Trial and Execution
Chikatilo's trial began on April 14, 1992. Throughout his trial, he was kept locked in a cage that was surrounded by armed guards. Although this cage made him look like an animal, it was actually not meant to contain him. Instead, it was there to keep the friends and family of his victims from attacking him.
The judge, Leonid Akub, took two days to read all of the indictments.
On April 16, Chikatilo was allowed to address the court. He spent two hours rambling in a sort of "maniacal monologue." His outbursts became more and more radical as the trial went on.
He consistently complained about rats and the "levels of radiation" in his cell. At one point, he removed his clothes, waived his penis to the crowd and said, "Look at this useless thing, what do you think I could do with that?" He also claimed that he was pregnant and that the guards' attacks on him were meant to hurt his baby.
He was judged competent to stand trial, but was not present when most of the evidence was presented because of his disruptive outbursts.
By mid-July, the trial came to a close. The court adjourned for two months for sentencing. As the judge left the room, the brother of one of Chikatilo's victims threw an iron bar at Chikatilo. He was arrested, but was later released.
On Oct. 15, 1992, Chikatilo was found guilty of 52 murders. One of the charges had been dropped due to lack of evidence.
He was removed from his cage and brought to the stand in order to hear his sentence. However, he had to be removed from the stand when he yelled at the judge, "Fraud, I'm not going to listen to your lies!"
On Feb. 14, 1994, Chikatilo was executed with one shot to the back of his head.
Source: Court TV's Crime Library
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