A record-holder for the killer who had been raping and murdering since 1964, in other words, for 21 years was arrested in 1985! That person turned out to be Anatoly Slivko, an Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation, who had 17 lives of teenage boys to his credit. He started a tourist club for schoolchildren in the town of Nevinnomyssk in Stavropol Krai (Territory). Those schoolchildren used to be mainly his victims.
He would lure them into a forest and under the pretense of playing an innocent war game he would suggest that boys should take part in hanging. Could it be that the boys suspected their teacher of anything blameworthy? So the credulous teenage boy used to step on a stool and tighten the noose around his own neck. In another instant Slivko would knock the prop from under his feet. The maniac used to catch the victim’s death throes on video.
Anatoly Slivko left behind 17 victims of ritual murders. His mother and he used to live in Siberia. He didn’t have a father. Slivko was worried about his low sexual potency which was particularly noticeable after he had seen army service and had come back home. It used to depress and humiliate him; however, he had to put up with that.
Yet sometimes the chance dominates human life. Anatoly had it, too. One day he was walking along a street of his town and saw a crowd, he came up, made his way through it ahead and found out something unexpected and tragic in front of him: a boy, the victim of a street event, was lying on the pavement. His face was beautiful, he was dressed in an amazingly clean pressed school uniform: a white-snow shirt, a pioneer tie, black pants and black boots. When Slivko’s eyes rested on those boots and then on blood, he experienced orgasm. It was an unexpected shock for him. Never could he come to his senses after it. Slivko persuaded his mother into leaving that town and shifting their place of residence. He escaped from what had appalled him and was incomprehensible for him.
Anatoly got a job of a mechanic at a local chemical plant in the town of Nevinnomyssk in Stavropol Territory. But it was useless to get away from himself. Anatoly wasn’t still aware of what he was doing; but he started a tourist club for schoolchildren on a voluntary basis. He would devote himself to that work and spend his money on buying school uniform for the boys. It was already different in comparison with that boy’s uniform, but Anatoly would obtain boots of old design with a massive tip. He would shine them with a brush, press shirts and pioneer ties.
Not only parents but also teachers noticed his efforts. Time was passing by. Slivko was awarded the title of honor the Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation. In this regard, his face-to-face work with each child was appreciated.
But it started assuming a grave character. Slivko would dress a boy just out of a bandbox and smooth down the plaits of his uniform. After that he would start carrying out his experiments and “instill” in him stamina and courage. He would place a foothold, put the boy’s head into the noose, then knock the support under from the child’s feet and would instantly pull him out of the noose.
It’s a savage ritual, isn’t it? But while bringing the boy round, giving artificial respiration and performing other manipulations, Slivko used to get sexual satisfaction exactly in the same way as it had happened in a remote Siberian town.
Nevertheless, he felt sorry for the boys. He was still aware of the danger of such experiments for them. However, he didn’t have an idea of having to stop them any longer. He bought a camera and used to take pictures of the whole procedure. Afterwards he would study photos and reproduce the ritual in his imagination. It would set his mind at rest. When it had palled, he needed a “fresh” picture so the ritual would repeat. Slivko bought a movie camera and got a living picture that had a longer effect, nevertheless, the “renewal” was required.
He wouldn’t manage to revive some of the boys. Slivko would hide corpses safely and bury them in forest strips almost like Chikatilo. Once he knocked the support from under a teenage boy’s feet and saw him bite his bleeding lip; Slivko experienced orgasm at once. He wanted the feelings to repeat so he took a hand saw and cut off a shiny boot tip. Slivko watched a red gush of blood flowing from the feet. His movie camera kept working, and Slivko was getting pleasure.
Since he had never revived children, each time he would “work” with a hand saw by cutting his victims into parts, scattering and burying them in the depths of the forest.
Boys had been disappearing from 1964 to 1985. The police certainly noticed all of them to be members of the tourist club. However, searches and quests as well as the watch set up on Slivko were in vain. But once at work, when the investigator came up to the cabinet with a red arrow and caution board “Energized” on it, change came over Slivko’s face. It was noticed. School uniform, some photos and video cassettes were drawn from behind the door.
Young pioneer leader Slivko’s Theater of Death
Anatoly Slivko’s biography outwardly seemed untroubled and even presentable. He headed a children and youth tourist club “Chergid” in the town of Nevinnomyssk in Stavropol Territory, enjoyed an absolute authority with pioneers. Parents held him in high regard for his self-sacrificing work.
Slivko came to Nevinnomyssk after his military service, graduated from a technical college, worked at the integrated plant “Azot (Nitrogen)” and in parallel with that he worked as a young pioneer leader at a school on a voluntary basis. He didn’t smoke, didn’t drink alcohol and had never used obscenities. He would spend all his spare time on the children: he was engaged in their physical training, used to teach them the skills in making a camp fire, packing a backpack, putting up a tent. For many days he would go hiking with his pupils and students around their native region. Soon good fame about a devotee and educator spread beyond the town. Slivko was being talked about on tourist rallies. The “Chergid” club the director of which he had been appointed used to be praised at conferences of district committees; the model schoolmaster was held up as an example for his colleagues.
