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Serial killer who murdered over 100 women fathered GF 40 years younger in PRISON ROMP

Elena Bulkina spotted the jailed serial killer in a TV interview and was smitten by him. The couple got married in 2015 when she was only 23 and Tkach was 63
UPDATED AUG 31, 2022
Serial killer Serhiy Tkach, who admitted to murdering over 100 women, had a daughter named Elizaveta with his girlfriend Elena Bulkina (Twitter)
Serial killer Serhiy Tkach, who admitted to murdering over 100 women, had a daughter named Elizaveta with his girlfriend Elena Bulkina (Twitter)

Warning: This article contains description of sexual assault that could be traumatic for some readers. Discretion is advised.

DNIPROPETROVSK OBLAST, UKRAINE: On August 30, 2005, Serhiy Tkach, one of the most brutal serial killers in Russia's history, was apprehended. Tkach, a former Russian police officer, was accused of killing 37 women and girls in the Soviet Union through a 25-year reign of terror. After being arrested, Tkach admitted to having killed at least 100 women, all of who were were subjected to sick sexual abuse before and after they had died, according to The Sun.

In 2018, it was revealed through a Netflix documentary called 'Inside The World's Toughest Prisons' that Tkach was father to a baby who he had with a pen pal 40 years younger than him, according to a report by the Daily Star. Elena Bulkina spotted the jailed monster in a TV interview and was smitten by him. After Bulkina began writing him fragrant letters, he married her in 2015 when she was only 23 and he was 63.


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Serhiy Tkach with Elena Bulkina during an interview. (Photo via @thetelegraph/Twitter)
Serhiy Tkach with Elena Bulkina during an interview (@thetelegraph/Twitter)

Horrific crimes

Tkach was fired from the Soviet Police in 1979 for fabricating evidence. He then relocated to Ukraine and started working as a police investigator in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in 1982. 1984 saw the start of a series of disappearances involving women and girls, some of whom were as young as eight. 

According to The Telegraph, he raped his victims before suffocating them and sexually defiling their corpses. Tkach was able to get away with the horrifying acts for so long because he utilized his understanding of criminal investigations to trick the police. He would, for instance, kill close to railroad tracks that had just been coated with tar to confuse the police dogs.

Over the years, other persons, including one who killed himself, were wrongfully imprisoned for some of his killings. When he boldly visited the burial of one of his victims, children there reportedly claimed to have seen him with the victim just before she passed away. Tkach was ultimately apprehended in 2005. He is alleged to have pleaded for the death penalty when first found guilty. Instead, he was given a life term in jail in Ukraine, where he passed away in November 2018. After getting married in 2015, Elena and Tkach were permitted romantic outings. In 2018, she said that neither she nor her husband's actions ever caused her to worry for their safety.

Talking about her marriage and pregnancy, Bulkina said “I don’t feel guilty because I did not commit the crimes. Of course I’d not wish this on anyone and if it happened to my family I’d punish that person. But I didn’t do anything. I felt happiness when I ­realised I was pregnant. I wanted this baby and he wanted this baby but she was born in Russia and my parents and the officials won’t let me bring her to this country.”

Elizaveta, daughter of Tkach and Bulkina, was born in 2016. 

If you or anyone you know suspects child abuse, you are urged to immediately call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential and the hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.