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Viktor Sayenko was born in 1988 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Sayenko and his accomplices, Alexander Hanzha and Igor Suprunyuck, met in high school. Together, when their murder series began, they were known as the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. Each of them were known to have phobias and decided to try to get over the phobias by forcing each other to do what they were afraid of. In order to get over a fear of heights the men would stand on their balconies or hang over a railing. Hanzha had a blood phobia and to conquer this fear the group decided that torturing and killing stray dogs and then taking pictures next to the corpses was the way to conquer his fear. The group later graduated high school and both Sayenko and Suprunyuck went into their respective jobs while Hanzha remained unemployed and later was charged for two armed robberies.
The murder series began on July 25, 2007, when the men were 19 years old, and ended in July of 2007. The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs did not have any preference for their victims. They would murder men and women and most of the victims were between the ages of 14 and 48. The victims were chosen at random and would usually be those who seemed weak. The victims were usually beaten to death with blunt objects, which included hammers, screwdrivers and construction bars. The beatings were aimed towards the faces of the victims, which left many of them unrecognizable. Most of the victims were mutilated and tortured, one pregnant woman had her fetus cut out of her womb. The group would murder at night and in the middle of the day, which showed the confidence of the group. A few of the victims were robbed after their murder and their cellphones and other valuables were sold at pawnshops around the area. Many of the animal and human deaths were recorded on film. The killers would even go as far as to attend the funerals of the victims and take pictures of themselves smiling at the coffins. It is believed that the murders were not sexually driven.
On July 23, 2007, the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs were arrested. This occurred after Suprunyuck had turned on and attempted to sell a cellphone that had been stolen from one of their victims.The police were able to track the location of the of Sayenko and Suprunyuck arrest them. Hanzha was arrested at his home on the same day, but he had attempted to flush the other stolen cellphones down a toilet, which destroyed the data on the cellphones. Although some people believe that the Maniacs were creating snuff films, others believe that the three men did this as a hobby. On February 11, 2009 Sayenko was found guilty of 18 murders, robbery and animal cruelty. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for committing murder and 15 years for the robbery charges. Suprunyuck was found guilty for 21 murders, robbery and animal cruelty and received the same sentence as Sayenko. Hanzha was found guilty of robbery and sentenced to 9 years in prison.
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Viktor Sayenko, one of the members of The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs, was found guilty for the murders of eighteen 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…Continue reading...