"I stabbed people... Picked girls looking like my girlfriend", Tolyatti serial killer reveals motive
Artem Semenov was captured yesterday.
Artem Semenov, 22, has started his testimony. The press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs published a video from the first interrogation, in which he explains his actions by saying that his girlfriend was cheating on him and his victims looked like her.
“I stabbed people. I thought how my girlfriend is cheating on me with my friend; I got wasted and did it all,” the detainee said.
Video: serial stabber confession
All a woman had to do to become the killer’s victim was being about the same age as his girlfriend. He bought a new knife for each of the crimes.
According to Irina Volk, the official representative for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Semenov trapped his victims in deserted places like porches, after which he attacked them and inflicted bodily injuries; he used a knife in three of the cases.
He committed his first attack on November 30 of this year; according to preliminary data, there were 7 of them.
Video: Irina Volk commenting on Tolyatti stabber detention
After the young man found out that he was wanted by the police, he traveled by a BlaBlaCar to Moscow. But then, one of the drivers identified the criminal and reported him to the police. Operatives were waiting for him at the Kazansky Station of the capital.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Samara Region initiated criminal cases under part 2 of Art. 111 (Intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm).
According to some Tolyatti media outlets, Semenov has had a psychiatric treatment.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.