Between 1978 and 1990 he killed over 50 women, boys, and girls. Impotent in his "normal" life, Chikatilo stabbed and often eviscerated his victims, achieving sexual pleasure from their bleeding and dying cries. He sometimes bit or chewed off parts of their faces, and he claimed that he chewed on the uterus of at least one of his victims. He gouged out his early victims' eyes, believing an old folktale that held that the last moments of death were recorded on the retinas of the dead.
The 1995 film Citizen X is a fascinating (fictionalized) look at the frustrating multi-year investigation and the difficulties of finding such a monster in a society which held that serial killers were a manifestion of Western decadence and therefore could not exist in a Communist nation. Indeed, Chikatilo wasn't caught and tried until after the dissolution of the Soviet empire; his trial was the first major media event of the post Soviet period.
During his trial he was kept in a cage in the courtroom, from which he exposed himself, yelled, sang, and refused to answer questions. He was found guilty of 52 counts of murder and five counts of sexual assault and sentenced to death, though it is believed he is responsible for many more deaths. He was executed in February, 1994, with a bullet behind his right ear.
His last meal? Porridge with a bit of beef.
Serve with a dry red wine, or, if you'd like to pretend you're on death row in Russia, perhaps with a bit of ice cold vodka.
Comrade Chikatilo: the Psychopathology of Russia's Most Notorious Serial Killer
Serial Killer Supper Series, Part I: The Dusseldorf Ripper
Serial Killer Supper Series, Part II: The Blonde Borgia