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20021203: Russian "Dr. Death" killed 17+ Moscow Serial Killer News
A St Petersburg doctor who allegedly anaesthetised 50 elderly female patients in order to steal their family heirlooms is on trial for murdering 17 of them when they awoke prematurely to hear him rifling through their possessions.

Maxim Petrov, who is in his 30s and is an emergency doctor based on the central Vasilievski Island, is accused of a two-year reign of terror during which he preyed on frail pensioners while off-duty.

Survivors have portrayed a twisted killer who in early 2000 decided to start killing his victims, often using a range of brutal means.

Anastasia Plotnikova,said: "I remember a call at my flat at about 2pm. The young man presented himself as a doctor from the local clinic. The doctor took my blood pressure, which appeared to be high, and offered an injection. He spent a lot of time trying to find the vein, and I thought: 'how can a doctor have problems with such a thing?'

"When I woke, there was fire around me. I cried for help on the balcony. The fire service came but the flat was badly burned."

Ms Plotnikova later discovered that gold earrings, wedding rings and two packets of tea had been stolen.

Tomorrow his trial will continue in St Petersburg.

"Five victims have spoken [in court]", Valentina Kudriashovo, the judge for the trial, said. "They are all very old people. This will not be a quick process. He is accused of a series of robberies and killings."

Dr Petrov, who was arrested in late 2000, has become ubiquitous in the Russian media, which has dubbed him Doctor Killer and Doctor Death.

He has fiercely denied the allegations and recently wrote a protest letter to the television channel NTV from his jail cell complaining that a series of documentaries about the deaths were "libellous". The media has claimed that Dr Petrov loves his fame.

Another survivor, Valentina Pleshikova, told local media that she was only saved because her husband returned home early from work.

She claimed she was injected with a substance by Dr Petrov and fell asleep. When she awoke, she discovered the gas oven had been turned on, and all the windows shut.

Her husband dragged her from the flat to safety. They later discovered that a set of silver forks, and 200 roubles (5) were missing, plus some coffee.

When police began to suspect a serial killer was at work, they discovered that the victims may have been selected using a detailed list of elderly lung patients. They tracked down 72 possible future victims and arrested Dr Petrov as he called on one of them.

 

20050513: Serial killer begins life sentence for murdering 13 women Riga Serial Killer News
The most prolific serial killer in modern Latvian history was sentenced to life in prison yesterday after being convicted of murdering 13 elderly women.Kaspars Petrovs, 27, was also convicted of robbery and inflicting serious bodily injury. Petrovs had been charged with robbing and strangling 38 women between 2000 and 2003.However, the Riga Regional Court said murder could only be proved in 13 of the cases. During the trial, Petrovs admitted robbing the women but said he strangled them only so they would lose consciousness. Investigators said Petrovs, who had been homeless in Riga for three years, followed his victims home and entered their apartments by force or by posing as a worker with the country's state-owned natural gas company. Once inside, they said, Petrovs would kill his victims and rob them. Petrovs apologised to victims' families in court yesterday and asked for their forgiveness. "I can not return the victims to life by words, but I wish they were still alive, that nothing had happened and I wasn't here," he was quoted as saying.
 

