(Pichushkin is at the bottom row, second to the left. His first victim is the first on the bottom row sitting directly next to him.)
While Pichushkin spent his years in vocational school, he lived life as any normal Russian teen. He took a liking to drinking and played chess and cards in exchange for money. Despite the normality of his life, there were a slight few odd behaviors that came from him.
Once he had asked his two friends Mike and Alex Odiychuk if they were willing to write out their own suicide notes. The two took his words jokingly, but nevertheless complied. Pichushkin wasn’t one to kid around, which was found out the moment Michael Odiychuk was found missing July 27, 1992.
“We have a family with many children, Michael was the eldest. He was a good kid, he didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, did sports. He always warned us. And he stayed nowhere else at night, always went straight home. That’s why we were worried when he did not return that night and did not call,” his father told reporters.
It was later admitted that Pichushkin lured Odiychuk into the forests of Bitsa Park, threw a noose around his neck and dumped his dead body down the sewers.
They had planned to kill together, but it soon came to fail as Odiychuk backed out last minute.
“He did not meet expectations,” Pichushkin told investigators. “We agreed to kill him together, and as the time came, he flatly refused. There I was, I killed him.”
Despite the desperate searches, a body was never found so all chances of linking Pichushkin to the murder was lost.