A Russian man, dubbed the “chessboard killer” by local media, has been given life in prison for the murders of 48 people. Alexander Pichushkin was given his nickname after saying in a confession that he had hoped to put a coin on every square of a 64-square chessboard for each of his victims. His claims of having killed 63 people are still being investigated by the police. In court the former supermarket worker said he felt like God as he decided whether his victims should live or die.
The murders were committed in a park in Moscow. Pichushkin lured his victims with offers of vodka before smashing their skulls and throwing them into a sewage canal.