Hammer killer receives 20 years
Irina Galdamachuk was found guilty in a Russian court of the killings of 17 older women. The 17 murders were committed between 2003 and 2010. According to investigators, the 40-year-old woman would befriend her elderly victims, only to bludgeon them to death with a hammer after gaining access to their homes, UPI.com reports.
Police investigators said that Gaidamachuk would offer to help her victims around their houses, and would then steal from the elderly women after killing them. Her 17 victims were between the ages of 61 and 89. According to authorities, Gaidamachuk committed her first kill in 2003 and was finally arrested in the Urals region town of Krasnoufimsk in 2010.
As part of the investigation, Gaidamachuk, a mother of two, underwent a series of psychological tests and was declared to be sane by psychiatric experts. In addition to 20 years in prison, the convicted killer will also have to pay approximately $900 in legal expenses.
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