Serial killer Andrei Chikatilo was born on October 16, 1936, in a small Ukrainian village outside of Soviet Russia. Chikatilo’s early life was characterised by the terror and impoverishment of World War II. Extreme cold, poverty and starvation were characteristics of this era. Stalin forced small farmers to give their crops to the government to support the war effort and feed all of the people of the Soviet Union, The terror of the nearby Nazi occupation and of bombing was psychologically damaging. It has been reported ,with some question as to accuracy, that Chikatilo’s mother told him that his older brother had been captured and cannibalised. Chikatilo’s terror increased as his father was drafted into military service. His father was captured and held captive, and upon his release from the prison camp was ridiculed as a traitor for surrendering to the Germans rather than being received as a war hero. These wartime events caused emotional impairments in Chikatilo that were manifested in rage, social ineptness, and impotence. the heinous manifestation of his pathology would later result in the murder of 53 women and children, and the dubious distinction of being one of the world’s most prolific serial killers. Typical of the Soviet Union, the specifics of Chikatilo’s 12 year criminal career of lust homicides were hidden from public, as Soviet officials vehemently insisted that serial killers did not exist in the Soviet Union and were only a western phenomenon.