Serhiy Tkach

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Serhiy Tkach
Born (1952-09-12) September 12, 1952 (age 62)[1]
Kiselyovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[2]
Other names Pologovsky Maniac[3]
Criminal penalty
Life imprisonment
Victims 36 confirmed, 100+ claimed[3]
Span of killings
Country Soviet Union
Date apprehended
August 2005[3]

Serhiy Fedorovich Tkach (Ukrainian: Сергій Федорович Ткач, Russian: Серге́й Фёдорович Ткач; born September 12, 1952) is a former Ukrainian police criminal investigator, originally from Russia, and a convicted serial killer who claimed to have killed 100 people.[3][4] He suffocated girls aged between 8 and 18 and performed sexual acts on their bodies after they were dead.[3] Although Tkach admitted his crimes and demanded the death penalty, after a one-year trial, a tribunal in Dnipropetrovsk sentenced him to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of 36 women and girls over more than two decades.[3]

Over the years, nine men were wrongly jailed for some of the murders of which Tkach was found guilty. One of the men wrongly accused committed suicide.[3] Another was not released until March 2012.[5]


  1. ^ Превзойти Чикатило. А film from Russian criminal documentary TV series Следствие вели...
  2. ^ Я зверь, а не человек! (in Russian). 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Elder, Miriam (24 Dec 2008). "Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering 36 women". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  4. ^ "BBC News: Serial killer jailed in Ukraine". 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  5. ^ Innocent Man Spends 7 Years In Prison, Kyiv Post (12 April 2012)