Later when the investigators had studied thoroughly everything related to Slivko’s and his club’s activity, it turned out that the “Pioneer Pravda (Truth)” and other newspapers had written about the director of “Chergid” many times, there had been over twenty broadcasts on All-Union Radio, and there had also been a world of honorary certificates and letters of acknowledgement.
By the way, there were not less publications about Slivko after it had come out about the maniac’s second, secret life directly connected with hiking and children. In 1985 he was almost by chance detained on suspicion of the disappearing of thirteen-year-old Sergei P. And, when the club rooms had been searched, they could scarcely trust their own eyes.
So far the domestic as well as world criminology hadn’t dealt with such facts yet. In a sadist way, Slivko had done away with seven teenage boys, moreover, the “honored teacher” was carefully shooting with a movie camera and photographing the death of the children, their agony, subsequent dismembering of the bodies and manipulations with them. And he had been safekeeping all the materials in his cabinet. When Slivko was arrested, he was 46 years old. He was a father of two boys, had a party membership card and the title the “shock worker of Communist labor”. But the most striking was the fact that he had killed most of the children while working in “Chergid”. He had been doing that staying unsuspected for 21 years.
During one of the interrogations, when he along with an operational investigations group had to comment on his own-produced movie, Slivko asked: “I trust the investigators, but I want as few as possible people to be present at the viewing. I’m scared of what people will see”.
When even the cameraman was horrified to watch the scenes shot by him…
After I had received a video tape with Slivko’s film copies, I’ll admit, I didn’t suppose I would see anything like that. I didn’t imagine what bizarre and oppressive impression those brutal documents could make.
We seem to have gotten used to everything – television makes us be permanent contemplators of disasters, epidemics, brutal terrorist attacks. And “video masterpieces” reduce the threshold of sensitivity much more when they relish bloody scenes in neorealist detective films and sadomasochistic thrillers. However, rely upon it that there aren’t any authors of horror films who are capable of reproducing what was shot by Slivko.
Dead silence, there was only a color picture on the screen when a child was dying in horrible pain and agony in front of your eyes. What is more, the sadist who was cold-bloodedly fixing the boy in his death agony was occasionally getting into the shot himself. He wasn’t just shooting the death, but feasting eyes on it lasciviously.
On the screen, there was a victim’s body dressed by the killer in a pioneer uniform and put down on a white bed sheet. Convulsions were getting few and far between… The following shot: there was a dismembered head in the framework of cut off legs. The camera was approaching almost right up to the dead child’s face screwed up and rigid with pain and fear.
The film was pretty long or it might have seemed to be like that. I’ll admit I managed to watch it till the very end only once. It was fair enough to feel grave cold only from the concept of that person who was a script writer, director, camera man and moviegoer all in one.
Slivko’s case was explored quite profoundly by specialists including medical professionals. The maniac contributed to it significantly. He was fairly frank with his investigators and was coming into contact with psychiatrists. Slivko’s expertise had been carried out twice, and his personality was well studied. In any case, scientists selected quite a number of medical terms which characterized the mental state of the person under investigation at the moment of committing a crime. There was vampirism, fetishism, necrophilia and sadism present in his conduct. He was getting much more sophisticated in his perversions. It’s also necessary to identify pyromania distinguished by psychiatrists.
All this was reflected in the films shot by Slivko. For instance, pyromania was expressed in the maniac’s setting fire to a victim’s boots doused by him with petrol beforehand. In some cases he would cut off boots with a hand saw and fix his actions with a film camera set nearby.
Actually, Slivko held a special attitude toward thoroughly polished and shiny children’s shoes. He said it was connected with the shock he had gone through in 1961. Then a tragedy happened in front of his eyes: a boy was killed beneath the wheels of a car. Slivko saw death throes of the teenage boy dressed in a pioneer uniform. He remembered a white shirt, a pioneer tie, dark school suit and shiny boots. Before that there had been some other cases when footwear had played the role of fetish. But the death of that pioneer was a turning point in the formation of the future maniac’s state of mind. Afterwards he would reproduce the details of that scene by playing out scenarios made up by him in remote cleanings in the woods.
He had always kept away from women and extremely rarely made love even to his wife, in fact, the recent ten years he had slept in a separate room at home.
In his childhood Slivko used to be frail and feeble, would suffer from insomnia, absence of appetite, and would feel shy of his appearance and awkwardness. He used to avoid noisy games with peers and sports. Slivko had already been carried away by breeding rabbits as a school boy, he would willingly kill and dress them out (in the same way as the boys from the tourist club who later put their trust in him). Although at the sight of blood or cut jowls as his relatives said he would turn pale and fall down in a faint. Here he reminds us of Chikatilo from Rostov who couldn’t bear the sight of blood. He couldn’t even chop the hen’s head with an axe. Instead he was a ‘master” in a forest strip where he would gut victims with rapidity and skills of a forensic pathologist.
