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Ukrainian Serial Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison

Serhiy Tkach in the dock during his trial in Dnipropetrovsk
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine -- A serial killer in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk has been sentenced to life in prison, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Serhiy Tkach was arrested in 2005. He had been found guilty of almost 80 rapes and murders. His victims were girls and young women.

Tkach, who used to be a professional criminal investigator, has been able to conceal his crimes skillfully for more than 20 years.

Nine people had been erroneously convicted for some of the rapes and murders committed by Tkach.