20050503: Serial killer suspect blames childhood for attacks on 30 women Riga Serial Killer News
A LATVIAN man accused of murdering 30 elderly women has said his upbringing was partly to blame for the four-year killing spree.
Kaspars Petrovs, 27, is on trial in Riga Regional Court for robbing and strangling the women and attempting to murder eight others between 2000 and 2003.
He has admitted robbing the women but said he strangled them only so they would lose consciousness.
"All my life I have felt that I am different," Petrovs told the court. "I missed attention and tried to compensate for it with my pranks and mischief.
"However, (my) family considered my problems to be minor, so I sought consolation in books and created my own world of fantasy, until I could no longer discern fantasy from reality," he said.
If convicted, Petrovs would become the most prolific serial killer in Latvia's history. A verdict is expected on May 10.
Investigators said Petrovs, who had been homeless in Riga for three years, followed his victims home and entered their apartments by force or by posing as a gas worker.
Petrovs was held in February 2003 on suspicion of killing five women. He later confessed to another 25 killings.
"I understood that I would not be able to earn as much as my family demanded from me. Therefore I turned to crime," he said. "Of course, I did not enjoy doing all this it was disgusting but I got carried away and could not stop. I wanted only to rob them, not to kill them."
He said his victims were still alive, talking and breathing, when he left their apartments. He is also alleged to have stolen 18,000 worth of goods. AP
A LATVIAN man accused of murdering 30 elderly women has said his upbringing was partly to blame for the four-year killing spree.
Kaspars Petrovs, 27, is on trial in Riga Regional Court for robbing and strangling the women and attempting to murder eight others between 2000 and 2003.
He has admitted robbing the women but said he strangled them only so they would lose consciousness.
"All my life I have felt that I am different," Petrovs told the court. "I missed attention and tried to compensate for it with my pranks and mischief.
"However, (my) family considered my problems to be minor, so I sought consolation in books and created my own world of fantasy, until I could no longer discern fantasy from reality," he said.
If convicted, Petrovs would become the most prolific serial killer in Latvia's history. A verdict is expected on May 10.
Investigators said Petrovs, who had been homeless in Riga for three years, followed his victims home and entered their apartments by force or by posing as a gas worker.
Petrovs was held in February 2003 on suspicion of killing five women. He later confessed to another 25 killings.
"I understood that I would not be able to earn as much as my family demanded from me. Therefore I turned to crime," he said. "Of course, I did not enjoy doing all this it was disgusting but I got carried away and could not stop. I wanted only to rob them, not to kill them."
He said his victims were still alive, talking and breathing, when he left their apartments. He is also alleged to have stolen 18,000 worth of goods. AP
A LATVIAN man accused of murdering 30 elderly women has said his upbringing was partly to blame for the four-year killing spree.
Kaspars Petrovs, 27, is on trial in Riga Regional Court for robbing and strangling the women and attempting to murder eight others between 2000 and 2003.
He has admitted robbing the women but said he strangled them only so they would lose consciousness.
"All my life I have felt that I am different," Petrovs told the court. "I missed attention and tried to compensate for it with my pranks and mischief.
"However, (my) family considered my problems to be minor, so I sought consolation in books and created my own world of fantasy, until I could no longer discern fantasy from reality," he said.
If convicted, Petrovs would become the most prolific serial killer in Latvia's history. A verdict is expected on May 10.
Investigators said Petrovs, who had been homeless in Riga for three years, followed his victims home and entered their apartments by force or by posing as a gas worker.
Petrovs was held in February 2003 on suspicion of killing five women. He later confessed to another 25 killings.
"I understood that I would not be able to earn as much as my family demanded from me. Therefore I turned to crime," he said. "Of course, I did not enjoy doing all this it was disgusting but I got carried away and could not stop. I wanted only to rob them, not to kill them."
He said his victims were still alive, talking and breathing, when he left their apartments. He is also alleged to have stolen 18,000 worth of goods.
 

20050225: Serial killer tells all Riga Serial Killer News
A court in Riga continued hearing evidence Friday from suspected Latvian murderer Kaspars Petrovs, whose trial on charges of killing 38 elderly women resumed this week.

Petrovs, the 28-year-old son of a respected medical doctor, described in graphic detail how he had killed one of his victims, and told the court that, on some days, he was able to assault two elderly women in a couple of hours.

"I came in to the stairway and walked up to the third floor, where I knocked on the middle door," he told the court. He explained he had learned in his four-month killing spree, which lasted from October 2002 to January 2003, that single, elderly women often lived in the smaller, middle apartment in Latvian housing blocks.

"An old woman opened it. I presented myself as a gas company official and went into the kitchen.

"I washed my hands, took the towel and went into the other room, where the woman was, and strangled the woman with the towel. Then I put her on the sofa, checked the closet and found the money: approximately 60 lats," Petrovs said, recalling his crime in minute detail.

"I looked at the woman and saw the blood running from her nose. I went back to the kitchen, took the other two towels and cleaned the blood. I put those towels in the bag, closed the room and threw away the bag with the towels and a key.

"Afterwards I felt terrible and started to vomit," he said.

"But then I went to the next stairway and knocked again on the middle door."

That door, too, was opened by an elderly woman, but she was one of eight who survived Petrovs's frenzied attack.

Petrovs said his second intended victim of the day began to scream when he tried to strangle her, so he "chickened out and ran away".

Petrovs, 28, was arrested on February 3, 2003 and initially charged with the murders of five women in Riga, all pensioners and all strangled to death in the space of four months.

His case went before Riga regional court last year, with an original indictment listing 30 killings, increased to 38 in November.

Court psychiatrists have deemed him sane and able to stand trial.

Petrovs has confessed to all the killings, and fully cooperated with the court investigators, his lawyer Antons Drebnieks said.

His trial began on February 9, but had to start over this week after a court assessor fell ill.

Next week, the court will hear evidence from some of the women who survived Petrovs's attacks, apparently carried out with a view to robbing the victims.

 

20050209: Serial killer Kaspars Petrovs on trial in Latvia Riga Serial Killer News
Kaspars Petrovs - a most odious serial killer ever known in Latvia, has been put on trial at the Riga district court on Wednesday.

The 29- year-old killer has confessed to the murder of 38 women of retirement age. Criminal charges against the killer were brought on 30 cases investigated, while the actual number of his victims is unknown.

All the women were killed for purposes of gain. The killer got acquainted with his future victims, pretending it was a casual encounter, and shadowed his victims home to find out where they lived if the women he met looked well-to-do.

 


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