Mar­ried to a mur­derer!

TH­ESE WOMEN HAVE ALL FALLEN IN LOVE WITH KILLERS

New Idea - - Contents - By Emma Levett

IN LOVE WITH THE CHESS­BOARD KILLER

He’s one of the world’s most grue­some killers, serv­ing life in prison for mur­der­ing at least 48 men, women and chil­dren.

Rus­sia’s Alexan­der Pichushkin, 43, bat­tered most of his vic­tims to death us­ing a ham­mer – leav­ing them with a bot­tle wedged in their cracked skull as a sick call­ing card.

De­spite, or per­haps be­cause of, his in­famy, he has long re­ceived let­ters from women in­trigued by him – but 30-yearold chil­dren’s shop worker Natalya has won a spe­cial place in his heart. The pair say they are en­gaged and she even calls her­self Natalya Pichushkin, as if they are al­ready mar­ried.

‘I love him more than life it­self,’ she says of the man known as the ‘chess­board killer’,

be­cause of his aim to mur­der one vic­tim for each square on a stan­dard chess­board.

Natalya started writ­ing to him when she was just 22.

‘I man­aged to get rid – psy­cho­log­i­cally – of my thoughts that I was deal­ing with a ma­niac. And I loved what I see be­hind this,’ she says.

Now 30 and keen for a baby, her first choice of fa­ther would be Pichushkin, but she knows this is un­likely.

‘It’s not a prob­lem to find a sperm donor,’ she says.

Us­ing the pet name Sasha for the killer, she goes on: ‘Sasha un­der­stands all this and sup­ports me. I will al­ways be­long to Sasha.’

In 2007, Pichushkin was con­victed of killing at least 48 peo­ple and was sen­tenced to life in prison, with 15 years in soli­tary con­fine­ment.

In 2014, Natalya posed in a wed­ding dress for a doc­u­men­tary as a sign of her love for ‘Sasha’.

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