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FREE BOOK ô The Killer Department: Detective Viktor Burakov's Eight-Year Hunt for the Most Savage Serial Killer in Russian History ô This Is A Chilling Tale Of One Man S Savage Need To Kill And Another S Sworn Determination To Stop Him They Found The First Body In , In The Woods Near Rostov On Don A Young Girl, Lying Faceup With Her Skeletal Hands Raised Near Her Head As If Trying To Fend Someone Off Over The Next Eight Years, Fifty Two Bodies Were Found In And Around Rostov, A River City Miles South Of Moscow The Victims Had Been Savagely Slashed With A Knife, With Their Eyes Gouged Out, Their Sexual Organs Excised, Their Bodies Spattered With The Killer S Semen As The Body Count Mounted, A Remarkable Rostov Detective, Viktor Burakov, Became Obsessed With Hunting Down The Killer He Faced Formidable Odds Archaic Attitudes Toward Sex Crimes And The Nightmarish Maze Of The Soviet System Produced An Extraordinary Range Of False Leads And Bizarre Theories A Satanic Cult Had Formed, The Murders Were The Work Of A Gang Of Mentally Retarded Boys, The Killer Must Be A Doctor, Because The Sexual Organs Of The Victims Had Been Carved Out With Surgical Precision The Investigations Of These Hypotheses Disrupted The Lives Of Rostov S Citizens Most Particularly Homosexuals, Who Came Under Suspicion When Young Boys Began To Number Among The Slaughtered Haunted By Specters Of The Brutally Murdered Victims, Burakov Took A Startling Route For A Soviet Detective He Turned Secretly To A Psychiatrist An Expert On Transsexualism Who Produced A Psychological Profile Of The Killer That Proved To Be Eerily Accurate When Andrei Chikatilo A Family Man, Member Of The Communist Party, And Former Schoolteacher Was Finally Hunted Down And Captured I m a particular fan of true crime books, especially about serial killings, and I find it fascinating digging into the psychology of how and why a person would commit such crimes, as well as how he it s usually always a man was eventually caught after an often long investigation.Wicked Beyond Belief, Helter Skelter, Fred and Rose, and Killing For Company are personal favourites, as well as Zodiac The Killer Department, a book and case I hadn t heard about before this, is now added to that list.I won t rehash the synopsis here, I ll just tell you that it s perhaps one of the depressing and riveting serial killer books I ve read Robert Cullen dives deeply into the extremely flawed Soviet criminal investigation, revealing missed opportunities, lazy investigators, archaic methods and outdated systems, as well as how this person could come to commit such shocking crimes.The murders themselves are disturbing, both in physical description and the ease in which the murderer could pick so many victims and get away with it It makes for a thrilling read in wanting to find out how they eventually caught him I find it best to not read much at all about the case beforehand.In summary, The Killer Department is a compact less than 300 pages , savage, engrossing and very well written book about how a repressed society can harvest such a disturbing individual and how he could continue such violent acts for eight years Highly recommended for readers interested in serial killers, criminal investigations and 1980s Soviet Union society. This book details the manhunt for the Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo What the book reveals about the soviet legal system is almost as frightening as the horrific murders perpetrated by Chikatilo a number of innocents perished as a result of shoddy and criminal investigative and judicial practices Mr Cullen took the time do do some research and interview some of the principals involved this is not a hastily crafted story scribbled in haste to capitalize on a sensational story One pressing question remains after reading of the malfunctioning soviet system why in hell were we afraid of these guys
I watched the movie version in HBO I am hoping I can read the book as soon as i can find a copy. I picked up this book in anticipation of HBO s new miniseries Chernobyl. What does a book about the hunt for a serial killer have to do with a disaster film about averting a nuclear apocalypse Quite a lot actually Both have as their setting the final years of the Soviet Union and both focus on the absurdities and failings that led to that state s collapse.There are a lot of true crime stories out there but this book has two factors that really make it stand out One is the unique setting, as I mentioned above and will mention again, and the other is the focus on the investigators rather than the killer To me one of the disgusting elements of true crime nonfiction, aside from the sensationalism, is the way that the so often choose to tell their story through the killer s viewpoint The killer s background obviously needs to be given in detail, but making them essentially the protagonist is rewarding gross criminal behavior But here we don t even meet the killer until near the end, and while we do get a potted backstory it s a necessary bit of analysis to explain the facts of the case and not a sensationalized case of near hero worship.The lead character in this book is Viktor Burakov, the chief investigator of the case Anyone who s seen HBO