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Werewolf Killer: The True Story of a Russian Cop turned Serial Killer (Detectives True Crime Cases) (Volume 8) Paperback – December 5, 2017
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While I might be a romance author who naturally enjoys reading books from the various genres of romance, for some reason I also enjoy reading books with deal with True Crimes. Having just read/reviewed entitled “Iron Curtain Killers” I became rather fascinated regarding murders occurring in Russia, lead me to search for another book about serial murderers there, which is how I found this book.
I believe you’ve got to agree with me when I say “How much do we really know about our neighbors and even those who we consider to be about friends?” A prime example of not knowing who they are, and whether or not they might live a double life we know nothing about, can be found in this book.
Looking at Mikhail Popkov from the outside all we would see is a guy with a wonderful family; a guy who worked as a police officer whose work garnered the appreciation and veneration of everyone who he worked with. But with his professional attitude towards his profession, who could have ever expected the dark, heinous individual he hid from everyone.
Knowing who you thought Popkov was, if I told you that he’s a sadistic serial murderer you’d probably say I must be nuts. He’d escaped suspicion due to his service record and alibis from his loving wife. His crimes only came to light after 20 years of his reign of terror when all those who’d been on the police force where he’d worked had to supplied samples of their DNA.
Seeing no way out at this point Popkov finally decided to confess to his deeds, causing all those who knew him to become aghast with horror. He knew although he’d given authorities a list of some of his victims and the sites where their bodies could be found, that in order to not to be sent to the prison where his arrests had been sent, the Black Dolphin, he’d have to give them a more complete listing. Ultimately, Popkov confessed to having committed 81 murders, 22 of which he got convicted of, and got sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison.
For having researched this individual, Russia’s most notorious serial killer, in the in-depth he has I’m glad to give Mr. Swinney the 5 STARS he’s gotten from this reviewer. I guess his being a narcotic detective involved with homicide investigations for over 17 years is the reason for his commitment in having written this expose in the manner he has.
Popkov was convicted of 22 murders and received a life sentence. Two years later, he confessed to an additional 59 murders of women. At last count, Popkov has confessed to 81 murders and led police to the bodies of his victims.