Kazan double murder suspect confesses
Police have detained a man accused of involvement in the murder of two women in Kazan, the capital of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan, the local Interior Ministry said in a press release on Friday. The 38 year-old suspect has already confessed to writing the words "Free Pussy Riot" in blood on the wall after killing the women in order to feign a ritual murder and to mislead the police, the Russian Investigative Committee told Interfax. The man's name is Igor Danilevsky, according to the Investigative Committee.
The man said that before leaving the scene, in order to clear himself of suspicion, he placed the bodies in a special way and scrawled "Free Pussy Riot" with the women's blood on the wall," the Investigative Committee said.
"The double murder suspect was detained by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department of Tatarstan's Interior Ministry early on August 31. He has been identified as a 38-year-old Kazan university teacher with a Ph.D degree," it said.
According to the detained man, he used to study together with the younger of the victims and was on friendly terms with her. Furthermore, the man persuaded the woman to pay off some of his debt by taking up bank loans worth several hundred thousand rubles.
Lacking the money to repay his debts, the suspect fakes romantic feelings toward the woman, sent her sms-messages and asked her to spend their vacations at a sea resort together. The murder was committed following a row on August 22, when the man told his victim that their trip would not take place.
"According to the suspect, the women started to insult him at a certain point, causing him to lose his temper. The man snatched a knife and stabbed his victim in the neck, after which he stabbed her many times, resulting in her death. The woman's mother entered the room at that moment. The man inflicted several lethal knife wounds on the elderly woman in order to leave no witnesses," the ministry said.
In an effort to distract any suspicion, the man attempted to fake a ritual killing by positioning the victims' bodies to resemble the figure 69 and writing "Free Pussy Riot" in English on the apartment wall, it said. The suspect then stole his "I own you" note, the knife he used to kill the women, 100,000 rubles and two mobile phones from the apartment.
The man lives in a rented apartment on Kazan's Chuikov Street together with his parents, hiding from numerous creditors, the ministry said. The stolen mobile phones, knife and "I owe you" note were found by police on the balcony of the apartment, it said.