- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: November 3, 2004
Evil stalks southern Russia. 56 innocents die in unimaginable anguish. More than just helpless, the authorities in many ways enable the killer. When will his spree end?
- During his trial, the Rostov Ripper was caged in the center of the courtroom.
- Investigators originally thought they were hunting a gang of murderers.
- Another man was tried and executed for Chikatilo's first murder.
In an eight-year binge of sadism and terror, Andrei Chikatilo raped, tortured, murdered and mutilated 56 victims throughout the Russian region of Rostov. By his own admission, he was a monster.
BIOGRAPHY® takes a close look at the twisted psyche and despicable personal history of this madman. Archival materials and extensive expert interviews knit together a thorough profile of the Rostov Ripper from his hideous childhood to his unremarkable early adulthood; from his first tentative murder to the heights of his homicidal frenzy; and from his bizarre courtroom antics to his execution with a bullet to the head on February 14, 1994.
Nearly as mesmerizing as the personal profile is the phenomenal set of circumstances that virtually enabled Chikatilo's spree. Track the investigation through wildly inaccurate profiling, outdated blood matching, and official suppression of information. Finally, when a determined, intelligent investigator takes charge, the case quickly takes shape and the hunt is on. See how close Chikatilo came to getting away and how his unholy desires were his undoing.
Dead though he may be, three of his victims' bodies were never found, and there are communities in Russia still haunted by the specter of the BEAST OF THE UKRAINE.