his mother, Mark by his stepfather) and had a similar M.O. of targeting women, cutting their tongues out, and stabbing them.


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