Widow, 35, and Her 12-Year-Old Son Are Knifed To Death By Violent Russian Criminal She Met On A Dating Site
by Will Stewart, November 9, 2018
A 35-year-old widow and her 12-year-old son have been stabbed to death by a violent criminal she met on a dating website.
[Photo caption: Ekaterina [the murder victim] (left) had met Batygin [the killer] on a dating website after her 61-year-old husband Vadim (together right) had died from a heart attack]
Ekaterina Smirnova was killed by Dmitry Batygin, 30, at her home in Moscow which was then filled with gas in the hopes it would explode and destroy evidence.
Police say Batygin carefully planned the murders, wearing shoe covers to disguise his shoe-prints and gloves so as not to leave fingerprints behind.
The boy’s mouth had been taped closed to stop him screaming before he was stabbed more than 30 times.
But he confessed to the killings after police found his identity from conversations he had with Smirnova online before her death.
Officers eventually raided the flat of one his friends where they found him hiding along with Ekaterina’s mobile phone and her son’s games console.
He was also caught on CCTV entering Ekaterina’s block of flats with her earlier on the evening of the murders.
Batygin had previously served a jail sentence for violent crimes, though it is likely that Ekaterina did not know this.
Police have not yet revealed a motive for the crime, but are investigating whether Batygin was paid to contact Ekaterina by a relative of her late husband in a dispute over property.
…Ekaterina’s spouse Vadim Smirnov, 61, had died of a heart attack last year.
Ekaterina’s mother had become concerned when her daughter did not answer the phone.
‘I had a very trusting relationship with Katya (Ekaterina), and I knew she was waiting for a Dmitry, who she had met on a dating site,’ said her mother.