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Anatoly Onoprienko
Anatoly Yuriyovych Onoprienko was a cold and brutal serial killer who confessed to killing 52 people over a six year span ("The Terminator"). He was born in the Ukraine in 1959 and died in 2013 while serving time in prison ("The Terminator"). He is also known by his nicknames "The Terminator" and "The Beast of Ukraine" ("The Terminator").
- at age 15 went to a forestry school in an attempt to leave the orphanage forever. Teachers said he was a good, shy student with decent grades but after two years at the school he began acting out, drinking a lot and stopped doing his work (C + I UK). At this point, Onoprienko lost direction in his life and thought he would not achieve anything so to change his fate and actually become something he joined the army at 18 (C + I UK).

- However joining the army proved to be a dark stimulus instead. Up until that point in Onoprienko's life power had always been taken away from, but learning how to use weapons taught him a way of bringing back the power (C + I UK).

- Soon after he joined the navy and worked on a cruise ship, where he began stealing and smuggling which gave him status and respect (something he never had before). He also met a woman on the cruise ship who got married to him after he impressed her with gifts that he had obtained through stealing and smuggling (C + I UK).
- Onoprienko's lawyer initially pleaded the insanity defense but this was overruled by a panel of psychiatrists who deemed him fit to stand trial ("The Crimes").

- They said that Onoprienko's so called "mental disorders" were not strong enough to prevent him from controlling his actions. Some of the psychiatrists believed he had made up the whole "voices told me to kill" part to get attention ("The Crimes"). They said he boasted the fact he was the first person in Ukraine to have killed that many people and was proud he was not caught for a long time, " I committed 52 murders, I am a phenomenon and I need to be studied by professionals" said Onoprienko ("The Crimes"). They also stated Onoprienko showed no remorse for his crimes and had said, "I don't think about them (victims) now, they are nothing to me" ("The Crimes").
- Onoprienko's lawyer then asked that Onoprienko's childhood spent in the orphanage be taken in to account as extenuating circumstances, in an attempt to lessen his criminal responsibility and sentence ("The Crimes").

- But prosecutors argued that this was inadmissible since Onoprienko had already been deemed psychologically fit to stand trial ("The Crimes"),

- On March 31, 1999 following three hours of deliberation, the judge announced his verdict. Onoprienko was found guilty for the murder of 52 people and according to the Ukrainian criminal code, sentenced to death by shooting ("The Crimes"),

- However, Ukraine had placed a moratorium or suspension on the death penalty since they planned on joining the Council of Europe. Therefore, Onoprienko's sentenced was changed to life in prison ("The Crimes").
- Onoprienko's murders followed a set pattern.

- would choose a home in an isolated area to reduce risk of being caught ("The Crimes").
- used a sawed off shotgun to kill ("The Crimes").
- picked up the bullet cartridges after he was done his murders to prevent the police from tracing the crime back to him ("The Crimes").
- would steal anything of value, often taking items of jewelry right off his victims, trophies to relive the fantasy and memory of his murders ("The Crimes").
- killed any witnesses to the crime to prevent risk of being reported ("The Crimes").
- burned down the house in an attempt to mask any evidence ("The Crimes).
- habit/routine: killed the men first and then women and children ("The Crimes").

- After Onoprienko committed his last set of murders, a family of four, a massive manhunt was launched by police across Ukraine to find the killer in March 1996. The search was mainly concentrated in Western Ukraine where the recent murders occurred and where Onoprienko lived.
He continued to have a worse childhood in the orphanage. The teachers were cruel and he would often get bullied by the older kids, who once tried to drown him (Crimes + Investigation UK). This along with his family abandoning him, created his "me vs. you" attitude with the rest of the world and society because these life experiences had shown him that he was completely alone/isolated and was left to fend for himself (Crimes + Investigation UK).
Early Childhood
- had an unfortunate upbringing, father an alcoholic and a violent man who regularly abused his family (C+I UK).

- older brother did not get along or care for Onoprienko, they had a 13 year age gap (Crimes + Investigation UK).

- his mom died when he was 4, which had a devastating impact on him since she was the only one who was good to him as well as the only caring figure in his life (Crimes + Investigation UK).
- Then his father sent him to live with his grandma, but after two years she could not afford to take care of him so he was sent back to his father. This was like losing his mother all over again, his grandma loved and supported him as well (Crimes + Investigation UK).

