Dmitriy Yakovlev Trial Openson March 1, 2011 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
The trial for accused serial killer Dmitriy Yakovlev opened last week. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Hector’s opening statement described the scene when the remains of jewelry importer Viktor Alekseyev were found in January 2006.
Alekseyev’s body was found in three garbage bags in a thatch of woods in New Jersey. A grinning Dracula mask sat atop a bed of leaves.
Yakovlev is suspected in the cases of Michael Klein, a NYPD mechanic, and Irina Malezhik, a Russian translator. They are missing and presumed dead.
Investigators found Malezhik’s underwear in a basement boiler room of Yakovlev’s home. They also found pornographic photos of Alekseyev.
Yakovlev and his wife were arrested for identity theft when they tried to take $6,500 from Malezhik’s bank account. Julia Yakovlev has pled guilty to the identity theft charges.