In a shocking turn of events, Russia’s most infamous serial killer, Mikhail Popkov, also known as “The Werewolf,” is seeking early release from prison by offering to join Vladimir Putin’s army in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
Popkov, 59, recently received another ten-year sentence for three additional murders of women.
Popkov, who has a horrifying history of brutally murdering 86 women, hopes to secure his freedom by volunteering to fight for Putin.
The Russian president has previously recruited convicts, including mass murderers and r@pists, to join the war effort, offering them pardons and wiping their criminal records in return for loyalty.
Despite already serving two life sentences and a nine-year term, Popkov could be released in as little as six months if his request to join the army is granted.
The recent verdict and sentencing related to three more murders may influence the decision.
The “Angarsk Maniac,” named after his hometown, committed his heinous crimes between 1992 and 2010, targeting lone women aged 18 to 50.
His modus operandi involved r@ping and then killing his victims using various weapons such as axes, hammers, knives, screwdrivers, and spades.
Popkov’s latest convictions stem from murders in Irkutsk between 1997 and 2003. The victims included two women aged 25 and 27, who were strangled on the banks of the Angara River, and a 31-year-old kindergarten teacher and mother of two.
Popkov confessed to these killings, bringing his confirmed total to 86, though authorities suspect the actual number may be closer to 200.
Despite being diagnosed with homicidal mania, a condition marked by an irrational desire to kill, Popkov was deemed sane.
During his trial, he expressed his desire to join the army, stating that he believes his military registration profession would be in demand.
Popkov’s potential release raises concerns about the use of convicts in the war effort and the leniency shown to those with a history of extreme violence.
The chilling possibility of a notorious serial killer being set free to participate in armed conflict adds another layer of complexity to an already tense situation.