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Episode 16 · 1 year ago

Minisode: The Mossgas Killer

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Hi guys welcome back to did you lockthe door, the PODCAST, I'm your host, Payton Reece, and I'm so excited abouttoday's episode. Today we are actually traveling all the way to Russia. Istudied abroad for three weeks in Russia about a year ago, and it was oneof the best experiences of my life easily. While I was there, I made acouple F friends, one of whom I still communicate with pretty regularly onInstagram, and she is actually the one that brought this case to my attention.This is one that I have not seen mentioned in any podcasts or youtubevideos or any American media outlets. I actually really had to rely prettyheavily on Russian news outlets for this one, which was exciting, becauseRussian language was one of my minors when I was getting my bachelor's degree,so it was so nice to be able to put those language skills that I learned towork and have to translate all of this information. And with that being said,most of these Russian media outlets did omit certain names of people involvedwith this case, and I definitely think that was done for privacy reasons andif I thought that it took away from the story that I'm about to tell you at all,I wouldn't be bringing this case to you. So no worries guys. I just wanted toput it out there before I get into the case that some of the names of a coupleof victims and certain other people involved have been omitted, but it issuch an interesting and insane story and I'm pretty sure it'll be one thatmost of you have never heard about...

...before. So without further ado, let'sget into it. Vladimir Yon Sion was born in Toblisi,Georgia in the yea N, tousand, nine htunden and thirty seven when he wasjust a young boy. His father was sentenced to seven years in prison fortrade fraud. His father would maintain his innocence, however, and his entirefamily would remain adamant about the fact that he was not guilty in onthosand Ninetueden. Fifty four at the young age of only seventeen Ioni son,found himself in trouble with the law. He would be found guilty of thefts andwas sentence to five years of crobation. Well, I could not find what exactly wasstolen. I did read that a group of Yoni sons friends participated in this crimewith him. The names of these friends are unknown, so I am unsure of theirsentences. However, I would imagine that they are similar to that that our main man, Oni son, was sentenced to. I was actually quite shocked readingabout this, because I mean it's no secret that the Soviet Union was quitefond of their harsh punishments, so he was incredibly lucky to have only beensentenced to five years probation. I mean that's insane for the time youonly son, however, would not be so lucky come the NE thousand nine hundredand fifty nine when he would receive a sentence of two and a half years inprison for evading military service upon his release. He would quickly findhimself married and he and his wife would almost just as quickly findthemselves parents, his wife having given birth to their first and onlychild a son and again since there is very little information both about aYoni Son and about certain other people involved in this story that is outthere on the Internet, especially in English. I wasn't able to find the nameof his wife or of his child, but they...

...don't play a huge role in this story.So I don't think you all willlieve disappointed that you don't know thename of his wife and his child. Onisan's unnamed wife discovered thathe was in pretty fairly often still hanging out with a group of friendsthat he had gotten arrested with. I one thousand nine hundred and fifty fourand after finding out about this, she was actually able to convince herhusbands that associating with this crowd, could result in him winding upback in prison once again, so the family up and moved to Orenburg Russia. This new city was not only one thousandthree hundred and eighty two miles or two thousand two hundred a twenty fourkilometers away from their home in Toblisi. It was also in a differentcountry. They moved from the country of Georgia to the country of Russia.Yonison's wife hoped that this move would result in him, leaving any tracesof his criminal past behind upon arriving in Ourenburg yonison would geta job as an actor and a singer at a local theater that largely focused oncomedic productions. The family was settling in pretty well and there was aperiod where they live normal and happy lives. All of this would begin tochange, however, when the theater that yeuonison worked at hired a BALLARINAnamed Alevatina Dmitrieva Nison was immediately smitten andreportedly Dmitrieva felt the exact same way for a while. They were satisfied withtheir secret love affair. However, eventually and unsurprisingly, the twobegan to fantasize about running away to Moscow together to start a new life,this fantasy would soon become a reality. One day, ionisan and DMITRIOVAwalked into their local train station, purchase tickets to Moscow and lefttheir lives and, in Aonison's case his family behind, without a secondthoughts once they arrived in Moscow, some of their excitement began to wane,as the two realized that they now had.

