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The case of “Granny the ripper”


As per tradition, news service of “Sankt-Peterburg” TV station recalls the past year. And it was rich with events. Not only foreign politics shaped the landscape of news coverage in 2015. Life in the Northern Capital was bustling. Tragic and joyous, political and economic – here are 2015’s most important events as seen by the channel’s reporters.


Elena Boldysheva, reporter: “The case of St. Petersburg’s “Granny the Ripper” made noise everywhere across the country. The pensioner lived in this building on Dimitrova Street. Hundreds of people passed it every day, but no one could have imagined that genuine atrocities were taking place in one of the apartments” 

The last victim of 68-year-old Tamara Samsonova was her friend. Having injected her with poison, the maniac granny cut her corpse in parts, cut out the lung and threw the remains onto a nearby field.

Investigators later found her diary, which “the Ripper” had been writing in three languages – Russian, English and German. Samsonova learnt languages when she worked as a concierge at one of St. Petersburg’s best hotels. Pages torn out of occult books were found among remains of her other victims. Neighbors said that Samsonova liked to walk around bare-footed – even in the winter, which raised questions among many about her sanity. In November, “the Ripper” was deemed criminally insane. She is currently awaiting trial in one of the city’s restricted mental hospitals”