Serhiy Tkach

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Serhiy Tkach
Born (1952-09-15) September 15, 1952 (age 61)[1]
Kiselyovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[2]
Other names "Pologovsky Maniac"[3]
Criminal penalty
Life imprisonment
Victims 36 confirmed, 70-130 + claimed[3]
Span of killings
1984 (possibly 1980)[3]–2005[3]
Country Soviet Union
Date apprehended
August 2005[3]

Serhiy Fedorovich Tkach (Ukrainian: Сергій Федорович Ткач, Russian: Серге́й Фёдорович Ткач; born 15 September 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 eight 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 over more than two decades.[3] Over the years, nine people had been wrongly jailed for some of the murders of which Tkach was found guilty. One of the men wrongly accused killed himself.[3] Another was not released until March 2012.[5]

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  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 i j 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)