Confessions of Russia’s ‘Werewolf,’ the Cop Who Became a Serial Killer
Mikhail Popkov told police he preyed on women who were alone and detailed how he sabotaged the investigation from the inside.
Mikhail Popkov found out that one his victims was a music teacher when his young daughter told him her school was collecting money for a funeral.
“She asked me for money for the funeral fund, and I gave it to her,” Popkov allegedly confessed to investigators.
“The Werewolf,” as Popkov is known, is suspected of killing more than 80 women over 18 years. Popkov worked as a police officer in Angarsk, Irkutsk Oblast, was sentenced to life in prison for 22 murders in 2015. Dozens of his shocking confessions to police were revealed in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, after written confessions were allegedly leaked to the paper ahead of court proceedings.