- However, his father and brother were now part of a new family and sent Onoprienko to an orphanage (Crimes + Investigation UK).
AKA "The Terminator" and "The Ukrainian Beast"
This repeated rejection by his own family created his anger, he resented the fact that his brother was cared for by his father and not him (Crimes + Investigation UK). Onoprienko has stated in his own words that this experience, along with a fact he had believed in his whole life, "seventy percent of those brought up in an orphanage end up in prison" had "predetermined his destiny" (Crimes + Investigation UK).
- After years of living this way, his crimes caught up with him and he was kicked out of the navy ("The Crimes"). This completely destroyed the new life Onoprienko had started living, he lost all respect from others and was humiliated. His wife then divorced him and left with their child and severed all contact with him ("The Crimes"). He then lost most of his income and became poor, a lifestyle he was not used to living since his crimes and the cruise life had made him quite rich ("The Crimes"). He had no means of generating an income so he decided to back to his criminal ways and thought he'd move straight to robberies and force, the only things he believed he was good at ("The Crimes"). It's during a robbery when Onoprienko begins the first of his 52 murders.
- would first create a commotion outside the house to attract attention (e.g throw rocks or shoot at the window) so that when he enters the house the victims are already fearful, giving him a sense of power (something he had lacked most of his life & he thought could only achieve through killing) ("The Crimes).

- would kill the fathers first (were usually the ones to come and investigate the commotion Onoprienko created to attract attention) which was motivated because of his hate towards fathers since his own father abandoned him but chose to keep his brother (C + I UK).
- would kill children because of twisted reasoning that stemmed from psychological pain during childhood, "didn't want them to go to an orphanage and end up like him", thought he was doing them a favour by preventing them from living like he did ( C + I UK).
- To avoid getting caught, he went to stay at his cousin Pyotr Onoprienko's house but Pyotr soon became concerned when he found a stash of weapons that Onoprieko had hidden in the house. When Pyotr confronted Onoprienko about this, he became very angry and threatening, so he was asked to leave and Onoprienko returned back to his house. However, Pyotr was still worried about the threats aimed at him and his family, so he informed the police about the weapon stash. The police were interested since Onoprienko was reportedly in possession of a gun that matched the description of the one that was stolen at the recent murders that coincidentally occurred in the town that Onoprienko was living in.
- Since this was the best lead the police were able to find and the fact that this situation was a national emergency, a search warrant was not used to go investigate Onoprienko's house ("The Crimes"). Sure enough they found the stolen weapon along with about a hundred different items that were collected from victims, so Onoprienko was arrested immediately ("The Crimes").
- While in custody, Onoprienko quickly admitted to his 52 murders and told police he was compelled to kill because of the voices in his head were telling him to ("The Crimes").
- The four month long trial began two years after the arrest in November 1998 ("The Crimes").

- It was delayed because according to Ukrainian law the defendant is obliged to read all the evidence against them before the trial starts, which Onoprienko took his time doing ("The Crimes"). Ukrainian law also requires courts to pay for travel costs/accommodations for the witnesses it calls. In this case there were 400 witnesses which the court could not handle so they had to wait for the government to allocate the funds ("The Crimes").
Patterns of Episodic Aggressive Behaviour
Masks of Sanity:
- According to his neighbours, Onoprienko seemed like a nice man who kept to himself (C+ I UK). Towards the end of his murder spree he even got a girlfriend who he was able to hide his true colours from (lived a double life). She described him as a charming man and at first could not believe he was murderer (C + I UK).

Search For Help:
- He attempted to change his life around at 18 after he began acting out in school and got bad grades, so he thought he'd become a soldier and looked at the army for help to straighten him out (C + I UK). However the army helped bring out his dark side because he learned a method of exercising power (had been powerless his whole life before) through weapons, something that would motivate his killings (C + I UK).
History of Alcohol Abuse:

- began heavily drinking in his early teens while he was still in school as a method to dealing with his feelings (C + I UK). It suppressed the pain that was built up inside of him from his rough childhood and youth.
Alcohol or Drug Abusing Parents
- Father was an alcoholic who often beat up his family, especially Onoprienko's mother during drunken rampages (C + I UK).
Victim of Physical or Emotional Abuse or Cruel Parenting
- father abused him and his whole family (C+I UK).

- mother died at age 4, traumatizing experience only caring figure in his life (C + I UK).

- father first gave him away to his grandma and then to an orphanage but kept his older son. This created feeling of inadequacy and anger (not good enough), powerlessness since Onoprienko had no way of making his father take him back (C+I UK)

- abused at orphanage and bullied by older kids, abuse was the only constant thing in his life which created his me vs. the world attitude since he felt alone and powerless (C+I UK).
Interrupted Bliss or No Bliss of Childhood
- due to abuse filled childhood, Onoprienko was not able to have a normal or even a slightly happy childhood (C + I UK). He felt pain his whole life so he felt the need to take revenge and be able to make others feel pain as well like he did (C + I UK). This untypical childhood made him feel odd or isolated, he would later associate these feelings with a belief that since he is different he has been chosen specifically by a superior being to carry out these murders (C + I UK).
Biochemical Symptoms
- Onoprienko said he heard voices from a superior being that told him to kill, this is a symptom of schizophrenia which is a mental illness ("The Terminator"),
Feelings of Powerlessness or Inadequacy
- felt powerless his whole life due to all the abuse he faced and could do nothing to stop it
- felt inadequate because father abandoned him and wife left him
- thought weapons and force was the way he could gain power
- also thought killing gave him power or superiority

Serial Killer Typology
The Visionary:
- claimed he heard voices from an unearthly being that compelled him to kill ("The Terminator).

