In a sleepy Ukrainian town of Poltava, a man hacked his wife, his wife’s sister and their newborn twin sons to death with an axe in what became known as “Poltava Infanticide”. The boys just turned one month old. The corpses were discovered by a neighbor from whom the family used to buy fresh milk.
The police learned that tensions existed between “The Butcher” Vitali and his wife Zoe right from the start of their relationship. Vitali was a convict with long police record. His first brush with law took place 15 years prior to the murder when he was sentenced to prison time for theft.
Vitali met with Zoe shortly after his latest release from jail. She was married to a different man but did not live with him. Vitali did not mind that Zoe was previously married and started a relationship with her. From the relationship, the twins were born.
Since Zoe was still officially married to her previous husband and didn’t want to rush with the divorce, tensions between her and Vitaly grew. After their twin sons were born, Vitali threatened that unless she divorces her first husband, he was gonna kill their sons. And to make it clear that he means business, he beat Zoe up several times and applied electric shocks to faces of infants.
During one of the disputes, Vitali tore all Zoe’s Ids, including her passport to shreds. Because she had no Ids, when time for her came to register her children and get their birth certificates, she put her first husband down as father of the twins and gave them his last name. That ticked Vitali off beyond control and blood was drawn with an axe.
Not only did Vitaly axe Zoe and their two sons to death, he also butchered Zoe’s sister who helped them to look after their children.
After his arrest, Vitali showed no signs of remorse. Instead, he repeatedly told the investigators what kind of whore Zoe was and how much he hated her. For his crime, Vitali was handed a life sentence.
Many thanks to 0D1N for leads to the story.