SERIAL KILLER: Andrei Chikatilo: The Soviet Red Ripper who Mutilated 52 Women and Children


Andrei Chikatilo’s name sends shivers down the spine. The serial killer, who was infamously known by several names like The Butcher of Rostov, The Rostov Ripper, and The Red Ripper, shocked the communist nation with his brutal acts.

Also known as Jack the Ripper, Andrei confessed to sexually assaulting, murdering, and mutilating at least fifty-two women and children between 1978 and 1990 in the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR, and the Uzbek SSR.
Known for eating pieces of his victims, entering knives in their bodies, ejaculating on them and taking out their eyeballs, this brutal serial killer turned into a cannibal from being a brilliant student.

Who was Andrei Chikatilo?

Andrei Chikatilo was born in the village of Yabluchne in the Sumy Oblast of the Ukrainian SSR. At the time of his birth, Ukraine was in the grip of a famine caused by Joseph Stalin’s forced collectivization of agriculture.
Chikatilo’s parents were both collective farm labourers who lived in a one-room hut. They received no wages for their work but instead received the right to cultivate a plot of land behind the family hut.
The family seldom had sufficient food; Chikatilo himself later claimed not to have eaten bread until the age of 12, adding that he and his family often had to eat grass and leaves in an effort to stave off hunger.
Throughout his childhood, Chikatilo was repeatedly told by his mother Anna that prior to his birth, an older brother of his named Stepan had, at the age of four, been kidnapped and cannibalized by starving neighbours,  although it has never been established whether this incident actually occurred, or if a Stepan Chikatilo even existed. Nonetheless, Chikatilo recalled his childhood as being blighted by poverty, ridicule, hunger, and war.

The Horrors of the Second World War…

When the Soviet Union entered the Second World War, Chikatilo’s father Roman was conscripted into the Red Army. He was taken as a prisoner after being wounded in combat. Between 1941 and 1944, Chikatilo witnessed some of the effects of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, which he described as “horrors”, adding he witnessed bombings, fires, and shootings from which he and his mother would hide in cellars and ditches.
On one occasion, Chikatilo and his mother were forced to watch their own hut burn to the ground. With his father at war, Chikatilo and his mother shared a single bed. He was a chronic bed wetter, and his mother berated and beat him for each offence.

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When Chikatilo’s sister was born in 1943, it came out that his mother was raped by a German soldier in the one-room hut as Chikatilo’s father was conscripted in 1941. Chikatilo began his schooling a year after her sister’s birth. He was a shy and studious kid but was physically weak. On many occasions, his stomach remained swollen from hunger resulting from the post-war famine which plagued much of the Soviet Union.
Chikatilo was bullied by fellow students, who regularly mocked him over his physical stature and timid nature. At home, Chikatilo and his sister were constantly berated by their mother. Tatyana later recalled that despite the hardships endured by her parents, their father was a kind man, whereas their mother was harsh and unforgiving toward her children.
Chikatilo developed a passion for reading and memorizing data, and often studied at home, both to increase his sense of self-worth and to compensate for his myopia which often prevented him from reading on the classroom blackboard. To his teachers, Chikatilo was an excellent student upon whom they would regularly bestow praise and commendation.

Source: https://www.thetealmango.com/entertainment/andrei-chikatilo-the-soviet-red-ripper-who-mutilated-52-women-and-children/

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