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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Prostitutes Arrested In Madam's Murder

City Crime Statistics
 May 22-28 
Theft (total)1,003353
 For the Record 
Car accidents266
a) killed20
b) injured287
Public drunkenness4,646
Detained overnight316
Source: Moscow police

Four prostitutes have admitted to killing their madam in eastern Moscow last year and leaving the body to rot in her apartment after she refused to pay them for their work, an investigator working on the case said Tuesday.

The four suspects were arrested in the Ivanovo region town of Furmanov on May 16, said Alexei Manerkin, an investigator with the Northeast Administrative District branch of the City Prosecutor's Office.

The 28-year-old victim, originally from Furmanov, had periodically been working as a prostitute in Moscow until she decided last year to try her hand at running a brothel, Manerkin said, citing the suspects' confession.

She returned to her hometown last year and recruited the four women to come to Moscow, Manerkin said.

One night in late September, shortly after the suspects arrived, the madam refused to hand over their earnings, Manerkin said. She said they had not yet made enough money to recoup the cost of setting them up at their new jobs.

A fight broke out, and the suspects smothered the madam with a pillow, Manerkin said. Using blankets, cellophane and tape, the suspects wrapped up the corpse and stashed it in a ceiling cabinet in the madam's apartment on Kholmogorskaya Ulitsa, near the Babushkinskaya metro station. They then returned to Furmanov.

The corpse was discovered only in November after neighbors called police and reported a foul stench emanating from the apartment. The woman's body had decayed beyond recognition, he said. "It took forensics experts a long time to establish when she was actually murdered," Manerkin said.

The suspects were eventually tracked down in Furmanov. One of the suspects is 22, while the other three are 17, Manerkin said. The could be jailed for life.