Looks can be incredibly deceiving, this goes without a saying, same goes for the Russian modern-day serial killer Tamara Samsonova. She has been dubbed the Granny Ripper and Baba Yaga. The horrifying supernatural old woman for Slavic Folklore was born on April 25, 1947, in the city of Uzhur.

The Granny Ripper Tamara Sampsonova
The Granny Ripper Tamara pictures on the day of her court hearing

On July 27, 2015, a couple within the apartment vicinity were going out for a casual stroll with their dog when a large plastic bag caught their dog’s attention. The couple opened the garbage bag to unravel the disturbing headless and limbless butchered torso.

Surveillance cameras surrounding the building captured footage of elderly women disposing of a large saucepan outside – as well as footage of an elderly woman dragging a large garbage bag to the side of the building just two nights prior to the gruesome discovery by the dogs.

CCTV camera footage where Tamara is seen carrying saucepan which contained head and lungs of her last victim.
CCTV camera footage where Tamara is seen carrying saucepan which contained head and lungs of her last victim.

The elderly woman was a 68-year-old Tamara Samsonov, who had been living in the complex with her husband for the past 40 years. The neighbors and investigators were taken aback, but they were about to learn more than they had bargained for.

Tamara had no choice but to be taken into custody on suspicion of murder. When the team of investigators went to check on Tamara Samsonova, they discovered blood splattered throughout the kitchen and bathroom, as well as a large kitchen knife that could have been used in the murder.

The Diary of Tamara Samsonova

Further investigation led police to something which will not only be used to prove Tamara Samsonova guilty but would also give them a major break in a previous murder investigation: Tamara’s diary.

The diary, which was sitting on a shelf next to books on astrology and black magic, had written entries that gave police detailed descriptions of not just one but multiple cannibalistic slayings dating back 20 years. The police were perplexed because each entry was written in fluent Russian, German, and English.

The killer's chilling diary which detailed her horrible crime
The killer’s chilling diary which detailed her horrible crime Credit: EAST2WEST NEWS

Diary entry from 2003 stated, “I killed my tenant Volodya cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife and put the pieces of his body in plastic bags and threw them away in different parts of the Frunzensky District.


The diary entry matched a murder case involving a 44-year-old man whose torso was discovered in the district in 2003, but the case went cold after police failed to find a suspect. Volodya’s tattoo, which matched the one on his body, was also mentioned in the journal.

Pages from her black magic book were missing, and they were discovered to be the exact spell pages that were left with the 44-year-discarded old’s remains; dark magic was implicated in all of her murders.

Tamara Samsonova’s Missing Husband

Tamara married Alexi Samsonov in 1971, and the couple moved to Dimitrov Street’s newly built panel house number 4. Tamara reported her husband missing in 2005; he was legally declared dead, and his whereabouts remain unknown. Many people believe she murdered her husband, as she did the rest of her victims.

The Granny Ripper’s murder confessions

Tamara Samsonova had no problem confessing to multiple murders after all the evidence pointed to her. Tamara confessed to police while in custody that the remains belonged to 79-year-old Valentina Ulanova. Tamara was caring for an elderly woman before her death, and the two got into an argument over dishes, and within minutes, Tamara had drugged Valentina with sleeping pills and hacked her to pieces while she was still alive.

Samsonova’s account of Ulanova’s murder would be leaked to the Russian press. “I came home and put the entire pack of Phenazepam – 50 pills – into her Olivier salad,” she had written. At 2 a.m., I awoke to find her on the floor. So I started chopping her up.” She claimed she dismembered her on the kitchen floor, then used a hacksaw to remove her head and hands before boiling them on the stove.

Tamara Samsonova reenacting how she killed Valentina
Tamara Samsonova reenacting how she killed Valentina

Tamara then removed the lungs and placed the remaining limbs in plastic bags. Some body parts were discovered not far from the apartment complex. Tamara’s tossed saucepan was thought to contain Valentina’s cooked head and lungs.

Tamara Samsonova confessed to over 21 more murders while living in the apartment, but the exact number of victims is unknown at this time.

Tamara remained calm and collected in court as she confessed to her heinous murders. She was so at ease that she even blew a kiss at the reporter in the courtroom. Tamara entered a guilty plea, claiming that she deserved the punishment she was about to receive. Tamara, who believes she should spend her final years in prison, told the jury that Valentina was her final murder. This marked the end of the chapter in her life devoted to serial killing.

Samsonova had spent several months in a psychiatric hospital, according to some of her neighbors. When she was interrogated, she claimed to be an actress and a graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. She later changed her story, claiming she worked as a maid in an opulent Russian hotel.

Tamara Samsonova was forced to take a forensic psychiatric exam, and the results on November 26, 2015, determined that she was a danger to society and herself, and she was placed in a specialized institution until the investigation was completed. In December 2015, she was admitted to a specialized hospital in Kazan for mandatory psychiatric treatment.

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