Serial Killer

By Kevin Girich

Andrei Chikatilo AKA "The Butcher of Rostov"


Date of birth: October 16, 1936

Method of murder: Strangulation - Stabbing with knife

Location: Rostov Oblast, Russia

Status: Executed by a single gunshot behind the right ear on February 16, 1994

Characteristics: Cannibalism - Necrophilia - Evisceration - Mutilation

What Led Andrei to become "The Butcher of Rostov"

Chikatilo’s mother was a brutal woman. With his father at war, the young Andrei had to share a bed with his mother. He frequently wet the bed, for which he was badly beaten and humiliated.

He was a poor teacher, unable to command any respect from his pupils, but he remained in that profession. From the beginning of his tenure, he was heckled by the boys, who called him Goose in mockery of his long neck and slouching posture.

A new job, as a factory supply clerk in Rostov-on-Don, required frequent travel by bus or train, and Chikatilo turned the circumstance to his advantage, trolling for victims in bus depots and railway stations.

Andrei Chikatilo was a late bloomer in terms of the norm for serial murder. Most serial killers begin claiming victims by their early twenties, but Chikatilo was forty-two when he killed for the first time.