The Chessboard Killer and The Bitsa Park Maniac
An incident in which Pichushkin fell backwards off a swing and was then struck in the forehead as it swung back
-Following this accident Pichushkin frequently became hostile and impulsive referring to him as "that retard".
-Pichushkin began to consume large quantities of vodka. He continued to play chess both at home and in the exhibition games in Bitsa Park, now joining the other men in drinking vodka
-On one disturbing, and alarmingly prophetic, occasion that has since been made public, holding a young child by one leg, upside down, and saying to the camera: "You are in my power now... I am going to drop you from the window... and you will fall 15 meters to your death..." He would then watch these videos repeatedly to reaffirm his power. However, by 1992, this had become insufficient to satisfy his urges.
-Primarily targeted elderly homeless men by luring them with the offer of free vodka.
-After drinking with them, he would kill them with repeated blows to the head with a hammer. In what became his trademark, or signature, he would then push a vodka bottle into the gaping wound in their skulls
-He would always attack from behind in order to take the victim by surprise and to avoid spilling blood on his clothes
-"For me, life without murder is like life without food for you. I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world