Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sverdlovsk police searching for serial killer

Sverdlovsk region police announced on Thursday that they are searching for a suspected serial killer who preys on senior citizens in the Urals and Volga federal districts.

Police have found several elderly women strangled in their homes in the region. They believe the killer is traveling through the region posing as a social worker before robbing and killing his victims, according RIA Novosti.

In Yekaterinburg, the suspected serial killer tried to erase traces of his or her actions by staging a fire, according to a spokesman for the police, RIA Novosti reports.

In 2010, Irina Gaidamak was convicted of the murders of 17 elderly women in the Sverdlovsk region. Gaidamak murdered the women in order to rob them. She received a 20 year prison sentence. Police did not comment on the similarities between the recent area murders and the crimes of Gaidamak.