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Monday, August 13, 2007

Creepy 'Chessboard Killer' to go on trial in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — A man accused of killing dozens of people in a Moscow park over several years and marking his slayings on a chessboard — with the goal of filling all 64 squares — will face a jury trial next month, a court ruled Monday.
After his arrest last year, Alexander Pichushkin, 33, claimed that he had killed more than 60 people, but prosecutors said they had only gathered evidence to charge him with 49 murders.
“For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you,” he said. “I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.”


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