Russian serial killer convicted of killing 48
A Russian man was found guilty of killing 48 people Wednesday, reports the New York Times.
Aleksandr Y. Pichushkin, nicknamed the â€œBittsa Maniacâ€?, confessed to killing 63 people, one short of his goal. He lured people into drinking sessions, then made them his victims. Most were killed with a blunt object hit to the head or were drowned in a sewer.
Pichushkin, 33, was a former supermarket worker. He was trying to outdo the Rostov Ripper, Andrei Chikatilowho, who raped and murdered 52 people and was executed in 1994.
The jury took less than three hours to reach the guilty verdict. Pichushkin faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Investigations of 11 other murders have been reopened because Pichushkin has confessed to them.