Most Evil Russian Serial Killer – The Chessboard Killer


Today’s new entry into the serial killer
Hall of Infamy might just be the worst Russian serial killer of modern times, although you
could argue that Andrei Chikatilo, aka the Rostov Ripper, takes that spot due to the
utterly brutal nature of his crimes. While we’ve mostly concentrated on American
serial killers, you could say we are trying to branch out, having now featured a Japanese
child killer, the blight of Victorian London, Jack the Ripper, and the globe-trotting conman
and backpacker killer from France, Charles Sobhraj. The man today is slightly different, in that
he didn’t really choose a certain kind of victim; anyone would do it seems. He did once say, “For me, life without murder
is like life without food for you,” so it’s understandable that he wasn’t picky. Welcome to this episode of the Infographics
Show, Alexander Pichushkin: The Chessboard Killer. The first thing we did when researching this
show was to watch a clip of Pichushkin being interviewed, which you can find on YouTube
(in Russian with no subtitles). He’s certainly a strange-looking man, with
a kind of oversized head, sunken eyes, and he doesn’t seem to like making eye contact. Unlike many of the serial killers we’ve
featured, he didn’t do too many interviews, neither did he make money from books or have
movies made about him. Nope, this sad-looking guy just went to jail,
and that’s where he remains today. He was sentenced to life in 2007, with the
first 15 years of his sentence to be served in solitary confinement. He’s held at an unknown jail, where it’s
said his only visitor is his mother. Russian authorities don’t want him anywhere
near other people. He even appeared in court in a cage. You might wonder what he did to be given this
kind of special treatment, so here we go. First a quick bio. Pichushkin was born on April 9th, 1974. As an adult he went on a killing rampage,
with the victims numbering somewhere between 49 and 60. He’s called the Chessboard Killer – we’ll
tell you later why – and also The Bitsa Park Maniac, because that park is where he
did his handiwork. And let us tell you, this is one strange killer,
someone that no doubt had a modus operandi unlike anyone in history, and it’s not likely
anyone will copy him. But let’s now go back to his childhood. He was born in the industrial city of Mytishchi,
which lies northeast of Russia’s capital Moscow, only a short drive away. Many people who live in this grim city call
it “zhopa mira”, which translates as “butthole of the world.” His childhood is very important when discussing
this man, because it’s said that an event that happened when he was just a young kid
may have been the reason he turned into such an animal. At four years old, little Alex fell off a
swing backwards. If that wasn’t bad enough, the swing struck
him in the head on its way back down. This caused severe damage to his frontal cortex,
and that’s the reason his forehead is a bit misshaped today. But worse than the cosmetic aberration was
what it did to his brain. When you badly injure this part of the brain,
it can result in not being able to control impulses and aggression. This happens a lot to sports people who’ve
incurred such brain injuries. But for the poor, once sociable Pichushkin,
life got very tough. Not only did he have learning disabilities,
but he was bullied in school because of the way he looked. He would often become violent with these kids,
making sure they knew that calling him retarded would result in dire consequences. His mother then took him out of mainstream
school and entered him in a school for special needs children. The Guardian interviewed a childhood neighbor
of Pichushkin; her name was Svetlana Mortyakova and she told the newspaper that he was always
polite and pleasant, and that he had a great fondness for animals, especially dogs. It’s said he was devastated when his cat
died. We also know that in spite of having some
learning difficulties, he was very good at playing chess. It was Pichushkin’s grandfather that noticed
and admired these abilities, and he believed special school taught him nothing, so it was
best the boy go live with him where he could hone his chess skills. It’s said he became outstanding at the game,
and it was through this that he vented all of that emotional energy he was carrying around. Unfortunately, the grandfather died. It’s said this was the turning point for
Pichushkin, whose rage would once again come to the fore. Some analysts said it was the terrible grief
he felt at losing the one man that had seen his talent and loved him dearly that sent
him over the edge. Nope, the boy didn’t stay gentle for long. Police now know that when Pichushkin was just
18, he committed his first murder. The victim was a boy that lived close by,
and he was killed because Pichushkin was in love with his girlfriend. The girl he ostensibly loved 5 five years
later was found dead in the infamous park, and police believe that was also the work
of Pichushkin. But let’s not get carried away. So, we have a chess champion who had just
lost the closest person in his life. It didn’t stop him playing chess, but it
did start his drinking campaign. Apparently, the young man would hang out in
Bitsa Park, swigging neat vodka and looking for opponents to play chess with. It seems there were plenty of people that
wanted to play, but reports state Pichushkin’s game was never affected by the hooch. Prior to his first murder, when he was about
16, it’s said he would take a video camera to the park and shoot children playing. It’s also said that one time, he picked
up a small boy by the leg at the apartment block where he lived, held him upside down,
