Daily Bread for 1.15.23: Mikhail Popkov Would Like to Join Russia’s Mercenaries

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 40. Sunrise is 7:22 AM and sunset 4:46 PM for 9h 24m 40s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 44.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1967, the first Super Bowl takes place in Los Angeles: the Packers defeat the Chiefs 35–10.


Here’s Popkov’s Wikipedia biography:

Mikhail Viktorovich Popkov … born 7 March 1964) is a Russian serial killer, rapist, and necrophile who committed the sexual assault and murder of seventy-eight girls and women between 1992 and 2010 in Angarsk, Irkutsk, in Siberia, and Vladivostok in Far East, although he has confessed to and is suspected of at least eighty-three in total. He is known as “The Werewolf” and the “Angarsk Maniac” for the particularly brutal nature of his crimes; he would extensively mutilate the bodies of his victims and perform sexual acts on them.

Popkov, a former police officer and security guard, was convicted of 22 murders in 2015 and sentenced to life imprisonment, and confessed to an additional 59 three years later; on December 10, 2018, he was convicted for 56 of the 59 additional killings, three of which the police could not find sufficient evidence with which to be proven, and given a second life sentence.[3] Popkov received a second life sentence.[4] There were calls for Popkov to be executed, but this was unavailable as capital punishment in Russia is subject to a formal moratorium.[5]

Russian propagandists on state TV say life is overrated:

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