Monday, August 20, 2007

The Chess Killer

We always knew that Russians loved chess. The greatest Grandmasters are of course Russian. As is the last human player to ever consistently beat the supercomputers.

When everything else fell apart socially, politically and economically, Russia still had their love of chess. But this might be taking things too far.

The serial killer charted his crimes on a chessboard, attaching a number and a coin to each square every time he struck. By the time he was caught, Alexander Pichushkin had filled in 62 of the 64 squares.

Most of the victims were elderly men whom 33-year-old Pichushkin lured to Bittsa Park in south- west Moscow with the promise of a drink. More than 40 died after he threw them into a sewage pit when they were too drunk to resist. The rest he killed with a hammer.

This is so messed up. When he’s in jail with the other serial killers, I bet they’re going to make fun of him for playing chess. He’s never going to hear the end of it from the preppy and the football serial killers.


Anonymous said...

Wow, this reminds me of a movie called "Knight Moves". In it, the guy who played the Highlander is a chess master who solves a crime in which the killer is using the city as a large chess board!

You are right, a mass murderer who plays bacci ball gets much more respect! Chess, not so much.

Paul said...

I only hope in the movie, the killer calls the cops mere pawns in his game. And when the cops finally catch him, they say checkmate, before they read him his Miranda rights.

Maybe this real-life guy was imitating the movie? If only he’d watched Goonies instead.