The police of Russia’s Irkutsk region have finished the investigation of a series of brutal crimes committed by teenagers from a gang known as Blood Magic. The teen monsters tortured and slaughtered helpless people and kept their body parts as trophies.
Blood Magic became one of the most dangerous and brutal gangs in the entire history of criminalistics of Irkutsk, the local police said.
A 22-year-old man, named as Konstantin Shumkov, was the leader of the group. The gang presumably consisted of teenagers aged 14-15; all of them came from troubled families.
The teens would take drugs and alcohol before they would start looking for victims. Shumkov told the police that they were killing people out of curiosity.
“It was interesting for me to see how a human being dies, how it happens. It was just for me, for my knowledge,” the defendant said.
The teens mainly picked homeless individuals as their victims. They would maul them with steel rods or rocks and burn them alive. The teens killed five homeless people in January-June 2008.
“I was doing everything that I wanted to do, I did not look back at any moral rules,” Shumkov proudly said. The young man acknowledged that he considered himself a maniac.
The perpetrators stabbed a homeless man and dismembered his body in May 2008. They took his body parts, scattered them on the territory of a local school and put his head on the steel fence.
When questioned, the teens said that they had done that for fun. They originally intended to leave the human remains near a local police station, but then thought that it would be too impudent.
Three victims of Blood Magic survived, although they remained disabled individuals as a result of brutal tortures. The gang leader cut two fingers from one of the male victims and kept the fingers for memory. He also kept an eye of one of his victims preserved in alcohol.
The gang members believed that they were allowed to do anything. They are suspected of a series of rapes and joy-riding. They committed all of those crimes with an intention to simply entertain themselves.
Psychologists said that Konstantin Shumkov had a predisposition to cruelty and sadism. Strangely enough, Shumkov wanted to be a teacher at elementary school. He was excluded from the Irkutsk Pedagogical Institute and started working as a DJ in a local bar.
He started his ‘career of a maniac’ with torturing and killing animals. He now faces a lifetime in prison.