Andrei Chikatilo ( 1936-1994) Between 1978 and 1990, throughout the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR, and the Uzbek SSR, Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo, also known as The Butcher of Rostov, The Rostov Ripper, and The Red Ripper, was sexually raped, murdered, and dismembered at least fifty-two women and children. Chikatilo was tried for 53 of the murders for which he had admitted responsibility in April 1992. In spite of the fact that the Supreme Court of Russia declared in 1993 that there wasn’t enough evidence to establish his culpability in nine of these crimes, he was found guilty and given the death penalty for fifty-two of these slayings in October 1992. In February 1994, a gunshot killed Chikatilo.
Because he carried out the majority of his murders in the Rostov Oblast of the Russian SFSR, Chikatilo earned the nicknames “Rostov Ripper” and “Butcher of Rostov.”
Andrei Chikatilo’s Childhood
On October 16, 1936, in the village of Yabluchne in the Sumy Oblast of the Ukrainian SSR, Andrei Chikatilo was born. When he was born, Joseph Stalin’s forced collectivization of farmland had plunged Ukraine into famine. The parents of Chikatilo both worked as collective agricultural labourers and resided in a one-room hut. Instead of being paid for their labour, they were given the opportunity to cultivate a piece of land behind the family hut.
In order to avoid being hungry, the family frequently had to eat grass and leaves. Chikatilo subsequently stated that he and his family didn’t start eating bread until they were 12 years old. Although it has never been confirmed whether this occurrence actually took place or if a Stepan Chikatilo even existed, Chikatilo’s mother Anna frequently informed him that before his birth, an older brother of his named Stepan had been stolen and cannibalized by starving neighbours at the age of four. However, Chikatilo remembered his early years as being marred by deprivation, mockery, starvation, and conflict.
Roman, Chikatilo’s father, was drafted into the Red Army when the Soviet Union joined the Second World War. He was injured in battle and would later be captured. Chikatilo experienced some of the atrocities of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine between 1941 and 1944. He added that he saw bombings, fires, and shootings, which forced him and his mother to seek refuge in ditches and cellars. On one occasion, Chikatilo and his mother had to witness the destruction of their own cabin. Chikatilo and his mother shared a single bed because his father was away at war.
The mother of Chikatilo gave birth to Tatyana, a girl, in 1943. The father of Chikatilo could not have fathered this child because he had been drafted in 1941. Many Ukrainian women were raped by German soldiers during the war; it has been hypothesized that Tatyana was a victim of one of those rapes. This rape might have taken place in front of Chikatilo because he shared a one-room hut with his mother.
September 1944 marked Chikatilo’s first day of school. Even though he was timid and intensely focused on his studies as a young child, he was physically frail, and frequently wore homemade clothes to school, and by 1946, his stomach was enlarged from malnutrition due to the post-war famine that afflicted much of the Soviet Union. This hunger frequently made Chikatilo dizzy, both at home and at school, and he was frequently picked on by bullies who made fun of his small stature and timid demeanour. Chikatilo’s mother regularly scolded him and his sister at home. Tatyana later remembered that her mother was cruel and hateful toward her children, whereas their father was a compassionate guy despite the trials they had to undergo.
Finally, Chikatilo was apprehended and kept in custody in 1990, over twenty years after he started his killing spree. After the cops had no luck during questioning, a psychiatrist suggested that he give it a shot.
Dr Bukhanovski, a psychiatrist, entered the interview seeming to be interested in learning more about the killer’s thoughts. Chikatilo offered up a thorough confession right away, feeling delighted that someone had finally shown an interest in what he had to offer.
53 of the 56 killings he confessed to were found to be true. The authorities were taken aback because they had only heard of 36 murders and had assumed a murderer who was much younger. Although his court behaviour was much worse than expected, Bukhanovski ruled him fit to face trial after his interview. a departure from the calm man they had first met.
He was placed in an iron cage during the trial to keep him away from the jury, and while there, he frequently broke into song, babbled incoherently, and dropped his pants.
Andrei Chikatilo behaved erratically, but the judge found him guilty and gave him the death penalty. He was executed on February 14 of 1994, the court remarking that it was “the only sentence that he deserves.”
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