In Russia the surname of Chikatilo is a synonym of “serial killer”. According to different sources he was convicted of 46 to 53 murders. Less known is the figure of Alexander Spesivtsev (born in 1970), suspected to have “harvested” 82 lives, though he was only confirmed to have killed and eaten 19 people.
Unlike Chikatilo, who was executed in 1994, Alexander Spesivtsev was pronounced insane and is currently being treated in a mental institution.
The name of “cannibal from Novokuznetsk” pops up in Russian media every time when a new psychiatric commission considers whether Spesivtsev still poses a serious threat to society.
Hopefully, doctors will not repeat the mistake of 18 years ago when they released Spesivtsev from the psychiatric hospital after his first murder…
Alexander Spesivtsev, a typical serial killer
[Translated from Russian Wikipedia article]
Alexander (Sasha) Spesivtsev was born underweight. In childhood he was often sick. Until 12 years old he slept in his mother’s bed.
In school Sasha didn’t have friends. He was bullied by peers and dreamed to avenge them one day.
Alexander’s mother, Ludmila Spesivtseva, worked as a court assistant. She was used to bring home the files of criminal cases and together with her son watch the pictures of corpses.
In 1991 Alexander met Yevgenia, who became his girlfriend. One time, however, he beat her and she decided to break up. Spesivtsev couldn’t accept it and forcefully locked Yevgenia in his apartment, where he was torturing her for one month. The girl, whose body covered with festering sores, died from sepsis.
Instead of prison Spesivtsev was sent to a psychiatric clinic with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. 3 years later with the signs of remission he was discharged from the hospital.
After coming back home, Spesivtsev liked to spend time at the train station in the company of homeless, beggars and drunks. There he met his new victim Yelena. He brought the girl home, brutally tortured her and eventually killed.
The next victim was also Yelena, whom Spesivtsev killed in the same way. He would turn on loud music and the neighbors who overheard the horrible screams from his apartment, would not call police since they thought that it was the schizophrenic Spesivtsev yelling himself.
After that the maniac switched to kids.
Spesivtsev found five children playing at the construction site. He treated them with cigarettes and offered to rob his own apartment. When Spesivtsev slammed the door behind the kids, they started crying. He mercilessly killed all five children with a knife and placed their bodies in his bedroom.
Ludmila Spesivtseva came to the apartment about a week later and… helped her son to get rid of the dismembered bodies. Since then she became her son’s loyal assistant.
Mother herself brought the last three victims to her beloved Sasha.
First, Spesivtsev killed one girl and made the other two help to dismember her. Then he killed the second victim and forced the girl who stayed alive to eat the soup cooked from the meat of her friend, while the bones he fed to his dog.
The maniac was caught by accident. Prior to the winter heating season, employees of the public utilities services had to visit every apartment in the building. Spesivtsev refused to open the door claiming that he was mentally ill and locked inside by his mother.
Engineers felt suspicious odor from the apartment. They called the police precinct and broke down the door. Inside they saw the terrible picture. In the bath investigators found a girl’s torso with no arms and legs and severed head in the tank.
The third girl was still alive and gave a detailed testimony, but later she died in hospital.
The exact number of victims has never been established. During the search, investigators found about 40 different jewelry sets and 82 sets of blood-stained clothing and shoes, as well as photographs of unknown children in nude. Not all items were identified by the relatives of children killed by Spesivtsev.
Will Spesivtsev be released?
[From Komsomolskaya Pravda]
The cannibal Spesivtsev was not sentenced to death penalty and not to life imprisonment (even though in one case of murder he was found to be sane). He was sentenced to forced treatment.
But all these years Spesivtsev continues to deny his guilt and his diagnosis. To everyone in the hospital he is saying that the victim in that case was him.
When someone asks him – “You killed and ate those people, right?”, he always shows surprise – “Me?”
There is always the chance that one day he might be released. As one source said:
- Does he have to be treated forever in hospital?
Moreover, the terms of the special program of the Healthcare Ministry, according to which 750,000 patients of the special hospitals should be released for the outpatient treatment during 2007-2011, are over.