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Sasha Spesivtsev

Alexander "Sasha" Spesivtsev
Background information
Born: March 1, 1970 (1970-03-01) (age 39)
Novokuznetsk, Russia
Number of victims: 20+
Span of killings: 1991–1996
Country: Russia
Date apprehended: 1996

Alexander Nikolayevich Spesivtsev (Russian: Александр Николаевич Спесивцев) (born March 1, 1970), also referred to as Sasha Spesivtsev, is a Russian serial killer who practised cannibalism on his victims. His crimes were discovered by chance in 1996.

Early life

He was born in the Siberian town of Novokuznetsk, and was raised in an abusive home, with a violent father who tortured the whole family. As an adult, he murdered his girlfriend and was committed to a psychiatric institution, from which he was later released. He subsequently shared a flat with his mother, Ludmilla, and with his Dobermann.


In 1996, a pipe breakage forced the neighbours to call a plumber; the problem was determined to be in the Spesivtsev apartment. The plumber had the door opened by force, since no one was answering the knock.

When authorities entered the flat they saw blood covering the walls. In the kitchen there were bowls with pieces of human bodies. In the bathtub they found a mutilated, headless body. Olga Galtseva was found, also mutilated but still alive, on the sofa. She was taken to a hospital, where she was able to tell the public prosecutor about what had happened. She died seventeen hours later.

Spesivtsev's mother had lured three girls into the flat, where he then raped and beat them. He killed one of the girls, and forced the other two to cut her into pieces in the bathtub. The mother cooked her body parts for dinner. The second girl was killed by the Dobermann. Spesivtsev escaped over the balcony when he heard someone opening the door. He was later captured while attempting to rape a woman in her own apartment.

The police found a diary which detailed the murders of 19 girls. Spesivtsev is generally suspected of having been responsible for over a dozen other deaths, but Russian authorities lack the funds to successfully investigate those cases.


Spesivtsev was declared guilty in all 19 cases and sentenced to death. He was later declared insane and put into a special psychiatric hospital in Kamyshin; Ludmilla Spesivtseva denied any involvement, but was convicted as an accomplice and sentenced to life in prison.

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