'The Urals Ripper' gets life in prison for murdering 3 women and raping another 8, including 2 schoolgirls
Alexey Falkin was sentenced to life in prison by a regional court for murdering three women, as well as raping another eight
The details of the horrifying crimes committed by a Russian rapist and murderer caught this past April are beginning to come to light, with the latest update that he stabbed his last victim 40 times. The 34-year-old man, identified as Alexey Falkin, was apprehended for the murder of a 30-year-old mother. He later confessed to killing three other women, as well as raping another eight, including two underage schoolgirls.
According to The Sun, Falkin, who came to be infamously known as 'The Urals Ripper' after the Russian region where he committed the rapes and murders, operated over a period of 13 years between 2004 and 2017. His modus operandi was to allegedly attack and sexually assault women under the cover of darkness and threaten them with murder if they resisted.
A troubling recount of the killing of his final victim, Irina Vakrusheva, a mother to a five-year-old son, details how he attacked her after she "ignored" him while walking to her friend's flat. He admitted to hunting for her an entire day before proceeding to stun her with an electric shocker he was carrying and raping her at knifepoint by a cellar door.
As with the other victims, the attack unfolded in the Ural Mountains region of the country, with Falkin then stabbing Vakrusheva 40 times to kill her. He is said to have cut out her sex organs so he could gouge out her womb with a screwdriver, with some reports indicating he put it in a "plastic bag". A source said, "Falkin tried to cut her sexual organs out, but didn't fully manage to do so."
The 34-year-old then reportedly loaded the corpse into his car and drove it towards the town of Serov, where he would then hide the body as well as her personal belongings in a forest.
Falkin was caught after CCTV cameras in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, located close to Russia's fourth city Yekaterinburg, captured him hiding Vakrusheva's body. He would initially deny committing the murder, though he had little choice but to confess after some of her belongings were found inside his car.
Falkin would then also admit to two more murders and attacking underage girls, telling interrogators, "I have psychic deviations, criminal thoughts about murder and other acts which come across my mind from time to time and I can't get rid of them."
"I wanted to seek psychiatrist help but I am not an idiot. I realized that if I went to a psychiatrist then all my life would be ruined. But it's the end now," he continued. "It was a spontaneous decision to attack that woman. Everything has been spontaneous in my life. I have committed a lot of crimes in my life."
The Daily Mail reports that footage also showed the 34-year-old showing investigators the location of one of his crimes.
A former transcript soldier and firefighter, Falkin was convicted on counts of three murders, attempted murder, multiple rapes, use of sexual violence, abusing the bodies of his dead victims, and robbery, and handed down a life sentence by the Sverdlovsk Regional Court.
Following the verdict, Nikolay Tabulin, the father of one of the victims, said that the sentence was too lenient for the murderer. Besides the crimes Falkin has already confessed to, police fear there may be more victims who are unwilling to come forward because of the intimidation tactics used by Falkin.