Crime Watch

Murder Victim Flushed Down Toilet

Jun 10, 2004
The Moscow Times

Blood seeping out of a bathtub and toilet led police to a grisly murder last Thursday. They arrested two men in an upstairs apartment on suspicion of killing a woman during a drunken argument, dismembering her body and flushing the remains down a toilet.

Police were called to 45 Ulitsa Ostrovityanova, near the Konkovo metro station in southwestern Moscow, after a plumber discovered what appeared to be human flesh clogging the apartment building's pipes, causing the toilet, sink and bathtub to overflow in an apartment on the 11th floor, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.
"At first I thought a pipe had burst," the apartment's owner, Sergei Bocharov, told the newspaper. "But then I looked in the bathtub and saw that it was filled with a black, rancid-smelling substance, and a smelly liquid was seeping onto the floor from the toilet."

Bocharov called the plumber, who then instructed him to call the police, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

Police officers confirmed the plumber's suspicions and began searching apartments above Bocharov's. When knocks on the door of a 13th-floor apartment went unanswered, they broke in.

"The policemen walked in and saw two men with blood on their hands," a police spokesman said Wednesday.

He refused to comment further, saying investigators are trying to determine which suspect had killed the woman.

Komsomolskaya Pravda identified the main murder suspect as Vitaly Rudenko, 37, who lived in the 13th-floor apartment.

The woman, who was in her 20s, was killed last Wednesday in a drunken quarrel, the newspaper said. The two suspects decided to hide her death by dismembering her, flushing the remains down the toilet and discarding the parts that could not be flushed outside, it said.

The district prosecutor's office declined to comment about the case.

A Interior Ministry spokeswoman said 13,561 murders and attempted murders have been registered across Russia so far this year, but the police do not keep statistics for what percentage of them were linked to drunken arguments.

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