s Citizen X which is based on this book will recognize the name if not the personality The film treats him as a somewhat passive rationalist who s fed up with Soviet bureaucracy and fundamentally sympathetic to the weak in society The truth is naturally complicated The real Burakov was almost the ideal Soviet man He was a loyal, hardworking, and hardfighting Communist of peasant stock who credited the government for his opportunities He remained rather unsympathetic towards minority groups particularly those who mistrusted the police and believed in obedience to higher authority Or at least doing just enough following of orders to avoid running foul of any contradictory orders About the only area where he stood out was his curiosity and willingness to seek out knowledge even where it meant admitting his own ignorance.The details of the case unfold before us as they did for him There s very little foreshadowing of the actual killer s activities during this time and while the book is obviously picking and choosing what facts to present to us there are than enough red herrings and dead ends to keep us guessing I know something about the case as I said I saw the movie but I was consistently impressed at how the book pushed us down blind alleys or tangents in ways that seemed like a logical progression of the investigation.But really, the fascination here is the Soviet justice system and daily life The biggest obstacle that the detectives face is that the police militya didn t really know how to do much than beat a confession out of suspects Imagine bully boys trying to catch a serial killer But while hardly fair, the state isn t quite the arbitrary dictatorial system it s often portrayed as There are laws Far too many laws And they are often similar to Western laws, although the differences are interesting For example, you aren t given legal representation until after the case is assembled against you And your lawyer s main purpose is to protect the state, not you, for which task he can t even call his own experts to the stand The confession is an article of faith and the foundation of an investigation not the conclusion.And then there are the laws that make it illegal to hold a suspect than ten days I would never have imagine such a law existed Or that the police kept to it though I imagine the KGB had different standards Of course, like a lot of Soviet laws the good intentions only seemed to make the situation worse Suspects were regularly charged with some minor crime that was universally disobeyed and then thrown in prison for years while the police assembled a case against them And if the case fell apart that didn t affect your sentence at all The Russian attitude towards justice seems deeply disturbing that collateral damage is inevitable and should never get in the way of a speedy resolution Five people committed suicide due to this case, several were imprisoned for years, and one innocent man was executed Which all apart from the execution really earns not much than a shrug from those involved These things happen We caught the guy didn t we Sure, after ten years.The main takeaway here is that the Soviet militya were a rotten and incompetent bunch Dozens of children s lives could have been saved from the cruelest of deaths if the State biologists hadn t been so incompetent as to be unable to accurately determine blood type Or if authorities hadn t been intent on covering up shameful incidents than punishing the guilty Or if it hadn t been impossible to fire incompetent or lazy detectives Or if the press and public had actually been informed that they had a serial killer in their midst All criminal investigations will have moments of bad luck and incompetence but it seems like a miracle that they actually caught this guy at all It only cost than fifty children s lives.I found the book and the case in general fascinating Modern forensic investigations are impressive, but they re also formulaic and a little boring to read about The point on the cusp of modernity where the procedures were still being worked out and seemed frankly preposterous were the most interesting And while this case is only thirty years old the backwards Soviet state makes the investigation much of a challenge than it needed to be And its the challenges that makes a mystery interesting The author spent many years during this period in Russia working as a reporter so his account just brims with detailed knowledge and experiences His main sources are the detectives themselves, and while this may mean we get an overly favorable account of their investigation he doesn t pull his punches either Indeed, I was rather impressed by the way he captured both how familiar and alien Soviet life was These guys lived in a poverty and isolation we can t even imagine and the horrors of the Second World War and the Stalinist purges, which seem safely in the past now, were events these men lived through.There s a book based on the case called Child 44 which a lot of people seem to like, but having seen the movie I don t have much interest in It was universally derided as a terrible adaptation but if there s any residue of the book in there at all it hits all the sensationalist features admittedly appropriate in a Stalinist setting I was so pleased this book avoided.