Anatoliy Onoprienko (Ukrainian: Анатолій Онопрієнко, born July 25, 1959 in village Laski of Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian serial
killer. He is also known by the nicknames "The Beast of Ukraine", "The Terminator" and "Citizen O". After police arrested the 37-year-old
Anatoly Onoprienko was the younger of two sons; his brother Valentine was 13 years his senior. His father,
Jury Onoprienko, participated in the Second World War and was awarded for bravery. When Anatoly was 3
years old his mother died. He was cared for by his grandparents and aunt for a time before being handed over
his destiny - as he said, 70% of graduates of children's homes go to prison.
Onoprienko was carrying a hunting rifle that matched the murder weapon in several of the killings and had
immediately confessed to eight killings between 1989 to 1995. At first, he denied other charges, but soon
admitted to being the murderer of 52 victims in a six-year killing spree. While in custody, he claimed that his
killing spree was commanded by inner voices he kept hearing. As well, the locations Onoprienko chose for the
murders formed a cross on a map of Ukraine.
The killings followed a set pattern. He chose an isolated house, shot everyone inside, including children, and
rampages. The first to die were a family of four in Bratkovychi. Another family of five and two Bratkovychi, he
then moved to other villages to continue killing.
Capture and conviction
26-year-old Yury Mozola as a suspect of several brutal murders. Over the course of three days, six SBU
members and one representative of Public Prosecutor's Office tortured (burning, electric shocking and
beating) the arrested citizen. Mozola refused to confess to the crimes and died during the torture. Seven
responsible for the death were sentenced to prison terms. Seventeen days later, the real murderer, Anatoly
Onoprienko, was found after a massive manhunt, seven years after his first murder. This happened after he
moved in with one of his relatives and his stash of weapons was discovered. Anatoly was quickly booted out
of the house. Days later, from the information received, Anatoly was captured.
Onopriyenko murdered 43 victims in 6 months in 1995-1996. He was sentenced to death on March 31, 1999,
but due to Ukraine's intention to join the European Union, the death sentence was commuted to life in
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