A TWISTED mass murderer and rapist – dubbed "The Werewolf" by authorities – has boasted he killed as many 59 women during a police probeMikhail Popkov, 52, who is serving a life sentence for 22 murders, has been charged with killing 25 more women.
But he allegedly told investigators he could have disposed of at least 59 women's bodies during his killing spree which started in the early 90s.
The former policeman raped women as young as 15, before slaying them with axes, knives and screwdrivers.
It is understood Popkov used his cop uniform and police car to lure women by offering them a lift home, usually late at night.
When asked how many victims, Popkov, told a court: "I can't say exactly, I didn't keep a record.
"I admit my guilt in full…committing the murders, I was guided by my inner convictions."
The mass murderer told police he wanted to "cleanse" the streets of "prostitutes".
According to reports, Popkov committed at least 47 murders between 1994 and 2012 in Angarsk, in Russia – but officers suspect the death toll could be as high as 81.
Senior investigator Andrei Bunayev said: "The investigation will be very long because there are a lot of cases.
"He names the places where bodies are hidden.
"We find these bodies, and check his involvement.
A part-time builder and DJ who raped two young girls repeatedly for years has been jailed.
Three suspected robbers and serial rapists have been arrested by Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives at Charity Bus Stop in Oshodi, Lagos.
Sunday John, 27, Saviour Daniel, 23, and 17-year-old boy were arrested by RRS Decoy Team.
John was said to have confessed that he led three other members of his gang to rape nine women in two weeks.
The suspect, a bus conductor in Oshodi, hails from Akwa-Ibom State. He said a 17-year-old boy is a member of his gang.
A statement by RRS said John’s colleague, Daniel Olayemi, 18, was arrested on Tuesday while fighting with some boys over a stolen Samsung tablet in Oshodi.
It said Olayemi told his interrogators that he stole the tablet from a woman that they gang raped at Charity Bus stop.
This prompted the RRS’ early morning raid of Charity Bus Stop, where three other members of the gang were arrested.
According to Olayemi, the gang robbed 12 passersby and raped no fewer than nine women in the bush at Charity Bus Stop.
He said: “I have followed him to more than 12 operations. We were always operating at Charity Bus Stop between 4am and 5:40am. Our last operation was on a woman of about 57 years old. She was passing by Charity Bus Stop. I snatched her hand bag and disappeared into the bush. I came out of the bush to see the three others having sex with the woman. I hid the best of the three phones I found in her bag. I disclosed to them that I saw two small phones and N8,000 in the bag.
“We had in a similar circumstance days before, raped a 42-year-old woman at the same spot when we didn’t see any valuable from her bag. We took turns to rape her, then, we allowed her to go.
“In all the rape cases, John takes the initiative and the lead. He dragged the women into the bush before calling us to take our turns. He is the leader of the gang. None of us dare challenge him. He doesn’t share with us whatever we made from the robberies. That was why I stole the Samsung tablet from that woman.
“We also robbed men too. I participated in the robbery of about three men at the Charity Busstop. In all the instances, John took a lead, seizing the victims and dragging them into the bush where we either raped or took their valuables.”
Daniel said: “I didn’t partake in all the raping. I was only involved on three occasions. John was the one who dragged them into the bush and undressed them. He took the lead and ordered us to take turns.
“He is our leader. He is stronger than us and he instructed us to have sex with them. Whenever, he is exhausted, he ordered us to take our turns. I go after him. It is the youngest of us, Olayemi that came last. At times, they distanced themselves whenever we were taking turns”.
John said: “In the last two weeks, we had robbed and dragged nine women between the ages of 27 and 57 into the bush and raped them.
“We took turns to rape them. While our primary aim was to steal their valuables, I have been raping most of them after robbing them. It is true that it has been my idea but we have all been doing it together.
“After robbing the women, I drag them into the nearby bush. If they are younger women, I carry her into the bush. Like the about 24-year-old I carried into the bush two weeks ago.
“After taking our turns on her, they (colleagues) all ran away. They took all she had on her. When they were gone, all her dress was all messed up. I took her to where she cleaned up. She couldn’t even find her shoes. I got new set of slippers for her before I gave her N500 transport fare, and took her to where she boarded a bus to Iyana Ipaja.
“Whenever, we take a woman, we normally rape them but not all women. Most of those we raped were between 24 years and late 50s, like a mama we raped last Sunday, she was in her late 50s.
“We are not the only gang that operate there. I know of about three other gangs that rob there. Some groups of boys come from Agbado and Agege to operate at Charity Bus Stop. They operate in the evening”.
The decoy team is on the lookout for the other gangs.
Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP), said the suspects have given out vital information that would lead to the arrest of others.
The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID) at Panti, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.
Accused serial rapist Joseph Beaty walked out of his house and immediately found himself in handcuffs Friday afternoon.
HE has been dubbed the night stalker.
In late 2015, as south east Queensland entered the first of its characteristically stifling warmer months, a predatory rapist seized the literal open windows of opportunity the summer months presented.
Between late November and March the following year, he chose the quiet darkness of the very late night or early morning to break into four homes, where inside, women he did not know were asleep and alone.
He then subjected each one to the stuff of nightmares.
They were not his first victims.
According to criminal profiler Wayne Petherick, they are also unlikely to be his last.
Despite the formation of a major criminal taskforce, Operation Melya, last year to investigate the man's string of sexual crimes, he remains on the loose.
As he has been since his first suspected attack on a woman in aged her 30s, on the Gold Coast on December 5, 2005.
Until last year, the man's decade of offending had been sporadic.
The summer of 2015/16 represented a dramatic escalation in the frequency of his attacks.
But as suddenly as he escalated, he stopped.
When police launched the public appeal to find him, the attacks ceased and his identity, one year on, remains a mystery.
When announcing the establishment of Operation Melya in April last year, Superintendent David Hutchinson said the same man was suspected of being behind eight strikingly similar attacks.
Six of them came on the northern Gold Coast, two more less than an hour away, in southern Brisbane and Logan.
Four had been conclusively tied to one man by DNA evidence, but in each of the eight cases identified, the rapist's modus operandi was terrifyingly similar.
Women, usually home alone, would either be woken by, or unexpectedly confront, an intruder.
After his first suspected attack in 2005, it would be three years before the man would rape again.
This time, there were two attacks, six months apart, in Southport and its neighbouring suburb, Coombabah, in 2008.
It would be seven years before the next one, also in Southport, in August 2015.
This attack, however, marked the beginning of the escalation in frequency.
Just three months later, he struck again, on November 26, the start of four almost monthly home invasions that ceased on March 28, 2016.
Criminal psychologist Dr Petherick, associate professor of criminology at Bond University, told news.com.au though the man had gone to ground, history shows that serial offenders who are not apprehended usually end up offending again.
When announcing the hunt, Superintendent Hutchinson said he believed a member of the public held the key to solving the crime.
"We have a large taskforce of detectives looking to identify this person, all we need is that one piece of information," he said.
"I'm sure there is a member of the public out there who will have some suspicions about a person and all we need is a name. It's all we need."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers, anonymously if they wish, on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au