Police officer rapes and kills 22 sex workers to clean the streets of prostitutionBy Mason White 4:22 PM April 14, 2015
By: Feng Qian
A police officer admitted to raping and killing prostitutes in his squad car.
50-year-old Mikhail Popkov of Russia, admitted to raping and killing 22 women by luring them into his police car.
He brutally killed the women by using a number of different weapons, including axes, knives and screwdrivers, before raping their bodies.
Popkov targeted sex workers and said that his motive was to cleanse his hometown of Angarsk from prostitutes.
Despite the fact that he pleaded guilty and being sentenced to life in prison, his 48-year-old wife said that she still loves him.
“We have been married for 28 years. If I suspected that he did something wrong, I would have divorced him,” Elena Popkov said.
“I support him, I believe him. If he were to be released right now, I would continue to live with him,” she added.
Popkov maintained his innocence to his wife and daughter. According to his wife, Popkov told her and their daughter Katya: “you understand that all these allegations are fairy tales. It is the system and I have worked within it.”
His wife and daughter believe him and stand by him despite the fact that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.