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Russian serial killer Alexander Pichushkin, nicknamed "The Chessboard Killer," was caught in Moscow and convicted in 2007 of killing 48 people.
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Despite the date references, the police were only able to charge Pichushkin with 51 counts of murder and attempted murder (three of his victims survived).
Pichushkin's confession was aired on Russian television. In it, he discussed at length his need to kill. "For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you," Pichushkin reportedly said. Showing no remorse, he later argued that he should be charged with more murders,
keeping with his claim of killing 61 or 63 people (his story varied). "I thought it would be unfair to forget about the other 11 people," Pichushkin reportedly commented during his 2007 trial.
Pichushkin was convicted in October 2007. The jury deliberated for only three hours before finding him guilty of 48 counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Shortly after the trial, Pichushkin was sentenced to life in prison. The hideous nature of his crimes has renewed interest in re-instituting Russia's death penalty.
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