They seemed like an ordinary middle-class family with jobs that made them pillars of the community they lived in. But dentist Roman Podkopaev, wife Inessa Tarverdiyeva and her daughter Viktoria Tarverdiyeva were in fact a ruthless gang of killers who robbed and murdered their way through a region of Russia in a six-year reign of terror. They even roped their 13-year-old girl Anastasiya into the spree during which they shot dead or butchered at least 30 victims, including children and police officers. The gang were dubbed a “family of monsters” who set off on their missions of murder like they were “going to the office for a day’s work”.
Podkopaev, 35, was killed in a shootout with police last week as officers finally closed in. [One] (...) occasion the gang tortured and killed two teenage girls, gouging out their eyes.