Chessboard Killer Convicted for 48 murders
Though Alexander Pichushkin was convicted of committing 48 murders in Moscow in six years, he said that he actually killed 63 people. Prosecutors have asked for the maximum sentence of life imprisonment, with the first 15 years spent in isolation according to CNN.
The jury could deliver its verdict as early as Tuesday, News24 reported.
Pichushkin was known as the chessboard killer because he said he wanted to kill someone for every one of the 64 squares on a chessboard.
For years until his arrest in June 2006, Pichushkin terrorized the heavily forested Bitsa Park in the southern outskirts of Moscow. He said he committed all but one of his murders in the park.
He often lured homeless people with alcohol, then after getting them drunk, he beat them to death and put their bodies in the park.
The crucial information that lead to his arrest came in 2005, when a woman he had worked with at a vegetable store was found dead. She had left a note at her home that stated she was going for a walk with Pichushkin.
Pichushkin said he was aware of that note, but he killed her anyway.