The Vodka Murders
Alexander Pichushkin killed more people than some of the world's worst killers combined.
But he said he then discovered that his boyfriend, a diabetic, was also doing "searches relating to suicide with insulin blood poisoning". Rycroft added: "I found out that he was injecting himself with stuff that wasn't insulin and that it was vodka on one instance and also cleaning fluid on another.
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The court has heard that Mr MacDonald was suffering poor health and spent several spells in hospital in the period before he died. Rycroft said: "He was abandoning taking insulin for days on end when he was having a really low mood. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Try Independent Premium free for 1 month to access this feature. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile.
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And Pichushkin, with his new hostility, reacted toward them aggressively. Only his grandfather recognised how clever Pichushkin was.
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And, to nurture that intelligence, he started to teach him chess. By the time he had started at secondary school, Pichushkin had gone to live with his grandfather.
The two of them would spend hours playing chess together or watching the old men playing in Bitsevsky Park. One of his neighbours would later say how the young man was inconsolable at the loss. The effect on him was devastating.
He began drinking heavily. Afterwards, callous Smart, 55, went to buy food and booze and boasted of attacking her in abusive outbursts to witnesses. He was found guilty of murder following a trial, and told he must serve a minimum of 19 years before he will be eligible for parole.
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It is believed Angela spent the last day of her life with Smart, 55, of Winmarleigh Street, at her house. When she returned to the flat Smart was unhappy that she had bought Easter decorations and vodka - which was not his usual drink - and angry that there was no food. A customer asked staff to call police. Refused a drink, he cleaned himself up in the toilets, before going to the Co-op store to try and buy rum. He was arrested shortly afterwards. Around the same time, Angela lying on the floor under a blanket at the scene of what had clearly been a very violent attack.
Paramedics treated there, before she was taken to Warrington Hospital, but she could not be saved. Smart's trial heard that five days before the murder he bought a bouquet of flowers from a florist in Warrington for Angela.
Have I killed her? I want to die. He claimed he remembered watching Angela dancing in the lounge area before passing out. He claimed that when came round he saw her lying on the floor, with blood coming from her nose, and said he covered her with a blanket before leaving the house. For all the latest trial coverage and sentencing join the group here. To download our app to get all the latest news visit here. Our thoughts remain very much with them as they continue to come to terms with their tragic loss.