Occupation Farmer
Attack information
Date September 1905
Location(s) Mogilev, Russian Empire
Target(s) Children
Killed 9
Injured 0-1
Weapon(s) Knife

Serski (also spelled Sorski) was a Russian farmer who killed nine children near Mogilev, Russian Empire in September 1905.

In the course of a week Serski lured six children from several villages to come with him and then went with them to a secluded cave where he killed them. On September 18 he captured four more children and when their mothers reported their absence to police in Belczy, or Balczech a few hours later, an extensive search operation was started with the help of the villagers. When they were told by a shepherd that he had seen the old man with the children on their way to a forest half-an-hour away they soon discovered the cave thanks to the children's screams.

As the search party entered, they found two boys lying dead on the floor, while a third just had his stomach cut open by Serski, who was standing nearby with a knife. The fourth child lay naked on the ground with its hands and feet bound with ropes. The enraged villagers wanted to lynch Serski, but the policemen were able to stop them and brought him to prison, where he confessed to the other six murders. Regarding his motive he related that a ghost had visited him during the night and had told him that he could find every treasure in the earth, if he soaked the soil with the blood of fifty children. (It should be noted that the superstitious belief that treasures could be unearthed with the help of magic was widespread in Europe.) All his victims were aged between 4 and 7 years.[1][2][3][4][5]

The exact place of the murders seems to be somewhat of an obscurity, because no trace of a place named Belczy in the area of Mogilev could be found, and at least one source reported that the crimes had happened near Jarosław and were committed by a man called Sorski Mohilew.[6]


  1. Mosaik - Ein Kindermörder, Bohemia (September 26, 1905)
  2. Ruzné zprávi - Rozparal devet deti..., Národní listy (September 28, 1905)
  3. Smes - Mnohonasobnym vrahem z povery, Národní politika (September 29, 1905)
  4. Lokales und Vermischtes - Aberglauben eines Schatzgräbers, Berliner Tageblatt (October 14, 1905)
  5. Hellwig, Albert: Ein neunfacher Kindesmord zum Zwecke des Schätzehebens, in Gross, Hans (ed.): Archiv für Kriminal-Anthropologie und Kriminalistik, Vol. 24; Leibzig, 1906. (pp. 125-130)
  6. Ein siebenfacher Kindesmörder, Brünner Tagesbote (October 14, 1905)
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