The “Dnepropetrovsk maniacs,” viral human and kitten killers (arrested, 2009)
The media dubbed 19-year-olds Viktor Sayenko and Igor Suprunyuck the “Dnepropetrovsk maniacs” for their string of 21 murders in Ukraine, usually committed with a blunt object, as well as their history of animal mutilation. Victims of the killers were so brutally savaged that their faces were often unrecognizable. Some had their eyes gouged out while still alive. One was pregnant and… yeah.
High school friends, the two teenagers began their violent careers trying to help a mutual friend overcome his phobia of blood by capturing stray dogs, tying them from trees and disemboweling them. This kind of behavior culminated in an instance where they filmed the brutal torture and murder of a small, white kitten. Among other things, the video showed the teenagers make a cross out of wooden boards, nail the kitten to it, place foam and glue in its mouth to muffle its screams and shoot at it with two pistols.
It was revealed during the maniacs’ trials that they had filmed several of their murders, one having leaked to the internet and apparently gone viral. Around four minutes long, the video shows the two young men murdering a 48-year-old man named Sergei Yatzenko. He’s bludgeoned in the face with a hammer repeatedly. His eyes are removed, and he’s stabbed in the abdomen… and then the brain, with a screwdriver.
After the murder, the two are shown discussing the murder calmly, and one expresses surprise about how the man was still breathing after the screwdriver was plunged into his exposed brain.