Russian investigators say a man responsible for more than 25 murders of a criminal known as the “Volga Maniac” for years has been arrested.
Russia’s Commission of Inquiry has identified 38-year-old suspect Radik Tagrov as having committed 26 murders of elderly women who threatened Central Russia between 2011 and 2012. He was identified using DNA evidence and shoe prints. And other evidence from the crime scene, investigators said.
Tagrow had connected his way by impersonating an electrician, plumber or utility worker in the apartment of an elderly woman living alone.
Upon entering, he beat the women and strangled the victims, using his hands or nearby objects, including a shield and cloth. Most of his victims were over 70 years old.
He often robbed victims, but in some cases left valuables untouched. He was wearing gloves and sterilized the crime scenes before leaving to stop investigators.
The killings, which took place between 2011 and 2012, were recorded in Kazan, Samara, Dolody, Izhevsk, Ufa and many other Russian cities. Although the exact number of victims has never been established, other killings are suspected to have taken place in the Urals.
The serial killer seemed to have calmed down after 2013, but in 2017 a homicide in the region renewed fear among the public.
Police offered him a 30,000 reward in 2019 for information leading to his arrest.