Two twisted Jehovah’s Witnesses have been arrested as suspected serial killers, accused of murdering 13 people during a nine-month killing spree in Russia.
Claiming to be on a mission from God, Vladimir Gurianov, 44, and Elvira Egorycheva 46, hacked, shot and bludgeoned their victims in a case that left even hardened Russian detectives shocked.
The pair were finally spotted in a supermarket in a suburb of the city and arrested. By then they were on nationwide search lists and their photographs had been widely circulated in the region.
When they were searched Egorycheva had a revolver, two axes, an electric-shock device and a rope in her belongings.
Another gun and a knife were found in Gurianov’s jacket.
Gurianov – who locals said had ‘mad eyes’ – and Egorycheva first met at a Jehovah’s Witnesses sect meeting 16 years ago.
When they were reunited late last year, Egorycheva allegedly told him she had a vision and they must travel to the Volga region to carry out God’s wishes.
She said: “God wants us to go to Nizhniy Novgorod and cleanse the world of sinners”.
One detective said: “Apparently, they didn’t care who became their next victim, whether it was a woman, a young girl or a child. Their only criterion was to carry out the killing in remote parts of the city where no one could help the victims.”
Later police asked the pair why they killed innocent people.
Gurianov, clearly enjoying recounting his deeds, replied: “God told us to go and take the money. He said: ‘Go there and take as much as you need.’ So we did”.