Tamara Samsonova, 'Granny Ripper', Gobbled Up 14 Victims

Jonny Llama
  Published on March 1, 2022   

Tamara Samsonova, known as 'The Granny Ripper', is a Russian serial killer arrested in 2015 after sawing her roommate into 8 pieces. Police linked Samsonova to at least 9 other murders spanning back 20 years after finding her 'killing diary' containing confessions of murder and cannibalism.

Tamara Samsonova will spend the rest of her life in prison for her horrendous crimes.

Tamara Samsonova will spend the rest of her life in prison for her horrendous crimes.


On July 26, 2015, a local man stumbled on what he believed was a bloody shower curtain containing a dead animal in St. Petersburg, Russia. However, as he unrolled the curtain, he found a sight of horror and disgust. Wrapped tightly inside was the torso of an elderly woman. Her limbs would be later found spread across St. Petersburg, in 8 separate parts.

79-year-old Valentina was found cut into 8 separate pieces. Her torso (pictured here) was the first found. It was wrapped in a blue shower curtain.

79-year-old Valentina was found cut into 8 separate pieces. Her torso (pictured here) was the first found. It was wrapped in a blue shower curtain.


This woman, identified as 79-year-old Valentina Ulanova, was dismembered and "handed out in the territory of nearby residential buildings."

One Russian source reported, "Not far from the site, a plastic bag was soon discovered, in which part of the pelvis and hips to the knee lay."

A Kind Soul

Valentina Ulanova was a gentle, sweet, and kind elderly lady. Tamara murdered her because she "liked her apartment."

Valentina Ulanova was a gentle, sweet, and kind elderly lady. Tamara murdered her because she "liked her apartment."


Valentina Ulanova was the neighbor that everyone wish they could have. She was constantly lending a helping hand to anyone in need and she was just overall a "joyful person."

However, her niceness and selflessness caused her to allow her future killer into her home. At the time, Tamara Samsonova was living with Valentina.

Gutter Grandmother

Press dubbed Tamara Samsonova 'Baba Yaga' after the evil cannibal witch from Russian folklore.

Press dubbed Tamara Samsonova 'Baba Yaga' after the evil cannibal witch from Russian folklore.


Tamara Samsonova has had several monikers given to her by the press, but the one that really describes her demented character is "Baba Yaga". In Slavic and Russian folklore, Baba Yaga refers to a maternal grandmother who dwells in the forest and shifts from a maternal helper to a cannibalistic witch.

It is no surprise that Tamara had overstayed her welcome. In fact, her neighbors despised the 68-year-old and would prefer her to leave all together. The tension caused by Tamara led to a quarrel with her roommate, in which he "beat the victim... dismembered her corpse and carried her out to the street."

The Granny Ripper caught on CCTV carrying out her latest victims body parts.

The Granny Ripper caught on CCTV carrying out her latest victims body parts.


Although the Granny Ripper denied the murder at first, she soon confessed after confronting with CCTV footage of her carrying out Valentina's corpse in several trash bags.

In one haunting moment, we see the killer walking down the stairs with a large pot, which was later found to contain her roommate's head.

When police asked the crazed killer about her motive, she simply replied, "I really liked her apartment."

Once Normal

Samsonova was born on April 25, 1947. We know that in her early life; she excelled in academics, receiving a higher education degree from the prominent Moscow Linguistic State Institute.

She was married up until 2005 when her husband disappeared. Police surmise Tamara ended his life.

Tamara wasn't always so hated by her neighbors, even liked by many. She made extra money by selling vodka from her apartment window, supplementing her employment at a high class European hotel.

Neighbors referred to Tamara's apartment as the "crypt cluttered with trash."

Neighbors referred to Tamara's apartment as the "crypt cluttered with trash."


As we now know, Tamara Samsonova had been living with a schizophrenic disorder that went untreated for an undetermined amount of time.

This also became clear during the moment of her arrest in which she began clapping her hands and saying how excited she was to be spending the rest of her life in prison.

The 'Killing Diary'

Tamara kept a secret "killing diary" which outlined 10 or more murders.

Tamara kept a secret "killing diary" which outlined 10 or more murders.


Police have linked the Granny Ripper to several other murders through the confessions outlined in what they have called Tamara's 'killing diary'.

Found in her apartment, which was also labeled the "crypt clogged with trash", was a daily journal written in Russian, English, and German that dated back 2 decades.

The Granny Ripper plunges a sharp object through neck showing police how she killed her victims after drugging them with sleeping pills.

The Granny Ripper plunges a sharp object through neck showing police how she killed her victims after drugging them with sleeping pills.


In this diary, Tamara switches from mundane banter to gruesome outlines of body dismemberment. One entry she would complain about her bitter coffee and in another she would say, "I killed my tenant Volodya, cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife and put the pieces of his body in the plastic bags."

Another entry read, "I cut out his lungs, removed them from the body and threw them away in the Frunzensky district."

Book of Spells

The Granny Ripper caught on CCTV carrying out her latest victim. Valentina's head was inside the pot.

The Granny Ripper caught on CCTV carrying out her latest victim. Valentina's head was inside the pot.


Perhaps even more interesting with the Granny Ripper murders is the 'Book of Spells' found in Tamara Samsonova's apartment. Some pages had been removed and found with her victims' bodies dating back 20 years.

The "spells" are outlined using human organs as ingredients. Perhaps we know now why all of Tamara Samsonova's victims, including Valentina, were missing the organs of the body.

Tamara Samsonova, 'The Granny Ripper', will spend the rest of her days locked up in solitude.

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Sources

Granny the Ripper of St Pete? Body parts & book of spells expose pensioner (RT 29, July, 2015)
Baba Yaga from Dimitrova Street about the St. Petersburg pensioner who turned into a popular monster (Lenta.ru)
“Diary of Death” by a merchant grandmother (rosbalt.ru)
The ripper Mitrofanovna: the neighbors talked about the life of a maniac from Peter (MKRU)
Tamara the Ripper (Gazeta.ru)
She did not describe the murder: NTV had a diary of a St. Petersburg dismemberment (NVT.ru)
A headless body with severed limbs was discovered on Dimitrova Street (fontanka.ru)
Russian pensioner Tamara Samsonova may have eaten victims (The Independent 06 August 2015)
The old ripper was educated at an elite university in Moscow (lifenews.ru)
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