Serial killer nicknamed ‘Siberian werewolf’ confesses to murdering 59 women

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A Russian serial killer who was jailed for 22 murders has confessed to killing at least 59 more women.

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Former police officer Mikhail Popkov, nicknamed the Siberian werewolf, has since been charged with 47 of the murders he confessed to.

His number of victims is estimated as high as 81, two years after he was given a life sentence for 22 murders.

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This led to Russian police forces being investigated. Hundreds of officers had sperm samples collected and analysed to be ruled out of the enquiry.

Popkov left the police in 1998 and it was later alleged that he was involved with investigations that he committed.

He was arrested in 2012 in Vladivostok. In 2015 he pleaded guilty and was later jailed for life.