The Chessboard Killer

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Alexander Yuryevich “Sasha” Pichushkin (born 9 April 1974 in Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast), also known as The Chessboard Killer and The Bitsa Park Maniac, is a Russian serial killer. He is believed to have killed at least 49 people and up to 61–63 people in southwest Moscow’s Bitsa Park, where several of the victims’ bodies were found.

Pichushkin committed his first murder as a student in 1992 and stepped up his crimes in 2001. Russian media have speculated that Pichushkin may have been motivated by a macabre competition with Russia’s most notorious serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of killing 52 children and young women in 12 years. Pichushkin has said his aim was to kill 64 people, the number of squares on a chessboard. He later recanted this statement, saying that he would have continued killing indefinitely if he had not been stopped.

Pichushkin primarily targeted elderly homeless men by luring them with vodka. After drinking with them, he would kill them, hitting them on the head with a hammer. He then stuck vodka bottles in their skulls to ensure that they did not survive. He also targeted younger men, children and women. He would always attack from behind to avoid spilling blood on his clothes. He claimed that while killing people he felt like God as he decided whether his victims should live or die. “For me, life without killing is like life without food for you,” he once said. “I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.” Experts at the Serbsky Institute, Russia’s main psychiatric clinic, have found Pichushkin irrecuperable.

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  • Anonymous

    Weird guy.  The doc iteslf is fairly entertaining but there are definitely better serial killer docs out there.  They never even really concluded what actually motivated the guy.  Tons of people want attention in the world but very few of them turn into serial killers.  Saying he just wanted attention doesn’t really answer anything, which is what they seem to conclude were his sole motivations.

    • Asdf

      I happen to agree with the investigators, since out of blue he suddenly started dropping the bodies in the park with the sole purpose of somebody finding them. He also looked pretty proud of himslef when re-enacting the crimes. As sad as it sounds majority of serial killers kill for the thrill or attention, there is no ‘real motive’ (alber fish, ted bundy, etc). Many of them try to “beat” the previous top serial killer with number of victims.

  • Anonymous

    Weird guy.  The doc iteslf is fairly entertaining but there are definitely better serial killer docs out there.  They never even really concluded what actually motivated the guy.  Tons of people want attention in the world but very few of them turn into serial killers.  Saying he just wanted attention doesn’t really answer anything, which is what they seem to conclude were his sole motivations.

  • patrick

    this is white men for you.  The worst people on earth

  • patrick

    this is white men for you.  The worst people on earth

    • http://www.facebook.com/jaymes420 Jaymes Moynihan

      keep your racist comments to yourself, ignorant piece of trash

  • Lala

    There is one thing I don’t understand. Before the confession, the police knew that this guy was in the company of the woman. From this it does not necessarily result that the man was the killer. In my point of view, this does not matter as a piece of evidence. They were lucky that the guy confessed.

  • Linda

    The scariest thing to me is how he made his victims feel safe in his company. They apparently trusted him and felt at ease going into the park with him. What an evil man to deceive like he did with such horrible intentions. I believe his motive was to feel powerful but then he wanted everyone else to recognise his power too, so he stopped hiding his victims and left them in plain view to be found leading to the eventual “glory” he would feel when publically credited with his crimes. What a pathetic sick mind. Just a real shame Russia didn’t impose the death penality by hammer on him! 

  • Jus Tine-

    I feel like every single person in this video is an actor, and this is just a paid reenactment of what apparently happened in reality.

  • Can Hankendi

    what i got from this documentary is that the russian police is helpless.