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Biography - Beast of the Ukraine (2008)

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  • Producers: Towers
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: A&E Television Networks
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001BXNAO8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beast of the Ukraine: Andrei Chikatilo. Andrei Chikatilo, a married man, teacher, and member of the Communist party, began a life of serial child molestation, rape, and murder in the 1970s. He picked up runaways, prostitutes, and children throughout the 1980s, killing and mutilating them in the most horrible ways, all to satisfy himself sexually. After several arrests, he was finally convicted and executed in 1994.

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In a world full of sick puppies, Andrei Chikatilo is the biggest and baddest dog of them all. As many as 56 victims (he was found guilty on only 52), males and females ranging from 9 to 45 years old, died at his hands during a 12-year killing spree (1978 - 1990), their bodies molested, butchered, and even partially cannibalized. Dubbed the Butcher of Rostov, the Red Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper, Chikatilo more than earned those ignominious nicknames. His name may be unfamiliar with much of the general population in the West, but Andrei Chikatilo may well be the most sadistic and prolific serial killer of all time. The obvious questions are: How can a human being do something this awful? and How could he get away with it for 12 long years? For the second question, one is tempted to say it could only have happened in the Soviet Union.

Like many a child born in the Ukraine in the 1930s, where the people were starving to death in droves following the end of World War II, Chikatilo had a difficult childhood. Psychologists and profilers interviewed here make several suppositions about his childhood, but they beat the drum loudest when pointing to Chikatilo's sexual impotence. This, they declare, was the seed that fueled his uncontrollable rage, for it led to numerous humiliations which in turn made him feel incredibly powerless. (Yes, he did have two children, but the pregnancies were not achieved via standard rules of sexual engagement, and that's about as far as I want to go on that subject.) Only through the act of killing could he shake free of his bonds of powerlessness, exercising complete control over his victim as he tortured, molested, and killed him/her (invariably a child or prostitute he could lure into a remote area and overpower).
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