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Unlike previous homicide videos released on the Net which were war crimes committed during recent wars, this video instead is a depiction of a purely criminal homicide during peacetime.
This is either the most, or one of the most messed-up videos on the Internet. I was cringing, turning away and groaning most of the time, but I made it through.
The following reactions have been reported after watching this video: depression, feeling traumatized (lasting up to seven months), crying, feeling like you want to cry, insomnia, nightmares, fear of strangers, rage, paranoia (lasting up to weeks), nausea, feeling sick, fear, chills, shaking, vomiting, anorexia (loss of appetite), dysphoria, turning pale, fainting, seizures, agoraphobia (inability to leave the house) and inability to stop thinking of the video. These adverse reactions have lasted for hours to many months after the video, depending on the reaction.
Serious reactions have been reported, including fainting and seizures. One person had a seizure after watching the video. They probably already had epilepsy. Serious reactions are potentially harmful. Fainting and seizures can result in injury or worse. If you think you are going to have a serious reaction, do not watch this video.
If you think you are going to have any kind of bad reaction, please think twice about whether you really want to watch this video.
The video surfaced briefly on TheNYC.com December 3, 2008 for the first time, apparently leaked onto the Net, but it was quickly taken down. As of December 4, it's back up again.
Most of the information about this case on the Net is in Russian, but there is a bit in English. Three young Russian men from Dnepropetrovskwent, Ukraine, all age 19, went on a thrill-killing month-long murder spree in Summer 2007.
The three, Igor Suprunyuck, Viktor Sayenko and Alexander Hanzha, are known as the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. They started out killing cats and dogs for practice, as these psychos often do, then of course they moved on to humans. A video was released in court of them torturing a white kitten. They made a cross out of two boards and nailed it to the wall, then they shot at it with two pistols. They put foam and glue in the kitten's mouth to muffle its screams.
One of the killers was apparently a Russian neo-Nazi. He had neo-Nazi paraphernalia in his room and on his cellphone. All of the killers came from well to do families.
Over a one-month period, between June 25, 2007-July 16, 2007, they killed 21 people, young and old, male and female, adults and children. They tailed the victims, followed them, or offered them rides in their car as the victims were walking down the street. They did not pick on anyone in particular, but instead just chose people who looked like they would not fight back. Many of the victims were tortured or mutilated, and some had their eyes gouged out.
They killed a pregnant woman, cut out her now-dead fetus, and left it at the home of the dead woman’s mother. They killed a 14 year old boy who had gone fishing with a friend (the friend somehow escaped).
At some point, these two idiots made a movie out the brutal murder of a man. He was a 48 year old man who had just gotten over throat cancer and was learning to talk again, a father and a grandfather, a husband with two kids and a grandkid, who was taking care of his ill mother and helping people in his village - a good man.
He lived in a village called Taromskoye. He was bored with not being able to work so he spent his time doing favors and odd jobs around the village. He did small construction projects, took on odd jobs, fixed cars, weaved baskets and cooked for his family.
On the day of his murder, July 12, 2007, he took off on a motorbike to visit his grandson, but he never got there. I will not divulge his name here out of respect, but you can find it if you search around.
He was killed via hammer and screwdriver, tortured for a long time, and finally dispatched. He lingered for some time while they slowly kill him.
They were laughing and carrying on while they are doing it, having a grand old time. One of the murder team held the video camera and videotaped the whole sordid affair.
After it was over, they washed the blood off their hands with water in the gutter. They filmed two of the homicides so they could have something to remember the killings with in old age.
Although this video was somehow leaked to the Internet, another video was presented at trial also, also shot by the killers. This one shows them gutting the pregnant woman. Thank the Lord that one was not leaked to the Net too. A 40-minute video also exists, but it has not been released afterward. It is not known what it contains.
The third member of the 3-man team, Hanzha, only participated in some armed robberies at the beginning and refused to take part in the animal killings due to a fear of blood, so got cold feet and dropped out of the group. Sayenko and Suprunyuck then go on their murder spree. They also attended the funerals of the victims and took photos.
Detectives should go to homicide victim's funerals and take photos more often. You could catch quite a few killers that way.
At some point, they got arrested. The tape was confiscated and used in the trial to convict the three young fiends. All three pled guilty. On February 11, 2009, Hanzha received nine years, and Sayenko and Suprunyuck both got life. A recent photo from jail shows all three men, and one looks out and out like a ghoul.
Watch a video of the trial here.
It's a video from their trial shown on Ukrainian TV. You can see photos of the three killers in court, along with some terrible photos they shot and collected along the way.
There are photos of dogs they killed, including one that is strung up in a tree. There are photos of them at the funerals and beside the gravesites of their victims.
They are often seen giving the finger to the victims. They sneak into a room where a victim's body is lying in wait to be buried and give the dead body the finger. They give the finger to one of the headstone graves of a victim, scattered with flowers. They take a photo of a body being lowered into the grave in its casket, and give the casket the finger too.
What assholes! Good God, these guys are depraved.