Slivko was lovingly attached to boys. He preferred the age until sixteen years old. He used to lavish care upon those who were his favorite students and pupils. Slivko would take care of them and could get on the right side to each of them. When he felt child’s affection for him (I’ll remind you, all the people around Slivko looked up to him as a self-sacrificing and skillful teacher), the maniac used the boys’ curiosity and craving for mysteries and conspiracies and suggested taking part in a survival experiment. During the investigation he confessed that the children had never refused. He took a pledge of secrecy from a “test boy”. It also appealed to the boys since it was quite the same as adults’ behavior, moreover, according to the instructor, the experiment had to estimate the degree of hardiness and to check their courage.
To give some color of truth, Slivko would draw up a scenario and let his future victim read it. The plot used to be the same: the pioneer, a character, was passing through different ordeals including tortures. The maniac would explain the necessity of film shooting dimly. He was allegedly collecting the stuff and writing a book on limitations of human capacity. In some cases Slivko said that he had to know how to give first aid while hiking if anybody lost consciousness. The penalty scheme for offences also helped in the search for test boys. If a child ran into debt and didn’t pay off, Slivko made advances and suggested working out by taking part in the experiment.
The experiments were divided into deadly and non-fatal. But only Slivko knew about it whereas the boys didn’t take a guess that they were setting off to a forest along with excited uncle Tolya, but they might not come back yet.
He would beforehand get ready a clean well-pressed school uniform, a white shirt, a red tie and, of course, polished boots. The boy would promise not to eat anything ten-twelve hours before the meeting to avoid emerging of nausea and vomit in the course of the experiment. And immediately before the experiment the teenage boy had to relieve himself. Slivko would personally wash some of his test boys in a river and dress them – the “gourmand” was getting ready for a future bloody “feast”. The maniac would bring his victims in a state of insensibility in different ways. He used to either put a gas mask on their faces and make them breathe in ether or draw a plastic sack on their heads to block the access of air. But at most, he would use a noose made from a rubber hose. If Slivko carried out a deadly experiment, he would take the victim out of the noose ten-fifteen minutes later. By all means, he would tie the boys’ legs and arms firmly to ensure the “integrity” of the experiment. From the criminal case file: “Slivko’s sadism and necrophilia were manifested in dismembering the bodies with no intent to cover them up. He would cut off a head, arms, legs, and a trunk at waist height, would remove innards, rip a chest, abdominal cavity, would cut off a ball sack, a penis, ear conches and facial soft tissues. Sometimes the murderer intentionally used to damage an item which was a sexual symbol for him. For example, boots that he occasionally slit and set fire to them”.
Slivko would hang the killed boys’ bodies by their feet, carry them in his arms in front of the movie camera, change their clothes and compose different figures from cut legs and arms on the ground cloth. He had sexual relief without coming into direct contact with a victim. The maniac would masturbate using different fetishes (boots, photography and shooting materials, body parts which he would salt down for long-term storage) or he would carry out his experiments. But the greatest satisfaction did he get of a murder. Slivko’s psychic relief and sexual satisfaction were directly connected with torture scenes and the death of teenagers.
He had committed seven murders. But its number would have grown many times over (according to the criminal case file, thirty-three boys were connected to it as the victims of non-fatal experiments), but for the sadist’s fear of exposure.
How had he managed to remain free so long? Why had it taken twenty-one years to catch him? The answer was simple but wasn’t comforting: nobody had been searching for the murderer although it had been easy job to narrow him down.
Slivko had been detained after Sergei P disappeared. After the boy’s parents had written a statement, the police questioned his peers who remembered the schoolboy telling them about the upcoming film shooting with Slivko on the eve of his disappearance. The children characterized him as a weird person who used to shoot films about strangulations and other tortures. The policemen found out that another boy who had disappeared five years ago had to take part in shooting a film by the director of “Chergid” club. Exactly at that time field investigators at last called on the best friend of children Anatoly Slivko, a teacher with pedophilic bents.
In order to find any explanations of the faults of the police, it’s possible to say that for his deadly experiences, the killer usually chose boys from vulnerable families where parents didn’t take care of their children very much; sometimes they didn’t even notify the police of the disappearance of the son. The children themselves were not best pupils: they often ran away from home and used to have legal troubles.
But the main cause that hadn’t allowed the police to catch the maniac was the lack of experience in work at crime detection of serial killers. The system of law enforcement was not ready for the appearance of such monsters as Chikatilo, Slivko or Mikhasevich.
Gennady Mikhasevich had been arrested a year earlier than Slivko (later both maniacs were shot dead according to the court verdict). In fact, both the serious study of the issue as well as the personality of the killer who had been a serial killer-record holder and monstrous errors made in the course of the investigation had started since Mikhasevich’s detention.
Anatoly Slivko used to go up to a murder quite long. As the criminalists who know the background of his crimes point out he could keep himself cold in hand. He had high grade of social maturity, high level of moral prohibitions, and his intelligence wasn’t the lowest. But the deficiency of sex life “switched” on memories which every time brought about appearing of the boy’s image that had appalled him.
By all means, Slivko was a talented man, he came from his dream over to practice – the foundation of a tourist club with real boys but not from the field of imagination. It was not in his dreams any longer but in reality when he used to be the leading performer of the role which was played out by his deformed imagination. He came from the corpse dumped by the quirk of fate down to the production of corpses.