She looks like the neighborhood grandma with three cats and flowers in her yard, but 68-year-old Russian Tamara Samsonva is a serial killer, suspected of murdering her tenants for over 20 years.
Soviet police are now searching Samsonva’s diary, in which she not only penned the mundane in her life, to include drinking coffee and penning song lyrics, but also of her crimes. “I killed my tenant Volodya, cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife, put the pieces of his body in plastic bags and threw them away in the different parts of Frunzensky district” she confesses in her writing. The diary is written in several languages.
The serial killer, now dubbed “The Granny Ripper” was a former hotel employee who is now on pension. She speaks several languages and reportedly stayed in her apartment during the day, venturing outside only at night. Russia’s Investigative Committee reports the tiny, red-haired woman used poison or drugs to render her victims comatose before she hacked them up and dropped their remains in various parts of the city.
Former tenant Valentina Ulanova’s headless body was discovered buried in flowers near a pond. Samsonva, who has admitted to the murder, has refused to reveal where the woman’s head is located. Ulanova was 79 years old. Samsonva was the victim’s caregiver.
And there may be many others. A 44-year-old man rented a room from Tamara Samsonva twelve years ago. There was an argument, and the man’s body, sans legs and arms, was later discovered near the area where Valentina Ulanova’s body was found. The man’s business card was located in “The Granny Ripper’s” apartment; in her diary, she wrote of his tattoos. Samsonva admitted to the crime. In 2005, Samsonva had reported her husband as missing. He has not been seen since.
Her modus operandi was to murder people who were her tenants, dismember the bodies, and take the parts in plastic sacks out of her apartment to dump at various locations. Police are continuing their investigation as Samsonva is held in custody. She blew kisses to reporters through a glass window and clapped her hands when judge Roman Chebotaryov announced she was to be held in custody for the crimes. She told the court, “I did it to become a serial killer.”
Tamara Samsonva has a history of mental illness, is a grandmother, and now fellow tenants are coming forth with stories of the woman’s strange behavior, to include her idolizing infamous Russian serial killers. A video has been released of the woman leaving her apartment with what could “possibly” be human remains in plastic sacks and a cooking pot. Although her confession to cannibalism has yet to be released, the media is reporting she ate parts of her victims.
There are plans to exhibit the Russian serial killer’s life story at the Horrors of St Petersburg museum. Director Mikhail Aleksandr states the exhibit may be a film documentary. The museum focuses on both real and fictional horrors. St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia.