Ex-policeman from Angarsk charged with murder of 47 women
According to a source in law enforcement bodies of the region, Mikhail Popkov, who has already been sentenced to life imprisonment, confessed to 59 murders.
The former policeman from Angarsk, the Irkutsk region, Mikhail Popkov, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of 22 women, was charged with another 47 killings.
"The condemned Popkov was charged with another 47 killings. Evgeny Karchevsky, the investigator for priority cases, has reported this information during the court hearing (information on extension of term of Popkov’s arrest – noted by TASS)," – as reported by the press service of the regional Administration of the ICR to a correspondent of TASS.
The verdict against the detained has not entered into force due to current investigation of a new case. Popkov is now waiting for his sentence in Irkutsk pre-detention center.
According to a source in law enforcement bodies of the region, Popkov has confessed to 59 murders.
In January 2015, the ex-police officer was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of 22 women and attempted murder of two others. Later, it became known that he could be involved in another 20 similar crimes, for which he wrote a confession. According to investigators, he told about the killings to his cellmates.
Murders in Angarsk
The ex-policeman committed the killings, for which his was sentenced, in 1994-2000 period. In Ankarsk, the Irkutsk region, women disappeared during the nighttime. Their bodies with signs of violent death were later found on the territory of several districts. The police questioned 30 thousand people in order to establish the suspect.
In some cases, at the crime scene there were found traces of wheels of a Niva automobile. Law enforcement authorities checked all residents of the region, who owned cars of this brand. It helped investigation to get on the trail of Popkov, who at that time was working in the police, but resigned in 1998.
Popkov was detained in 2012 in Vladivostok. Initially, he admitted only murders of three women, but later investigators proved his involvement in other crimes.
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