These morons were so stupid that they didn't even cover their faces in the video where they are killing the guy. How dumb can you get? Despite the documentary evidence of their guilt, the parents of the accused still refuse to believe that their kids are killers and say the confessions were coerced.
Here is a translation of the Ukrainian dialog in the video:
"Hold on, hold on. Be neater, fuck!" Likely meaning to be careful of all the blood.There was a similar case recently in Italy. Four young men attacked a homeless man, Andrea Severi, age 44, by burning him. He received burns over 50% of his body, but he survived. He is presently in serious conditions in the hospital in Padova.
"Hold on, hold on, hold on, don’t hit him, don’t hit him. Watch him," the rest of the sentence is indistinct, but he’s likely telling the guy to watch for the blood as he’s zooming in to capture the close-up.
[The following audio is unclear.]
[After the screwdriver stabbing]
"What? With what?" the cameraman responds to the boy who stabs the victim.
"What, he’s still alive?" asks the guy stabbing the victim.
"He’s still moving his arms after I ripped up his intestines," the cameraman muffles indistinctly.
"He’s having a fucked up day," says the stabbing guy after he’s stepped on his stomach.
[More muffled talk as he proceeds to stab him in the eyes with the screwdriver.]
"Get over here fast. Kill him already."
"What?" asks the stabber.
"Kill him already."
"I already put the hammer back. He’s already dead."
"I poked out his eyes and he’s still not dead," says the cameraman.
"Get the knife," cameraman continues.
[Proceeds to bludgeon him, then interrupts by saying something indistinct.]
"More, more," the cameraman is telling the other guy to keep bludgeoning him to make sure he’s dead.
"Hold on, hold on."
[They start walking back to the car.]
[More muffled talk from the blond killer.]
"Wash your hands," the cameraman says and tells the other guy to spray cleaning chemical on the hammer.
"I’ll hold it."
[Muffled talk from the guy washing the hammer.]
[More muffled talk from the guy washing his face and walking back from his car.]
"I stuck the screwdriver in his brain," says the cameraman.
[Muffled talk from the guy washing his hands.]
"I got him in the nose from his eye," or something along those lines.
"I don’t understand how he was alive? I felt his brain," says the cameraman.
"I was holding the screwdriver like this *muffled/don’t understand*"
Before the video ends, the blond guy says, "All right, enough filming already. You're just walking around with the camera everywhere."
They were Italian Mussolini-type fascists from good families, aged 18. Just four bored rich kids with nothing better to do than to burn a poor homeless guy for fun.
They just got convicted a few days ago, and the story is all over the Italian media. Left wing antifascist site about the killings, but it's all in Italian.
This type of fascism is still quite popular in Italy - the neo-Nazi kind not nearly so much.
There is a misconception about Mussolinism that it is not supposed to be racist or anti-Semitic, but my Italian friends tell me that fascists are fascists. They also say that Mussolini was a racist, an anti-Semite and an anti-Slav. He also persecuted all speakers of anything other than Standard Italian. This "he made the trains run on time" stuff really needs to be challenged.
In Northern Italy, the fascists are quite popular, but the anti-Semitism seems to have died down. 2008 is not the 1930's. Up there, they are mostly anti-Slavic. The important thing to note is the hate, the fascist hate. All fascists have this inside of them. Fascist fathers teach this hate to their sons, plant it in them and water it like sapling trees.
Italian fascism started out as social nationalism, but now it's quite common among the rich. The Italian middle class traditionally tended to be more Centrist and oriented to varieties of political Catholicism (Christian democracy). But now many are voting for quasi-fascist Berlusconi.
It's important to note that in Italy, there are racists who are not fascists. The Lega Nord, the northern autonomists, are racist against southern Italians, but they are not fascists. Fascists are Italian ultranationalists. They believe in the centrality of the Italian state.
There are neo-Nazis in Italy, but they are not nearly as numerous as Mussolini fascists. There are many in Central Italy in the Lazio Region (where Rome and the Vatican are located). They are quite a few of them in in Verona, Vicenza and Padova in the northeast Veneto Region. There are also some in Trieste. There are no Nazis to speak of in Southern Italy.
The famous Leopold and Loeb case in Chicago in 1924, and the famous film Compulsion (1959), starring Orson Welles and Dean Stockwell (Excellent movie!), that followed, was a noteworthy and very famous similar case in the US.
Compulsion was based on a novel by Meyer Levin in 1956. Meyer Levin later became famous for being one of the first authors to realize the potential of the tragic diaries of Anne Frank. He was convinced that he had a personal interest in the rights to the diary, and ended up in a 30-year legal battle over those who performed the hit play based on the diaries, while Levin's play was rejected.
This book, said to be the first non-fiction novel, set the standard for a style later famously popularized by Truman Capote in In Cold Blood. I've never read the Capote novel, but it is supposed to be one of the greats.
Hitchcock also made a movie, Rope (1948), based on the case, but I've never seen that one.
Anti-Semites will be very excited to learn that both Leopold and Loeb were Jewish. Leopold and Loeb's victim, 14 year old Bobby Franks, was also Jewish.