IT's fair to say Irina liked a drink.
In fact, the "quiet and respectable" Russian mum of two was so addicted to vodka she became a serial killer to quench her thirst for it.
Irina Gaidamachuk was born in 1972, in the Siberian town of Nyagan, and had a tough upbringing. Her parents liked a tipple and Gaidamachuk became addcited to booze as a young teen.
She was taken into care but later married her husband Yuri and settled in the town of Krasnoufimsk. Yuri was so alarmed by her alcoholism, he refused to give her any money, so Irina decided to get her own.
In 2002 police were called to a pensioner's flat. The elderly woman had been hit over the head with an axe.
Over the next eight years the murder count got higher. Elderly woman were being butchered in their homes for little apparent reason. In some cases, their homes were set on fire to try and hide the crime but it was obvious a serial killer was stalking the area.
The police investigation was handicapped by the fact they initially thought the killer was a man – after, all, surely no woman could be so deadly?
More than 3,000 people were questioned and eventually officers started to believe the crazed killer might actually be female.
They arrested one woman and after prolonged 'questioning,' got her to confess to the killings – but the murders didn't stop.
Then Irani made an error. One of her victims, who Irina had offered to do some decorating for, fought back and managed to escape.
Irina was then arrested and confessed to ** MUr
In 2002 Gaidamachuk began to murder elderly women around Sverdlovsk Oblast. She would pretend to be a social worker to gain access to the homes of the women, where she would kill them with an axe or hammer, then rob the victim for whatever money she could find. Gaidamachuk would sometimes set fire to the victim's home, attempting to cover her tracks, and would occasionally try to make the fire look like an accident. Police had linked the deaths together, but the investigation was slow and lacked many leads. The majority of the crimes were committed in Gaidamachuk's home town of Krasnoufimsk, with some being committed in Yekaterinburg, Serov, Achit and Druzhinino.
In 2010 Gaidamachuk attempted to kill another elderly woman, who managed to escape. The potential victim reported to the police that the killeress had just attacked her and that she´s female, which proved to be a vital clue as the police had assumed the killer was male. Gaidamachuk killed her final victim, Alexandra Povaritsyna, whose neighbor had seen her leave around the time of the murder. After the police received the information from Povaritsyna's neighbor, they arrested Gaidamachuk who quickly confessed to the killings. Another woman who had been initially suspected for the crimes, and after pressure from authorities, had already confessed to the murders. Gaidamachuk stated that she committed the murder-robberies to pay for vodka to feed her alcohol addiction, as her husband refused to give her money for it.
In February 2012, the court case began in Yekaterinburg. Gaidamachuk gave a confession to the indictment during the preliminary investigation, but contested this throughout her trial.  A forensic psychiatric examination conducted by GNTSSSP Serbsky showed that Gaidamachuk, although she showed some mental illness, was legally sane at the time of the murders.
In June 2012, Gaidamachuk was charged with 17 counts of murder and 1 count of attempted murder, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.    Relatives of the victims were outraged at the short length of the sentence, citing that Gaidamachuk received only just over a year per killing, adding that she should never be freed.
After securing their trust, the 41-year-old killed them by smashing their skulls with a hammer or an axe.
Then she robbed her victims, who were between 61- and 89-years-old, for the small amounts of cash in their purses.
In all her murders, police say she only gathered a total of around £1,000 from her victims. Sometimes she killed for as little as £20.
She confessed to police: 'I did it for money. I just wanted to be a normal mum, but I had a craving for drink.
Only one pensioner managed to escape, giving police the vital clue that the granny killer was a woman.
A police source said: 'We believed at first that only a man could be so cruel as to slaughter in this way.'
In fact, during a bungled investigation, in which the town of Krasnoufimsk was living in fear, officers also believed the killer could be a man dressed as a woman.
They also arrested the wrong woman, Irina Valeyeva, then 29, extracting a confession from an entirely innocent person.
After questioning more than 3,000 people they finally arrested the real killer in 2010.
One friend said: 'I simply cannot believe Irina is a mass murderer. She was a kind and gentle mother, always eager to help.'
Her husband Yury, who has since moved in with a new partner, said: 'I lived with her for 14 years but never suspected anything.'
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