1978 (age 40–41)|
|Conviction(s)||Mey 12, 2005|
|Victims||13, possibly 38|
Span o killins
Petrovs, the son o a prominent medical doctor, haed been hameless for several years. Initially held in connection wi the murthers o five weemen in Februar 2003, he later confessed tae killin mair nor thirty weemen. He wis initially chairgit wi 38 murthers, 8 attemptit murthers, an a nummer o theft an robberies, maistly involvin elderly female residents o Riga, Latvie atween 2000 an 2003. Housomeivver, authorities anerlie pursued chairges in the daiths o 13 o the victims due tae a lack o forensic evidence in the ither cases.
Petrovs, who haed a previous conviction for theft in 1998, maintained efter his reest an durin his 2005 trial that he haed no "intendit tae kill his victims, but anerlie tae rob them." Petrovs strangled the weemen efter follaein them hame an forcibly enterin thair apairtments or posin as a Latvijas gāze (state gas company) employee. Petrovs stole an estimatit 18,000 lats (26,000 euros) in guids an money frae his victims.
Efter his conviction, Petrovs apologisit tae his victims' faimilies in court an asked for thair forgiveness. "A canna return the victims tae life bi wirds, but A wish they wur still alive, that naething haed happened..."