Blood Dripping From Ceiling Leads to Arrest in Quadruple Slaying

Shoddy architecture and plumbing in Russia occasionally leads to gruesome discoveries. I’ve previously written about two cases in which killers hacked up their victims and flushed them down the toilet, only to have stunned neighbors call police when their bathrooms overflowed with bloody water peppered with chunks of human flesh.

But it was the flooring, not the pipes, that led to the arrest this week of a Sverdlovsk region man suspected of slashing four friends to death while they were passed out following a drinking binge.

On the afternoon of June 17, residents of an apartment building in the city of Pervouralsk called police and reported that blood was dripping from the ceiling of one of the apartments, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

Police arrived at the scene and entered the apartment from which the blood was presumably leaking. There they found the bodies of three men and one woman, all of whom had their throats slashed. The victims included the apartment’s 57-year-old owner, his 24-year-old son, their 64-year-old friend and an unidentified woman aged 30 to 35, regional investigators said in a statement.

Investigators made quick work of the case, tracking down and arresting a 24-year-old unemployed man early the following morning, the statement said. The suspect, who lived in the building, claimed that he killed the foursome following a drunken argument, regional Investigative Committee spokesman Alexander Shulga told KP. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.