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Serial Killer Gets Death

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia () -- A serial killer who murdered eight women during a four-month crime spree was sentenced to death by a city court here, a news report said Wednesday.

Vladimir Mukhankin, 36, pleaded guilty, gave detailed accounts of his crimes and then thanked the judge after the sentence was handed down in the southern Russian city, the daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

Rostov-on-Don won notoriety as home of the so-called "Rostov Ripper," a former teacher and Communist Party member who terrorized the region for 12 years prior to his arrest in 1990 for a series of murders.

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