Alexander Pichushkin Biography

Alexander Yuryevich Pichushkin, also known as The Chessboard Killer and the Bista Park Maniac, is a Russian serial killer who is believed to have killed between 50-60 people. Despite enduring a difficult childhood and facing bullying during his school days, Pichushkin’s life took a turn when his grandfather discovered his exceptional intelligence and taught him how to play chess. Alongside his chess prowess, he also experienced violent urges that led him to harm others. Pichushkin’s first murder occurred in 1992, and he continued to kill prolifically over the next decade, even competing with another notorious serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo. His victims were primarily homeless elderly men, whom he lured with promises of free vodka. Eventually apprehended, Pichushkin was found guilty of 49 murders and three attempted murders, resulting in a life imprisonment sentence.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Alexander Yuryevich Pichushkin
  • Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Males
  • Serial Killers
  • Russian Men


Alexander Pichushkin committed his first murder in 1992, when he pushed a child out of the window. Later, he said that just like his first love, his first murder was also unforgettable.

In the early 2000s, he began murdering again. He started killing people in Moscow’s Bittsevsky Park. He used to target the elderly and the destitute, by luring them with offers of free vodka to drink at his dead dog’s grave. He used to repeatedly hit his victims’ heads with a hammer. He would also push a vodka bottle into the gaping wound in their skulls, which became his trademark. Often, in order to conceal the bodies, he threw his victims into a sewer, some while they were still alive.

His targets also included younger men and women. Later he claimed that killing his victims made him feel like God since he could decide whether they would live or not. His brutality increased as time progressed and his confidence grew. He eventually left the bodies in the open to be discovered, and also left broken vodka bottles sticking out of the skulls of some of his victims.

During the spring of 2006, he killed Marina Moskalyova, who would be his last victim. Her body was found with a metro ticket in its possession, which led authorities to review surveillance tapes from the Moscow metro system. She was seen walking on the platform along with Pichushkin.

He was arrested on 16th June 2006, and was eventually convicted in October the following year. He was found guilty of 49 murders and three attempted murders. However, he confessed to have killed eleven more.

He was housed in a glass cage during his trial for his own protection. Judge Vladimir Usov sentenced him to life imprisonment with 15 years in solitary confinement. During his confession, which was aired on television, he claimed that his need to kill was similar to other people’s need for food.

Personal Life

Alexander Pichushkin was born on 9th April 1974 in Moscow. His parents divorced when he was quite young and he grew up without a father figure to guide him. His childhood was a difficult and troubled one. At an early age, he suffered a head injury and brain damage. He was then transferred from a mainstream school to a school for the disabled, as he was being bullied. Later it was found that this injury had damaged a significant part of his brain which led to tendencies of aggression.

Pichushkin was quite close to his maternal grandfather who recognized his intelligence and introduced him to chess. He became an exceptional player and found a way to channel his aggression by dominating the chessboard. The death of his beloved grandfather affected him deeply and he became aggressive and violent towards others soon after.

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