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Night in Moscow
the announcement comes from a Minister of the Interior in Moscow,
or a Police Chief in Baton Rouge, the flat statement that there
is no connection among a number of killings that certainly appear
linked, ranks right up there in veracity with Bush administration
assertions about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
2002, Chief Pat Englade told a gathering that no evidence existed
to link several years’ worth of murders of women in the Baton
Rouge area. A month later, he was eating his words. On July 23 of
this year, Boris Gryzlov, Russian Interior Minister, said the ten
women killed in Moscow since July 1 were killed by different assailants.
those WMD will turn up any day now.
his claim, Gryzlov said that three men had been arrested on July
19, and that a length of flexible metal — presumably the murder
weapon — had been seized. The suspects were not named; the
charges against them were not identified. It was clearly an act
of hooliganism, Gryzlov told the press.
six murders prior to the nineteenth — four were stranglings,
and no details about the other two were released. Through the night
from July 20-21, four more women were murdered on Moscow’s
streets. The city has more than a problem with hooliganism.
seven of the victims have been short in stature, slender, with fair
complexions and long, light-colored hair. At least six were well-educated.
Most were sexually assaulted.
As the Baton
Rouge serial killer investigation progressed, police discovered
assaults similar to the murders, attacks that the victims had survived.
Although the information has not been released to the Russian media,
Moscow investigators have found three surviving victims who have
provided similar detailed descriptions of their assailant. Police
are looking for a white male, aged 35-40, 170-175 cm in height,
thin face, short hair, bushy eyebrows, small eyes, large nose, and
thick lips, probably wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and jeans. He
selects his locations, conceals himself in bushes or behind fences,
then attacks unsuspecting victims as they walk past.
real break in the case seemed to have come on July 23. A woman watching
from her apartment called police when she saw a man step from a
wooded area opposite her home, and grab a female pedestrian by the
throat. He dragged her to the ground and into the bushes. Police
caught the man, and immediately began an investigation of his possible
role in the city’s string of unsolved murders.
Monday, July 28, police discovered the body of a 42-year-old woman
Moscow’s northwest. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled
— the second victim found in a schoolyard, the eleventh victim
since July 1.
Ministry is now reconsidering its position on whether there is a
serial killer at large in Moscow.
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