The mysterious death of a suburban priest
Worry, just mystical death suburban father in his time has puzzled not only law enforcement but also of his fellow Church members, not to mention the congregation. And the story is ridiculous and even to some extent comical. Comical, at least for police officers.
In the winter of 1995 in the only police Department of a small suburban town (its name at the request of the participants in this case we are not called) have welcomed an unusual visitor. The priest from the local Church, is situated on the outskirts came in the evening to law enforcement agencies, to report regularly admitted to his threats. A man brought a whole heap of scraps of paper with uneven block letters. As later told the on-duty, they were written with a lot of errors, something many in the area laughed.
Strange threats and hell in the apartment of the priest
But the priest was not amused. According to him, he was regularly discovered these messages in your mailbox: first time in 3 days, and then daily. When the threats became frequent, the Russians feel the need to go to write the application in militia. Law enforcement asked whether he wishes to add anything, and the priest hesitated for a long time, and then gave that lately began to hear at night strange flip-flops in his apartment. As if someone was stomping her bare feet on the linoleum in the kitchen and the hallway, and stomping very loudly. On the question of whether he checked the source of the mysterious sound, the priest answered that he had not found in himself the courage to do this. Whenever in the home began this hell, he’d lock himself in his bedroom and prayed.
The priest was scared and feared that it will take for a madman. Attendant probably thought, but not raised her eyebrow and took a statement. However, to understand this history, no one at first did not think of it, some children throw the man a comic note with threats. And the thud in the apartment where the priest lived alone, and did like the ravings of a madman. In short, police officers have postponed this statement, as in dashing 90-e years in law enforcement and enough was too much.
The mysterious death of a priest
Less than two weeks, and the investigation team went to the challenge to suburban forest, in a clearing where the body was found. Belonged to it, as it turned out, not anyone anyhow, and the same priest. The muscles in the hands and feet of the deceased were absent, the body had lividity, it had significantly decomposed. Identified the priest only a pectoral cross (the clothing on the deceased was not), as well as the beard and long hair. Forensic experts concluded that death occurred approximately 9 days before the discovery of the remains. This meant that the body had been some time somewhere warm, and then was thrown out into the cold.
The pensioner called the police, told that daily walking in the woods with the dog, and half-decayed corpse was discovered only that morning.
It is surprising that around the body there were many traces that resembled… a large human hand. From the nearest road, passing near the forest, there was a chain of the same prints, and, strangely enough, through the snow parallel to the trail. Signs that the corpse had been dragged here, was not found.
Surveys of residents of nearby houses and the watchman of garage co-operative near anything not made clear. But the aforementioned retired said that before, repeatedly found in this clearing of the corpses of dogs, cats, birds and rats. An elderly man every time yourself buried them. He was sure that here are operating at night, Satanists acceptable to such sacrifice. Unfortunately, any other leads law enforcement never had any.
Unexplained footprints on the floor in the apartment of the priest
Decided to take a closer consider threatening notes. Each is completely illiterate written the message was, in fact, the same threats:
Renounce faith or you’ll die.
Take off your cross, otherwise feed him hungry.
Once again appear in the Church – will be tortured.
And stuff like that. Handwriting examination was in such a situation useless, and fingerprinting revealed nothing.
Went to batushkina apartment. The front door was locked with a key. Blood and signs of a struggle inside was not. All the values like ancient icons and crosses were spot on. Without much enthusiasm surveyed the surface of the walls and floor. And here experts surprised really. On the floor in the hallway and the kitchen were clear prints of the same huge hands with long fingers. You would think that they belong to a blacksmith or striker. Then investigators and remembered the words of the priest that someone was stomping at night in his home.
The version that someone broke into her apartment through the closed door and walked in the same hand, looked too fantastic and similar to the plot of a horror movie, so consider it seriously did not. Although older former investigator, thanks to which this story appeared on the world wide web still suspects that the reason could be some mystical power.
Fingerprints of these palms in the database, as you might guess, is not found.
Death by suburban priest remained a mysterious secret
The autopsy, meanwhile, showed that muscles with the feet and hands of the priest have been removed with surgical precision and not eaten by animals, as previously thought. No other trace of intervention on the body is not found. What was the cause of death of men, the medical examiner could not determine.
Began to question the arrival. It turned out that the priest did not appear in the Church after the day went to the police. Residents of the entrance informed the police that the home the man is kind of like that night never came. One neighbor tried to get through to him, but she did not open. Suspicious noises no one had heard, unknown visitors in the house have not seen. A real dead end for the investigation.
In desperation, the police decided to start from the very handprints and started checking disabled, which after the Afghan and Chechen wars in Russia a lot. In the end I went through the whole city, but no matches were found. Although any progress law enforcement, frankly, is not expected. So this case remains to this day unsolved. Fortunately, other such victims was not. At least the police about such or similar murders knows nothing…