and uttered the ominous words, “You are in my power now… I am going to drop you from the window…
and you will fall 15 meters to your death…” This was apparently later found in some footage
he had taken. Anyhow, the teenager was depressed we are
told, and would spend days in the park walking his beloved dog, drinking and smoking. Then the dog died, too. Psychologist Mikhail Vinogradov has said that
the deaths of his grandfather became an abandonment issue. Add the dog to that, and it seems as if he
lost everyone he loved. So, this is where the killing starts. As he is one of the most prolific killers
of all time we can’t go into all the murders of course, But we will say many of his victims,
most in fact, were old men. But he did kill some children, young folks,
and middle-aged people, and on three occasions he chose women. One of those women was found with stakes nailed
into her skull and close to her eyes. Yes, he was quite sadistic, and some theorize
he got a sexual buzz out of it. He did once admit that killing gave him a
“perpetual orgasm.” He said murdering people made him feel like
a God. Sometimes he’d just invite folks to drink
with him, even go sit where he had buried his dog, and then when their back was turned,
he’d smash in their skull with a hammer. He also killed a few people by throwing them
down into a sewer. Not the best way, and it’s believed some
people survived this. As we just said, sometimes he would do bad
things to the bodies, but he made little attempt to hide them at times, especially near the
end of his spree. Other people were thrown down those sewage
wells after being killed. We might also remember that it was easy to
kill in this park and hide bodies, as it is more than four times the size of New York’s
Central Park. “In all cases I killed for only one reason. I killed in order to live, because when you
kill, you want to live,” he once told the press, adding, “I felt like the father of
all these people, since it was me who opened the door for them to another world.” As for the strange MO we mentioned at the
start of the show, he had a habit of inserting a bottle of vodka – neck first of course
– into the hole’s he had bashed in his victim’s heads. He wedged them in well, too, and that’s
how police found the bodies. This became big news, and especially as so
many bodies were turning up. Locals talked of an animal that stalks at
night, a monster that hides in the park. At the same time, Pichushkin was working in
a grocery store and it’s said he was always very amiable. He actually once talked in court about how
he liked to be friendly, even to the people he killed. Prior to slaughtering them, he said he’d
get intimate, have fun, be open and friendly. He said, “The closer a person is to you
and the better you know them, the more pleasurable it is to kill them.” It’s said 10 of his victims lived in the
same apartment block, so why wouldn’t they go for a stroll in the park with the young
man. Many were friends, former school mates, or
acquaintances. GQ writes that making new friends was his
hobby, saying one of his favorite books was “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” He even gave some of the victims their final
wish. He asked one such victim what he would want
if he could have anything in the world. The man said, “I wish I could stop drinking.” Pichushkin’s reply to that was, “I promise
you. Today will be the day you stop drinking.” He also said that he wanted to beat the body
count of killer and fellow Russian, Andrei Chikatilo, and have a body for every square
on a chessboard. He didn’t quite make 64 squares, but he
got very close. Even so, when interviewed, he said even if
he had reached that target, he would have carried on killing. One report says police found his diaries describing
the murders, and found a chessboard. On it, 61 squares from the 64 were marked
according to his body count. He was caught though, and that was because
inside of the pocket of one of his victims, 36-year old co-worker Marina Moskalyova, was
a train ticket stub. Police then looked at CCTV footage of the
station where she had been, and who was with her? None other than the then 32-year old Alexander
Pichushkin. Police knew they had their man as the woman,
suspicious at being invited to the park to see Pichushkin’s dog’s grave, had told
her boyfriend who she was with and gave him Pichushkin’s phone number. We might add that some critics say it took
police so long to catch this man, who sometimes just left bodies in the open replete with
vodka-bottle-in-head adornment, was because the victims were mainly poor and so not important
in the eyes of the authorities. Reports describe the squalor of the Russian-style
projects where these people lived as the backend of the country. During his court appearance, as you know,
he was caged in glass. He was convicted of 49 murders and 3 attempted
murders, but that wasn’t to Pichushkin’s liking. He asked to be convicted of 11 more murders,
bringing his tally to 60. Chikatilo, his serial killing opponent, had
been convicted in 1992 of 53 murders. In terms of what’s on the official scorecard,
Pichushkin did not come out victorious. For the killer, his moment of fame was important. Andrei Suprunenko, who was the lead investigator
in the case, once said, “All maniacs want to talk. It made him feel important. I told him I admired him, and he liked that,
and then he opened up. It was very important for Pichuskin that people
think he was a hero, so I made him feel like a hero.” So, why not head over to the comments and
tell us what you think about this macabre tale! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called The Human Dracula! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 comments

