Thursday, November 17, 2022

Maria Aleksandrovna Petrova, “The Zyuzino Maniac” Serial Killer – Russia, 2002

"The Zyuzinsky Maniac": She Hated All Men

FULL TEXT (autotranslated from Russian):  This 39-year-old Muscovite, suffering from schizotypal personality disorder, managed to kill two men and injure several more, according to one version, thus Maria Petrova avenged sexual violence, which she had to repeatedly experience.

~ Assaultin the Zyuzino District ~

Maria Petrova got her nickname because of the place where she most often attacked her victims - this is the South-Western administrative district of Moscow. The investigation and the court proved two episodes of the murder of Mokvichs, regarding the number of wounded by the “Zyuzinsky maniac”, the opinions differed - the prosecutor's office insisted on four, but by the definition of the Judicial Collegium for Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court of May 15, 2003 No. 5-o03-82 one of the victims, but survivors, removed from the list of victims - the court considered that there was no conclusive evidence that it was Petrov who cut the man. Moreover, the wounded, unlike the other three, did not see who hit him and could not identify the attacker (attacker). 

Also, the Supreme Court’s ruling refused to prosecute M. A. Petrova due to her chronic mental (schizotypic) disorder - that is, Zyuzinsky Maniac could not adequately perceive her actions during the attacks. Thus, officially in this case two corpses and three, but not four wounded, as the media and bloggers wrote. In addition, in numerous publications, the surname of the first victim, allegedly Sergey Makaryev, was incorrectly indicated. The aforementioned Supreme Court ruling does not contain this name at all — neither among those killed by Petrova, nor among the wounded — IA Kamornikov and N.P. Zhabin, as wounded by the maniac, and Efimov, Chernyaev and Isaev, the wounded. The episode with Petrova’s attack on V.P. Kiselev is excluded from the list of proven.

~ Who She Is And Why She Started Stabbing Men ~

Outwardly, she is a broad-shouldered, tall, masculine woman. From childhood she went in for sports. By nature, uncommunicative and closed. It is reported that she was observed by a psychiatrist from an early age. The girl (at the time of the crimes of Petrova was 24 years old) taught physical education in one of the Moscow technical schools, where, by the way, she was well characterized, among other things, as an organizer of extracurricular sports activities (weight-lifting section), an active athlete (Petrova was fond of swimming). With men, Maria Petrova, obviously, was not lucky due to character traits (and it is possible that problems with the psyche). The main reason Zyuzinsky Maniac started attacking males with a knife was revenge for the rape by a certain young man and sexual harassment at the workplace of an elderly colleague. Allegedly, it was these two cases that prompted Maria Petrova to cruel reprisals against men completely unfamiliar to her.

~ Her Behavior ~

From March to April, the Zyuzinsk Maniac attacked men with a knife five times. Beat in the throat, stomach or back to back. The attacks took place on the street, often with witnesses. The investigation then concluded that Petrova did not care in advance about where, when, and whom exactly she would kill. I didn’t think out ways to leave and, in principle, did not develop a crime plan. She was attracted by the manic desire to kill a man at all costs, no matter under what circumstances. 

The first Muscovite I. A. Kamornikov was killed by her on March 1 near the Varshavskoye metro station. At the end of the month, stabbing N.P. Zhabina on Sivashskaya Street with knife stabs in the throat of the “Zyuzinsky Maniac”. Until the end of April of the same year, when M. A. Petrova was detained, she managed to attack three more people with a knife (these are only episodes proved by the investigation and the court). 

Fortunately, the victims of the attacks survived. ... "Zyuzinsky maniac" was caught on April 23, 2002. Petrova confessed to the killings, and the forensic psychiatric examination recognized her insane, therefore, beyond the scope of criminal prosecution. Now M. A. Petrova is undergoing compulsory treatment in a special institution. The victims who were involved in this criminal case tried unsuccessfully to challenge the findings of experts and insisted that the Zyuzinsky maniac still go to jail. But the court refused them these requirements.

[«Зюзинская маньячка»: за что она возненавидела всех мужчин,, undated]


May 15, 1978 – Maria Aleksandrovna Petrova born
Mar. 1, 2002 – Petrova kills Sergei Makariev (20), stabbing him twice with a knife.
Mar. 27, 2002 – Petrova killed a 60-year-old pensioner, Nikolai Zhabin, by cutting his throat. 
Mar.-Apr. 2002 – 4 attempted murders.
Apr. 23, 2002 – Petrova arrested on soon confessed to everything; charged with killing two and attempting to kill four more people. The forensic psychiatric examination recognized her as insane. The victims who were involved in this criminal case tried unsuccessfully to challenge the findings of experts and insisted that the Zyuzinsky maniac still go to jail. But the court refused them these requirements.
2013 –Released?

Maria Aleksandrovna Petrova / Мария Александровна Петрова
“The Zyuzino Maniac” / «Маньячка из Зюзино»



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  2. There are so very many "first" female serial killers. A new book on Jane Toppan calls her the first. 60 Minutes has long had a horrible reputation for being unreliable infotainment.