Andrei Chikatilo

Demographic Info

The Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper, The Rostov Ripper4"53"MaleCaucasianUSSR, Russia, UkraineNomadicSexual1936/10/16 (Yablochnoye, Ukrainian SSR)1994/02/14 (Novocherkassk, Russia)


Comrade Chikatilo: The Psychopathology of Russia's Notorious Serial KillerMikhail Krivich and Olgert Ol'GinAmazon
Hunting the Devil/Pursuit, Capture and Confession of the Most Savage Serial Killer in HistoryRichard LourieAmazon
Killer Department, The: Viktor Burakov's eight-Year Hunt for the Most Savage Serial Killer in Russian HistoryRobert CullenAmazon


Biography: Beast of the UkraineAmazon (DVD)
Most Evil: Vampires/Cannibals (Episode 3x04)

Andrei Chikatilo was born on October 16, 1936 in the Ukraine. He was born the second of three children.

Chikatilo did not have a normal childhood. Before his birth, his older brother had been kidnapped and cannibalized by the local town people. His father left to fight in the war at the height of the famine, leaving his sister and Chikatilo to eat leaves and grass when they could not find food to eat.

Although Chikatilo was not sexually or physically abused, he was emotionally abused by the people in his town because of his impotence. Despite this he married at the age of 27 and had two children with his wife. He did make an attempt to rape prior to being married, but it was not until after he was married that the attempted rapes progressed to the raping and murdering of his victims.

Chikatilo began his serial series at the age of 42. He would typically chose women or children as his victims, girls or boys. His victims spanned from the ages of 7 to 45. All of the people he would choose to murder he would rape and torture prior to their death. Chikatilo would strangle or stab his victims to death and was known to have carried up to 23 knives with him. He was known to cut off the tips of tongues, nipples and genitals, sometimes to chew on them. Unlike most cannibals, Chikatilo would not ingest human flesh, but instead just chewed on it. He made an effort to hide all of his victims.

On November 20, 1990 Chikatilo was arrested. In the summer of 1991 investigators believed that they could charge him with the murders of 53 people. On October 15, 1992 Chikatilo was charged and found guilty of murdering 52 people. He was sentenced to death. Chikatilo was executed by firing squad on February 14, 1994.

Blog Posts

The So-Called Serial Killer Math Formula

on January 24th, 2012 in Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Two electrical engineers from UCLA, Mikhail Simkin and Vwani Roychowdhury, believe that they have shown that the erratic behavior of serial killers actually conforms to a mathematical power law known as the Devil’s Staircase. The two looked at the crimes of Soviet serial murderer Andrei Chikatilo, they found that when…

Continue reading...

Victim Studies 005: Andrei Chikatilo

on November 15th, 2011 in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Andrei Chikatilo, otherwise known as the Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper and The Rostov Ripper, was charged with the murders of 52 women, men and children. It is believed that Chikatilo began his serial series in Russia, 1978 and continued until January of 1990. Chikatilo confessed to 56 murders,…

Continue reading...

Episode 052: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 2

on October 28th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Last week, we looked at 4 of the 7 phases of the serial killer cycle: the aura phase, the trolling phase, the wooing phase, and the capture. This week, we look at the last three phases: the murder, the totem phase, and the depression phase. By the way, this episode…

Continue reading...

Episode 046: Questions & Answers II

on September 16th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

This week, we’re having our second Questions and Answers episode. The questions we’ll answer are: How many serial killers are active at any one time? What do you think of the cultural hero-worship of some serial killers? Why do so many killers have three names? Are there many serial killers…

Continue reading...

Episode 023: Mutilation, Part 2

on April 1st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Last week, we began exploring a question from Lalith about why serial killers mutilate their victims in different ways. We looked at a couple of psychological motivations, as well as mutilation for forensic countermeasures and trophy hunting. This week, we continue (and conclude) this exploration. First up, cannibalism. Mentioned: Marti…

Continue reading...

Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

Continue reading...

Victims of Andrei Chikatilo

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Andrei Chikatilo was charged with the murders of fifty-two people, but is believed to be involved in more. We currently have information on fifty-three of his victims. Yelena Zakotnova Yelena, age 9, was murdered on December 22, 1978. Larisa Tkachenko Larisa, age 17, was murdered on September 3, 1981. Lyubov…

Continue reading...