  1. We'll be doing a serial killer series video once a week. If you hate these videos, there will be still 13 others that aren't about this!

  2. The infographics show narrator and writer/producer is not a professional they make a lot of mistakes and sometimes they providewrong informations dont forget the editor and animator also with a lot of mistakes.

  3. A friend of mine (6th grade) got in a fight at recess. He only acted out of self-defense and actually gave the other kid, Jude, a beatdown. Jude, at one point, picked up a stick and sharpened it, leaving it where he could access it once the fight began. He got Casey, the guy I'm talking about, to turn around somehow. Don't remember how, but he threw the stick for a cheap hit and it hit him in, I believe, the frontal cortex or some other area that controls anger. (Don't remember where it hit him, but he did say he turned around) He saw red at this point, but Casey gave Jude a beatdown because of this outburst of sudden aggression and got away with it, as the school was very understanding.

  4. Go to the part when they compare the two parks they say that central park is smaller but the symbol says that it's bigger the symbol should be the other way around this ruined the video for me

  5. He wanted enough victims to fit on a cheeseboard. Then admitted he wouldn’t have stopped if he had.
    He was just making up BS constantly. The fact that they said he wanted to surpass another killers total tell you he wanted to be infamous, to be the “best” and have a persona.
    Chessboard… what an idiotic motive (real or not). It’s so random. Which makes sense, I suppose, because anything makes sense if it’s in reference to a demented madman.

  6. Fairly sure all people appear in court in a cage in Russia and I would bet he is at Black Dolphin Prison in Russia

  7. I thought he would just play chess with random people and if he lost he would smack the chessboard in their face …

  8. when promoting Skillshare you should say “however, this website will not teach you how to be a serial killer”

  9. The society didn't cared about him so he didn't cared about the society but little did he knew that he was doing bad to his own soul

  10. As far as I know the Soviet Union had the death sentence…can anyone explain to me why he wasn't executed?

  11. This is probably where they got the hello neighbor game from because it looks like the guy game 🗿🗿🗿

  12. The most evil Russian Serial Killer is……….
    ALEXEI FROM STRANGER THINGS S3!
    Remember!! He killed a bunch of kids!🤪😂😂
    (Please tell me someone gets that…)

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