The Power/Control Freak:
- since most of his life Onoprienko felt like a powerless victim himself because of the abuse he suffered in his youth, he took pleasure from manipulating and dominating other people in an effort to feel strong/powerful (C + I UK).

Serial Killer Typology Part II
- was a middle aged white male ("The Crimes").
- his victims were robbed ("The Crimes").
- his victims were strangers ("The Crimes").
- tried to cover his tracks e.g., burned down the house after the murder, picked up bullet casings and killed any witnesses ("The Crimes").
- appeared to have functioned normally to others but lived a double life and pretended to be traveling businessman ("The Crimes").
- after murdering 16 people in 1989, he took a six year break in killing because of fear of being caught ("The Crimes").
- is considered incurable, Onoprienko said "I should be given the death penalty, if I have the chance I will kill again." (C+I UK).
Sociological Theories
"To me killing is just like ripping up a duvet. Men, women, old people, children, they are all the same. I have never felt sorry for those I killed. No love, no hatred, just blind indifference. I don't see them as individuals but just as masses"
- Anatoly Onoprienko ("The Terminator").
Learning Theory:
- during Onoprienko's childhood and youth he was a victim of abuse and was powerless (C+I UK).
- he learned from his father, other kids at the orphanage and his teachers that if he wants to assert the fact he is powerful or strong, he needs to do it through force (C + UK).
- learned from the army that using weapons was the ultimate way of gaining power (C+I UK).
Strain Theory:
- is applied to people who commit crime when they believe they cannot achieve their goals through legitimate means. For example, people with little access to education or those that are economically disadvantaged.

- Onoprienko could not exercise power through normal means like positions of power through work, was left with nothing since he was fired and humiliated ("The Crimes"). So he resorted to the only means he knew how and had learned, gaining power through force ("The Crimes").

- could not satisfy his goals for luxury since he was discharged from the navy and had no job, did not have any skills for another job so resorted to stealing ("The Crimes"). It was during a robbery that he began his murders in an effort to get away with theft, but quickly the murders became his away of being in control and having power ("The Crimes").
Sociological Theories
Sociological Theories
Socialization Theory:
suggests criminal behaviour is caused by socialization, the process of learning behaviours and social norms through various agents such as family, peers and media.
- In Onoprienko's case, he lacked proper socialization and was instead taught deviant behaviour.
- His father refused to raise him and abandoned him. He only managed to teach him one thing which was abuse, since he regularly abused his family ("The Terminator"). Since he experienced this as a young child, it was very traumatic and it became ingrained in him, a memory to hard to forget. Therefore, family as an agent of socialization failed.
- His peers and teachers regularly abused him too, teaching him that if he wants to seem strong and powerful he needs to use force ("The Terminator").
Biological Theories
Biological Trait Theory:
suggests that some traits including intelligence, personality and chemical and genetic makeup predispose certain people to commit crime

- However this is a disputed fact since the psychiatrists that evaluated him suggested he was just making this up for attention since he clearly stated on many different occasions that he does take responsibility for his murders and that he understands what he has done but does not feels any remorse ("The Terminator"). Most of the Ukrainian public felt the same way as well, many saying the voices part was just Onoprienko's defense strategy ("The Terminator"). On the other hand there is a possibility of bias being involved because Ukrainians were angry and ashamed that one of their countrymen could commit such horrendous crimes. There could have been fear that if mental illness was proven as Onoprienko's cause of crime he might not be properly punished ("The Terminator").
- Onoprienko stated it was the chemical makeup of his brain that caused him to commit murder because of the fact he heard voices that urged him to kill ("The Terminator").
But in my opinion even if Onoprienko did hear voices, (which I highly doubt due to his psychiatric evaluation, the fact his lawyer stated their defense strategy was to make it seem like insanity and how he said himself he knew what he did but still doesn't feel remorse) he received the right punishment ("The Crimes").

This is because all of Onoprienko's murders were highly organized and calculated ("The Crimes"). Also, since he is a serial killer he cannot be treated because he said it himself, if he had the chance he would kill again and said, "I feel absolutely no pity for my victims, I am a much better person than them. None of my victims resisted, armed or not, man or woman, none of them dared to do anything. A human being doesn't mean anything. I've only seen weak people. I compare humans to sand grains, there are so much of them that they don't mean a thing." (C+I UK).

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