When An Alcoholic Turns Into a Killer

Irina Gaidamachuk, dubbed “Satan in a Skirt,” was responsible for the death of 17 elderly over an eight-year reign of terror.

Mr. K

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Irina Gaidamachuk. Photos credits: dailymail.co.uk

Irina Gaidamachuk, a 41-year-old mother of two who lived in the isolated Urals village of Krasnovfimsk, had a voracious appetite for vodka. However, her husband Yuri refused to give her money to purchase the drink. As a result, Irina chose to earn it herself.

Irina was born on 22 May 1972 in the town of Nyagan, Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, USSR. At a young age, she developed an addiction to alcohol, and her parents were subsequently deprived of parental responsibility.

Irina came to Krasnoufimsk in 1990 when she was 18 years old, where she met her future husband, Yuri, with whom she eventually had two children. However, Irina’s constant drinking strained the relationship. Eventually, Yuri became tired of her having an easy life by spending all the money he gave her on drinking. He refused to give her any more money. Irina had become desperate for her addiction, and she had resorted to horrible ways.

Irina began murdering elderly ladies in and around Sverdlovsk Oblast starting in 2002. She would pose as a social worker in order to obtain entry to the women’s houses, where she would murder them with an axe or a hammer before robbing the house of whatever money she could find. She would kill for as little as £20 on occasion. According to authorities, she only collected a total of approximately £1,000 from her victims in all of her murders.

It was not uncommon for Irina to set fire to the victim’s home in an attempt to conceal her activities, and she would occasionally attempt to make the fire appear to be an accident.

Police were able to link the killings together, but the inquiry was slow and lacking a large number of potential leads. “We were under the impression that only a man could be so vicious as to murder in this manner,” a police source remarked at the time.

After originally believing a man was responsible, police were eventually able to develop an artist impression of the serial killer, left, and Irina Gaidamachuk, right, before her arrest. Photo credits: http://murderpedia.org/

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