No home and no jobs by some miracle.Onison ran into a very kind man willing to allow him and his lover to reside inan apartment he owns but did not use. Finding jobs, however, would prove tobe a much more difficult task, so difficult in fact, that Yonisaneventually decided his only option was to turn to robbery to make money onDecember twentieth of nineteen sixty three. After deciding on an apartmentcomplex, he began knocking on doors, pretending to be an inspector for thecompany Mos Gass Moscas was a company that installed gas lines for most ofthe homes and apartments in Russia. It was incredibly common for inspector tostop by unannounced just to check on the gas columns and make sure thateverything was working properly. Since this was such a common occurrence,the residence of the apartment complex that ionisan decided to victimize, lethim into their homes without a second thoughts. The door to one of theapartments was opened by a twelve year old boy. After answering and realizing that thechild was home alone, you nonisen removed an axe from his bag that he hadbrought with him and struck the boy at least ten times in the chest and head.He then collected his loot of sixty roubles, which at the time would havebeen about eighty cents in US dollars, so an incredibly small amount, even inSoviet, an uninone thousand nine hundred and sixty three, a childsweater, a bottle of Cologne and a pair of sunglasses, the police, recognizing the fear thatthe community was feeling got right to work. On this case, Yoni Son hadvisited several apartments, so it was easy for them to put together andquickly release a sketch of the attacker dhisgest resembled him so perfectlythat he got spooped and decided that his next attack had to be an entirelydifferent city. Just five days after...

...his first murder, onison convinceddmitriva to take a trip with him and the pair traveled four and half hoursby train to the city of Ivanovo. He once again posed as a MOSGASemployee and eventually entered an apartment in which he found a twelveyear old boy, home alone. He once again removed his axe from his bag and killedthe child. This time he would escape with only a jacket and two fountainpens, perhaps feeling dissatisfied with his Lute Yoni son would commit to hisnext murder. Just one hour later, he knocked on the door of a seventy fouryear old woman and correctly, assuming that he could overpower her. He killedher before stealing a pocket flashlight and seventy COPEX and COPEX. Just so,you will know, are a form of, or they were, a form of Russian currency, evensmaller than the ruble. So his lute this time was smaller than anything hehad procured so far, while Yonisan would always maintainthat the motive for his crimes was robbery. His next crime, coupled withthe fact that he always brought a deadly weapon to the scene and rarelytook anything of real value from his victims apartments, would lead thepolice to believe that this was not at all the case. Just one day after hisdouble murder, he once again went out and began his usual maus gas roose after knocking on a door and finding afifteen year old girl named Galina inside all alone, he subdued her rapedher and then hit her over the head nine times with his axe. He did not steal anything from herapartment. Galina would be luckier than Aoni San's previous victims. She wouldsurvive his attack and she was even able to give the police a descriptionof the man who had attacked her. The description that Goleina gave to thepolice was nearly identical to the one Gibben following the first attack, notonly that, but the murders had occurred in such a short timespan that thepolice knew. They were almost certainly...

