When the police caught him, he confessed to the gruesome murder of 56 people and was found guilty in 1992 and executed in 1994.Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was born on October 16, 1936, in Yablochnoye, a village in the heart of rural Ukraine in the USSR.The brutal force afforded Chikatilo his sexual release, and he began to develop a pattern of attack that saw him focusing on young runaways of both sexes.He befriended them at train stations and bus stops, before luring them into nearby forest areas, where he would attack them, attempt rape and use his knife, to mutilate them.When a further 15 victims were added during the course of 1984, police efforts were increased drastically, and they mounted massive surveillance operations that canvassed most local transport hubs.
He took a job as a clerk for a raw materials factory in Rostov, where the travel involved with the position gave him unlimited access to a wide range of young victims over the next nine years. On September 3, 1981, Chikatilo strangled, stabbed and gagged her with earth and leaves to prevent her crying out.
At the time of Chikatilo's birth, the effects of the famine were still widely felt, and his early childhood was influenced by deprivation.
The situation was made worse still when the USSR entered World War II against Germany, bringing sustained bombing raids on Ukraine.
In addition to the external hardships, Chikatilo is believed to have suffered from hydrocephalus (water on the brain) at birth, which caused him genital-urinary tract problems later in life, including bed-wetting into his late adolescence and, later, the inability to sustain an erection, although he was able to ejaculate.
His home life was disrupted by his father's conscription into the war against Germany, where he was captured, held prisoner, and then vilified by his countrymen for allowing himself to be captured, when he finally returned home.
He was tried for the killing of Lena Zakotnova, and executed in 1984.