Irina Viktorovna Gaidamachuk
(Russian: Ирина Викторовна
Гайдамачук) (born 1972) is a Russian serial killer who
killed 17 elderly women between 2002 and 2010.
Gaidamachuk was born in the town of Nyagan. At
a young age, she became addicted to alcohol. Subsequently, her
parents were deprived of parental authority. She moved to
Krasnoufimsk in the early 1990s, where she met a man with whom she
later had two children. Her husband Yuri reportedly refused to
provide Gaidamachuk with money for fear that she would spend the
money on alcohol.
The majority of Gaidamachuk's crimes were
committed in Krasnoufimsk. Similar crimes had been committed in
Yekaterinburg, Serov, Achit and Druzhinino. Another woman, Marina
Valeeva, was initially suspected for the crimes and after pressure
from authorities, Valeeva initially confessed to the murders of
Gaidamachuk's elderly victims.
Gaidamachuk was charged with 17 counts of
murders and 1 attempted murder.
Forensic psychiatric examination conducted in
GNTSSSP Serbsky showed that Gaidamachuk, although she showed some
variation in the mind, was legally sane.
In February 2012, the court case began.
Gaidamachuk gave a confession to the indictment during the
preliminary investigation; but, contested this throughout her
On June 12, 2012, Gaidamachuk was sentenced to
20 years in prison.
serial killer Irina Gaidamachuk jailed
June 6, 2012
A court in the Russian city of
Yekaterinburg has sent
serial killer Irina Gaidamachuk to prison for twenty years.
Gaidamachuk, 40, killed seventeen elderly women so she could rob
Gaidamachuk attacked her victims in the
pretending she was a social worker so they let her into their
flats. Once inside, she attacked the women with an axe or hammer.
The first murder was in 2003 and Gaidamachuk was not detained
until June 2010. She confessed.
The investigation was troubled by the gender of
the perpetrator; the possibility of a female killer was not
considered until a woman survived. After the lone survivor's
account, police still considered it possible the killer was a man
dressed as a woman. Innocent woman Irina Valeyeva was arrested and
More than 3,000 people were questioned before
Gaidamachuk was caught. She changed tactic for her final victim,
Alexandra Povaritsyna, 81, opting to pose as a decorator. Police
followed up descriptions from neighbours of the bogus tradeswoman.
The youngest victim was 61 and the oldest 89.
Gaidamachuk was deemed sane. She said her
motive was obtaining money for
vodka. She must pay
expenses for her prosecution.
"I lived with her for 14 years but never
suspected anything" said Gaidamachuk's husband, Yury. Yury has
since begun a new relationship. Irina has two children.
Russia's worst woman serial
killer dubbed 'Satan in a Skirt' after murdering 17 pensioners in
eight year reign of terror
Alcoholic killer Irina Gaidamachuk claimed she
carried out her horrific crimes to steal money for vodka
Victims had their skulls smashed in with a
hammer or axe by Gaidamachuk who pretended to be a social worker
Police initially believed only a male killer
could be so cruel, but investigation turned on account of sole
By Will Stewart - DailyMail.co.uk
June 5, 2012
Mother of two Irina Gaidamachuk dubbed 'Satan in a
Skirt', posed as a social worker to gain entry to the flats of her
After securing their trust, the 41-year-old
killed them by smashing their skulls with a hammer or an axe.
Then she robbed her victims, who were between
61- and 89-years-old, for the small
amounts of cash in their purses.
In all her murders, police say she only
gathered a total of around £1,000 from her victims. Sometimes she
killed for as little as £20.
She confessed to police: 'I did it for money. I
just wanted to be a normal mum, but I had a craving for drink.
'My husband Yury wouldn't give me money for
'A court in Yekaterinburg, which is Russia's
fourth biggest city, heard evidence from psychiatrists that she
was sane when she committed her murders.
Only one pensioner managed to escape, giving
police the vital clue that the granny killer was a woman.
A police source said: 'We believed at first
that only a man could be so cruel as to slaughter in this way.'
In fact, during a bungled investigation, in
which the town of Krasnoufimsk was living in fear, officers also
believed the killer could be a man dressed as a woman.
They also arrested the wrong woman, Irina
Valeyeva, then 29, extracting a confession from an entirely
After questioning more than 3,000 people they
finally arrested the real killer in 2010.
For her final victim instead of posing as a
social worker, she offered to redecorate 81-year-old Alexandra
After she bludgeoned the pensioner to death,
neighbours gave a description of the painter and police arrested
Gaidmachuk was known as an ordinary mother, who
helped out at her younger daughter Anastasia's school.
One friend said: 'I simply cannot believe Irina
is a mass murderer. She was a kind and gentle mother, always eager
Her husband Yury, who has since moved in with a
new partner, said: 'I lived with her for 14 years but never
But there was outrage among her relatives of
her elderly victims that the killer was only sentenced to 20-years
One said: 'It's little more than one year for
each murder. She never deserves to be freed.'
The judge said he exempted her for five years
of the maximum 25 years 'because she is a mother'.
But her lawyer Suren Sarkisyan demanded greater
leniency, and has vowed to appeal the sentence.
Serial killer case hearings start in
By Dmitry Antonenkov, edited by Karina Ayvazova
February 13, 2012
Ekaterinburg city court has started hearings on
the case of 40-year old Irina Gaydamachuk, who is accused of
murdering 17 pensioners.
In June 2002, a series of horrifying murders
started in the small town of Krasnoufimsk which later spread to
the rest of the Sverdlovsk region.
The first victim, an old woman from
Krasnoufimsk, died after she got hit on the head by a blunt
object. Later pensioners from other towns were killed in a similar
Investigators found out that the murderer
preferred to number their victims – they wrote number of every
victim on the walls of their house entrances.
In 2005, investigators believed that the killer
was a disguised man. One of the witnesses told them the killer was
a woman with blond hair.
Investigators searched for the criminal in
various ways, including checking all the blond women in the
region. They even sought the help of psychics, but received no
Investigators found Irina Gaidamachuk after
another murder in May 2010. She was restoring a flat of one of the
victims, but had no passport or official job.
After a long process of questioning the woman
Gaidamachuk was tested on psychological
problems, but doctors found none.
She now faces 25 years in jail – 1.5 years for
each victim. This is maximum jail term for women in Russia.