...looking for the same perpetrator, the similar Mo to the murder of the oldwoman and to the two little boys allowed the police to connect thosemurders to this maniac. Following this discovery, Russia would assign theirbest detectives from all over the country to this case and if you knowanything about the detective work on the AndreChiketello case, perhaps Russia's most infamousterial killer you'll know thatthis was handled so much differently and so much better and for the Sovietpolice. This was a very impressive task force put together to catch this man. At this time a culture of fear wasspreading throughout the country, although the murders so far had onlybeen committed in two cities. People all across Ressia were terrified. Manyof ruscious children actually began calling their friends and after aboutfive to ten seconds of silence, would whisper Mosgas calling before hangingup onison, began to see an increased police present in Ivanovo, so he andDmitrieva travelled back to Moscow. The couple had only been in Ivanovo forthree days from December twenty fifth to December, twenty eighth. Afterreturning to Moscow, it would take only three days for EONI son to kill againonce again using his Mosgas Roos. He knocked on doors until he found aneleven year old boy named Sasha alone in his apartment, Oni seon wasted no time bringing theaxe down on the boy's head, killing him. He would again take nothing from thisapartment. Ionisan would commit his final murder.On January eighth of Nineteen D, Sixty four worried that the fear of thecitizens of Moscow were feeling would cause his Mosgas rooes to beunsuccessful. This time around Yionisan decided to pose as an employe ofRussia's housing department coming to check and see if any improvementsneededs to be made. At this point, it...

...had been well established that the manterrorizing Russia was posing as a mas gas employee, so people were likely tolet their guard down as soon as they heard the words housing departments andnot the word Mols gas upon entering an apartment of a fortysix year old woman living alone, Yoni San waited for her to turn her backbefore bringing the axe down on her head over twenty times. This time,eonisan would once again steal something from her. He walked away with three pairs of woolsocks, a small clock, thirty roubles and a small TV, a police officer wouldnotice the man walking down the street carrying as TV and catching a ride,with a passing driver correctly. Believing this to be suspicious. Theofficer was able to track down the car after only a few days and upon doing soaskd the driver where he had taken the man while poleice were working on this. Itwas determined that a woman in the area had recently been murdered most likelyby the most gas killer, and that is TV had been taken from her apartment. The driver of the car was able to takepolice right to the home of Iyonisan and Dmitrieva, and she was horrifiedwhen the police entered and began asking her about the mose gas killer.She had not for a second suspected, the man she loved to be at all violent. Itis unclear, however, if she was aware of his decision to use left as a sourceof income after some convincing by the police,Dmitrieva agreed to help officers capture her lover. She told them thathe had recently left for Kasan a Russian city about ten hours away fromMoscow by train and that he would be returning on January. Twelfth policehad Dmitrieva Call Ayonisan and arranged to meet him at the trainstation upon his return. This allowed them to find out what time and at whatstation eonison would be arriving. They made sure to have officers waiting forhim when he arrives back in Moscow. They had already found the TV in theapartment that he shared with Dmitriova...

...and through that they were able todetermine that he was more than likely the mauds gas killer. His murder spreehad lasted approximately nineteen days. His trial would last even less thanthat at eighteen. He would be found guilty on January thirty, firstthousandnine Tunden and sixty four and after the police announced that theSoviet Union would not tolerate any individual that committed such heinouscrimes. He was executed by gunfire the very next day, despite her assistance in the captureof the MOSGAS killer. DMITRIEVA would be sentenced to fifteen years in prisondue to the police, believing that she had helped Yonisan cover up his crimes, and that is all that I was able to findfor you guys on Russia's Mas gas killer. I hope you enjoy learning about this asmuch as I did. I mean enjoyable for lack of a better term.It's never enjoyable to hear about such brutal crimes, but it was kind ofexciting to research, a case that I had never heard of before and from the lackof American news coverage that it got. I'm sure most of you haven't heard ofeither. As I said in the Intro, I'm going to go ahead and categorize thisas a minnesode, because this one is going to be so short. I'm sorry aboutthat. I will try to get my next episode out for you guys in just a couple ofdays. I knew this one would be shorter, but you guys deserve another episodethis week, so I'm going to get that out as soon as possible. Remember that youcan follow me at lock the door pod on instagram and twitter. I have afacebook page. All you have to do is look for, did you lock the door andplease feel free on any of those platforms to Dmm our thoughts on any ofmy episodes, any case suggestions that you have or if you just want to say hi.I always welcome that. You can also email me with any of thosethings at lock the door pod at GMAILCOM,...

...and I will make sure to get a newepisode out to you guys very very soon, as always, make sure you lock yourdoors, bye.

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