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Igor Suprunyuck was born in 1988 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Supruntuck and his accomplices, Alexander Hanzha and Viktor Sayenko, met in high school. Together, when their murder series began, they were known as the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. Before beginning their murder series the men were known to have different phobias, which they decided to conquer in their own ways. To conquer a fear of heights they would stand on their balconies or hang over the railing. Hanzha had a fear of blood and to conquer this fear the men would torture stray dogs and cats and then pose with the corpses. On many occasions the men would hang a dog from a tree and then disembowel the animal while it was still alive.
After graduating from high school Suprunyuck and Sayenko went into their respective jobs, but Hanzha remained unemployed. During his time of unemployment Hanzha was charged with two armed robberies.
Their murder series began on July 25, 2007, when the men were 19 years old, and ended in July of 2007. Within the span of one month Suprunyuck murdered 21 victims. The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs did not show any preference for their victims. They would murder men and women at random, though many of the victims were those thought to be weak. Most of the victims were between the ages of 14 and 48. All of the victims had been beaten to death with blunt objects such as hammers, screwdrivers and construction bars. The majority of the beatings were aimed towards the face, which left the victims unrecognizable. Some of the victims were murdered quickly, while the others were mutilated and tortured. The men went as far as to murder a pregnant woman and then cut her fetus out of her womb.
Unlike many serial killers who murder or kidnap their victims at night, the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs would select and murder their victims in broad daylight. This proved that the group either did not believe they would be caught or simply did not care if they were caught. The group would often go to funerals of the people that they had murdered and take pictures of themselves smiling or giving the middle finger to the graves. Many of the murders of both animals and people were recorded on film. The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs would rob some of their victims during or after their murders. The murderers would not keep these items, but would sell the cellphones and other valuables in pawnshops around the area. None of the victims showed signed of sexual abuse, so it is not believed that the murders were sexually driven.
On July 23, 2007, the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs were arrested. The police gained the whereabouts of the killers when Suprunyuck turned on and attempted to sell a cellphone that had been stolen from one of their victims. The police tracked down the location of the pawnshop and arrested both Suprunyuck and Sayenko. Later that day Hanzha was arrested at his home, but unfortunately he managed to put the remaining cellphones into a toilet, which destroyed all their data. Some people believe that the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs were making snuff films for a foreign website operator, while others believe that the group murdered as a hobby. On February 11, 2009 Suprunyuck was found guilty for 21 murders, robbery and animal cruelty. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murders and 15 years for the robbery charges. Sayenko was found guilty of 18 murders, robbery and animal cruelty and received the same sentence. Hanzha was found guilty of robbery and sentenced to 9 years in prison.
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Igor Suprunyuck, one of the members of The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs, was found guilty for the murders of twenty-one people. We currently have information on ten of his victims. Ekaterina Ilchenko Ekaterina, age 33, was murdered on June 25, 2007. She had been murdered with a hammer. Roman Tatarevich Roman was murdered…Continue reading...