A Russian woman who journaled about murders she committed is being dubbed the “Granny Ripper.”
Police believe 68-year-old Tamara Samsonova dismembered and maybe even ate parts of her victims before writing about the killings in her diary.
She allegedly recorded her murder entries in English, Russian and German in a journal she kept in her apartment, Daily Mail reports.
One excerpt from the diary reads,
I killed my tenant Volodya, cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife, put the pieces of his body in plastic bags and threw them away in the different parts of Frunzensky District.
The St. Petersburg resident's reign of horrifying terror came to an abrupt end last week when a CCTV camera caught Samsonova trying to remove the headless body of Valentina Ulanova, a 79-year-old woman she cared for, in a plastic bag from her building.
It is believed Samsonova dismembered the woman with a hacksaw while she was technically still alive.
Samsonova reportedly confessed to dismembering Ulanova, her last victim, after making her "friend" overdose on sleeping pills following a fight the pair had over unwashed cups.
Investigators are now comparing journal entries in Samsonova's diaries to a string of other murders and unsolved cases involving dismembered body parts found around the city.
Police already believe at least one other unsolved murder -- which involved the body of a legless man found in a bag discovered 12 years ago around the same apartment -- can be linked back to Samsonova through a business card they discovered in her home.
Investigators also suspect Tamara may be involved in the disappearance of her husband whom she reported missing in 2005.
One of the strangest parts about this whole case has been how eerily at ease Samsonova has been during her time in court.
During a recent proceeding, she reportedly blew kisses at journalists and asked the judge if she could go out for a walk because she was feeling “stuffy.”
When the judge said she would be taken into custody, Tamara was said to have smiled and physically applauded the decision.
Not what you'd expect to find in your grandmother's diary.