MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti) – Police in Moscow said Monday that they have discovered the mutilated remains of a woman near a park made infamous by a five-year murder spree by a man dubbed the “Chessboard Killer.”
The woman, who police said was in her 20s, showed signs of a violent death and was missing her hair, an ear and had sustained several injuries to the neck and other parts of the body.
The body was found Sunday wrapped in adhesive tape and packed into a cardboard box, police said. The killing appears to have taken place the day before.
Police say they retrieved a note from the victim’s pocket that they say appeared to identify the perpetrator of the killing. The woman wrote in the note that her attacker had raped her multiple times, police said.
Bitsa Park, a sprawling natural area in southern Moscow, was where Alexander Pichushkin killed most of his 49 known victims between 2001 and 2006. Pichushkin, who was said to keep count of people he killed on a chessboard, which consists of 64 places, used to lure his victims into the woods and ply them with vodka before battering them to death. He was sentenced to life in prison in October 2007.
The body of another woman with two severed fingers was found in Bitsa Park in August.