Kaliningrad serial killer commits suicide in detention center
A resident of the
Russian exclave in the Baltic Region, charged with the murder of at
least 10 girls and young women, committed suicide in a detention center,
a local prosecutor's office said Thursday.
Vladimir Romanov, a
resident of the Kaliningrad Region who worked as an independent taxi
driver, was arrested in September on suspicion of committing a series of
murders between 2001 and 2005.
At least 10 girls and
young women, aged 11-20, were found dead in four districts of the
region. "Vladimir Romanov, 56, accused of killing 10 girls, committed
suicide in the pre-trial detention center," a prosecutor's office
spokesman said. "He hanged himself late last night, October 11, in a
suspected killer, who previously served a prison term for raping a young
girl, was arrested on a tip from the father of one of his victims, who
managed to escape. The spokesman said that Romanov attempted suicide
even before prosecutors filed charges against him, and that prison
officials were instructed to monitor him closely. Kaliningrad
prosecutors have launched a probe into the circumstances of the suicide,
of underage girls hangs himself on a bed sheet in prison
October 12, 2006
Romanov, a man who committed nine sex crimes in Russia’s Kaliningrad
region, hanged himself in a prison cell on a bed sheet. Spokeswoman for
the regional Office of the Public Prosecutor, Galina Biryukova, said
that the man had already attempted to commit suicide before, during the
first days after his arrest. On October 11 he made a rope of a bed sheet
and killed himself.
known as the Kaliningrad maniac who terrified the region for five years.
The manic was working as a private taxi driver. He was looking for his
victims, teenage girls, in solitary places of the city in the evening
time. Romanov, 56, killed nine underage girls and was arrested at the
end of September of this year.
of the local police department said that Vladimir Romanov’s last victim
managed to survive after the killer hit her with a hammer on the head.
The girl escaped from the maniac and memorized the number of his car.
The criminal was caught red-handed. It turned out that Romanov had
already had a criminal record before for raping an underage girl.
The suspect was
originally accused of killing six girls between 12 and 18 years of age.
The list of victims was extended with five more names on October 3.
However, prosecutors stated after the killer’s suicide that he had
committed nine sex crimes in total.
charges have been officially brought against Vladimir Romanov this week.
Having realized the severity of his crimes and the possible term of
imprisonment, the man made a rope of his bed sheet and committed suicide
in his prison cell on October 11.